Senior Quantity Surveyor at calfordseason Anna Keys MRICS tells us what it's like to be a senior quantity surveyor in her own words.

Anna Keys MRICS

My extremely varied role sees me working across a portfolio of projects, mainly for housing associations across the south of England. I act as an employer's agent on many of my projects; this means I oversee the whole project from start to finish. In this role, I manage the project’s finances, so it’s down to me to make sure we are on track and within budget . I need to spend plenty of time traveling to sites to monitor progress — many of the contractors I work with call me "The Timekeeper" when on site.

What route did you take?

I’ve always had a passion for the details and differences in historical buildings and in the modern-day versions; an opportune meeting with a careers advisor well and truly sparked my interest in a surveying career.

I started out as a trainee at a small, traditional quantity surveying firm that specialised in historic buildings, where I was able to learn the fundamental skills and broaden my knowledge while on the job. Five years later I was a proud owner of a degree in quantity surveying from Greenwich University and had completed a conversion course at the College of Estate Management.

The best bit

With over 14 years of experience now under my belt, my proudest career moment has to be when I became a fully-qualified member of the RICS and had my name published in "The Book".

I have also been presented with two awards for my commitment to RICS and have been shortlisted for the Young Surveyor of the Year award. I have found that the support provided to RICS members helps to reinforce professionalism among surveyors, by boosting confidence and knowledge.

I love the satisfaction of being involved with a job from the concept right through to the moment the keys are handed over and residents begin to move in. It’s visible proof that all the hard work has been worth it and is for a good cause — it’s a great feeling.

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