coulson building group

Recruitment & Vacancies

Recruitment

The Coulson Building Group are proud to run one of the largest directly employed workforces in the Cambridge Area. For over 135 years we have continued to maintain a training and recruitment programme that has produced some of the best managers and skilled craftsmen in the area.

Today we have over 60 directly employed staff covering all key trades including: Managers, Technical, Agents/Foreman, Administration, Carpenters, Joiners, Bricklayers, Masons, Labourers, Painters, Plasterers, Plumbers, Electricians and Plant Fitters.

Running a business means constantly improving and constantly learning. Our aim is to support and develop all employees, improving their performance and, in turn, that of our Company.

Coulson Building Group are long term believers in providing equal opurtinities to all, to see how we are commited to this please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.

For further information on how we handle personal data, see our Recruitment Privacy Notice.

current vacancies

Small Works Estimator

Full Time
We are currently seeking an Estimator to join our established and highly motivated team. With clear objectives and the support of your fellow colleagues, you will be part of a successful team contributing to the development of many varying projects across East Anglia. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary and benefits package as well as a full programme of training and development opportunities for your ongoing development.  
  • Liaise and support client engagement before, during and following the tender process to fully understand the client’s requirements.
  • Produce cost effective specifications and estimates based upon client enquiries and/or estimates.
  • Prepare and ensure tender submissions are submitted accurately and on time.
  • Engage with supply chain suppliers and subcontractors to obtain accurate quotes for materials and services to establish true cost estimates.
  • Understand and scrutinise the supply chain suppliers and subcontractor quotations ensuring accuracy, value for money and resolve cost discrepancies whilst maintaining profitability.
  • Understand and present financial overviews of tenders and their value for adjudication.
  • Develop the Company’s current supply chain introducing new suppliers and sub-contractors.
  • Help to develop new business by introducing new tender opportunities.
  • Have a thorough understanding of project, scope of works and restrictions imposed by contractual requirements and site conditions.
  • Prepare a handover pack and presentation for the construction team when handing over secured tenders.
  • Work closely and assist with the pre-construction team on quality questions and further bid requirements.
  • Assist with completing PQQs and ITTs.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively to all team members.
  • Help ensure that the Company maintains its image for quality and value for money.
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All our current vacancies are listed on this page.
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Recruitment opportunities

Undergraduate Placement Scheme

If you’re resourceful, conscientious and keen to learn and develop we will ensure you are given every opportunity to excel.

We believe that what sets our placement apart from others is that you will experience greatly varied work, be given real responsibility and have access to the wealth of knowledge and experience that our talented workforce has to offer.

Post graduation employment opportunities

We are always looking to recruit the next generation of talented construction professionals so a successful placement can pave the way for longer term employment opportunities post graduation.

A number of previous placement students have returned to work for us post graduation.

What are we looking for in placement students?
  • Firstly you must be studying a relevant construction related Degree such as Construction Management or Quantity Surveying and set to achieve at least a 2:1
  • You must be proactive and committed to a career in construction. A team player with the potential to lead others towards a shared goal.
  • This placement carries real responsibility and your input will directly influence the success of projects you are involved in.
  • Capabilities are recognised and rewarded and you will be encouraged to grow and take on increased responsibilities as you find your feet.
  • You will gain diverse work experience working for us, a medium sized contractor, as you will be involved first hand across all areas of pre-construction and project delivery during your placement.
  • Although responsibility is a key feature throughout the placement you will benefit from strong support from managers and colleagues with a wealth of experience and expertise.

FAQs

When is the best time to apply?

We accept applications throughout the year but short listing and interviews usually take place early in the New Year so please ensure your application reaches us in good time to allow us to consider you.

Will I need to relocate?

Our projects are predominantly based in East Anglia, Cambridgeshire in particular, so depending on where you live you may need to relocate. As is customary in our industry we have early start times on site so please consider this when deciding whether to relocate or not.

Will I need a driving license and car?

A driving license is essential during your placement as you will be regularly visiting sites whether in a surveying or site/project management capacity. Whilst not essential, having your own vehicle would be useful, with the company reimbursing you for any business mileage.

Recruitment opportunities

Apprenticeships & Work Experience

Coulson Building Group has throughout its history maintained a training programme for trade apprentices, work experience, trainee technicians and undergraduates.

We normally offer a number of apprenticeships for trades and technicians, work experience places to local schools and undergraduate placements each year.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships combine on the job training with college attendance. Typically the apprentice will attend college for one day a week and work on site for the remaining four days. The structure of the training will depend on the trade undertaken but will typically include:

  • NVQ levels 2 & 3
  • Technical Certificates Levels 2 & 3
  • Key Skills
  • Health & Safety
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

New apprenticeships begin in September to coincide with the start of the college year. For our current intake please see Apprenticeship Opportunities within our Vacancies listings above. If you wish to apply for an apprenticeship please send a CV and covering letter to: natalie.firmin@coulson.co.uk

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