The Quantity Surveying profession offers many specialisations and includes many different titles. The following are a list of titles a Quantity Surveying professional may have in the Building Construction sector:

Commercial Manager

A Commercial Manager is responsible for overseeing and managing the finances of a project as it progresses. They are typically the head of a commercial team, overseeing the work of quantity surveyors, estimators, and planners.

Contract Administrator

A Contract Administrator develops, negotiates, and evaluates company contracts. They are charged with ensuring that both parties are complicit with the terms of the contract, as well as ensuring that all payments are in accordance with the contract abide by any relevant laws.

Contracts Manager

A Contracts Manager assists in the tendering process for projects; executes deliverables of client contracts; and monitors, manages, and reports on commercial and contractual governance across projects.

Cost Consultant

A Cost Consultant provides estimates and advice regarding the cost of construction works and provides estimated costs on the future (life cycle) costs the asset will incur.

Cost Manager

A Cost Manager is an integral part of a construction team. The Cost Manager is concerned with projecting and managing the expenditures of a construction business, monitoring finances, and identifying potential cost risks to prevent spend over budget.

Cost Planner

A Cost Planner investigates financial feasibility in the early stages of a proposed project and throughout the design stages. This assists clients and contractors in determining whether a project is feasible within their time and budget constraints.


An Estimator quantifies the materials, labour, and equipment needed to complete a construction project. This includes the process of forecasting the financial and other resources needed to complete a project within a defined scope. They account for each element or cost breakdown required for the project—from materials to labour—and calculate a total amount that determines a project's budget. Note that Cost Estimators also work with Product Suppliers.

Loss Adjuster/Assessor

A Loss Adjuster/Assessor estimates quantities and costs of materials related to insurance claims.

MEP Quantity Surveyor

An MEP Quantity Surveyor specialises in feasibility, cost estimation and planning, measurement, preparation of BOQs, and contractual obligations specifically for the MEP requirements for construction projects.

Procurement Manager

A Procurement Manager purchases all the necessary materials for the contractor’s projects, searching for the most cost-effective and appropriate materials for each job.

Production Estimator

A Production Estimator is responsible for preparing BOQ's and take offs, preparation of purchase orders, and calculation of client variations.

Project Manager

A Project Manager oversees the planning and delivery of construction projects. They ensure that work is completed on time and within budget. They organise logistics, delegate work and keep track of costs.

Quantity Surveyor (covers Graduate and Senior)

A Quantity Surveyor estimates and monitors the costs of construction through the lifetime of a building, from feasibility through design and construction to demolition or repurposing.

Quantum Expert

A Quantum Expert quantifies values, costs, and damages.  They carry out data analysis by reviewing project information including raw accounting data, drawings, letters, financial data, and change orders.

Senior Estimator

A Senior Estimator provides cost estimation services as well as determines contractual, financial, technical, and operational risks and to find opportunities to minimise risk and maximise gross profits.

Senior Building Estimator

A Senior Building Estimator leads tender bids utilising subcontract and consultant data and cost bases to produce tender proposals.  They analyse and predict labour, material, and time requirements for projects and analyse differences between estimated cost and actual cost and adjust bids accordingly.

Tax Practitioner

A Tax Practitioner at the completion of a construction project produces tax depreciation schedules.