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Murphy is a leading international, multi-disciplined engineering and construction company founded in 1951 that improves life by delivering world-class infrastructure. Operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, Murphy provides better engineered solutions to infrastructure sectors including transportation, water, power and natural resources. We also have a number of related businesses – Ground Engineering; Utility Connections; Murphy Plant; Murphy Process Engineering; Pipeline Testing Services; Specialist Welding Services; and Electrical Services. Murphy is a specialist in delivering pipelines, design, structural steel, tunnelling, fabrication, bridges and piling, and has a substantial holding of plant, equipment and facilities. Murphy employs more than 4,000 engineers, professional managers and skilled operatives around the world. Together, we work as ‘One Murphy’ by directly delivering the people, plant and expertise needed to make projects a success. There’s more to Murphy.

Murphy goes green

  • 36% reduction in carbon emission intensity to date
  • 98% of waste diverted from landfill
  • Introduced cleaner burning Gas-to-Liquid fuel (first construction company in the UK)
  • Installed electric and hybrid car charging points
  • Working towards being Net Zero by 2030

Graduate programme

Murphy are hiring Graduate Quantity Surveyors to work closely with our commercial managers. This is an exciting opportunity for graduates to join an established Contractor. Finish university and start your career for real, as you join the two-year Murphy Graduate programme. Plunge yourself into our world, keep your eyes open for every opportunity, and in just two years, you’ll find yourself well on your way to achieving a professional qualification with support from your dedicated Mentor. We are committed to the development of our quantity surveyors and our graduate programme is closely aligned with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. You’ll also receive technical and soft skills training throughout the 2-years, through a structured training programme. We want you to experience as much as possible when you join Murphy, and there are a whole host of skills and competencies, we want you to gain as part it. Therefore, we are excited to offer the opportunity to rotate to different sectors or projects whilst on programme, enabling you to maximise your learning and exposure to your field of study.

As a Graduate QS your role is to support the business and particularly the Commercial Team through the provision of high-quality Commercial support on projects.

At the same time, you will be required to complete the Murphy Graduate Training Programme along with the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience as you rotate through different sectors of the business to enable you to achieve Chartered Status.


Procurement & tendering

  • Assist in the preparation and management of subcontract and material procurement schedules.
  • Drafting of simple subcontracts

Accounting principes and procedures

  • Assist in preparing cash flow forecasts & improvement plans for all projects.
  • Maintain / assist in the production of the margin improvement plan on the project.


  • Identify key project risks and opportunities; complete and update the project risk and opportunity register.

Commercial management & financial control

  • Preparation of internal commercial and other reports as required.
  • Use of cost allocation/coding which satisfies both internal and external requirements.
  • Preparation and maintenance of a robust cost to complete/ bottom-up forecast.
  • Preparation of Cost Reports to the Client with contractually compliant supporting documentation.
  • Preparation of material for Year End Audit.

Contract practice & administration

  • Administration of subcontractor/supplier accounts from the preparation of detailed requisitions, monitoring, and authorisation of subcontract payments through to agreement of final accounts.
  • Undertake the contract administration, including change management and maintain associated registers.
  • Administers requirement for Main and Sub-Contract guarantees, warranties, insurances, and bonds.

Construction technology

  • Utilises knowledge and understanding of construction technology to achieve our sustainability, inclusive environments, and life cycle costing aims on a project.


  • Preparation of Valuations/Applications for Payment with full supporting documentation in accordance with the contract.
  • Preparation and negotiation of pricing complex change including programme impact.
  • Measurement of quantities in accordance with Standard Methods of Measurement
  • Draft and agree simple final accounts with Clients and Subcontractors.

Conflict avoidance

  • Utilises knowledge of various types of conflict avoidance and dispute resolution processes to successfully resolve simple disputes.
  • Able to resolve Client disputes, with assistance.

Programme & planning

  • Uses knowledge of different types of construction programmes and concept of float when drafting and reviewing programme information.
  • Understands which contracts require programmes as a contract document and ensures their inclusion where necessary.
  • Understands general project management principles, along with the requirement to plan to support the project team.

Health & safety

  • Establish and promotes best practice in health, safety, and environmental matters in conjunction with the SHQE department.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of HSE Policies and Procedures.

Data management

  • Complies with Murphy Document Control processes such as Project Hub and Acconex.
  • Complies with the requirements of GDPR and the Data Protection Act

Client care

  • Encourages good client & stakeholder relationships by ensuring they understand the project brief.
  • Promotes Murphy delivery model and can promote the impacts and benefits to the client.
  • Provide high quality customer service in all communications with internal and external clients.

Communication & negotiation skills

  • Adept at using negotiating, influencing and persuading skills to achieve a beneficial outcome for the business.
  • Proficient at presenting to an audience and can prepare and present complex ideas in an appropriate format.
  • Has a thorough understanding of the different ways we communicate and is able to advise others.

Team working

  • Encourage and develop a culture of commercial awareness within the team.
  • Provide support and guidance to junior staff on commercial issues within the Project(s).
  • Able to effectively delegate tasks to ensure time and quality requirement are achieved.
  • Assist with the recruitment and staffing structure/ utilisation for direct reports.
  • Experienced in identifying diverse user needs and managing a diverse team successfully.

Sustainability & corporate social responsibility

  • Actively involved in Business Improvement Initiatives
  • Support the various Murphy policies relating to Sustainability, Social Responsibility, and the Environment


  • Participate in, and positively promote, the Murphy Never Harm Programme
  • Undertake any reasonable duties expected of you.
  • Carry out all work in accordance with health and safety and any other legal requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with the Company policies, procedures and corporate governance requirements.
  • Manage the performance of all employees assigned to you in accordance with legislation and company procedures.
  • Attend and engage fully in any learning and development activities that are deemed appropriate by your line management.
  • Participate and engage fully in company appraisal/performance review processes and constantly work to improve your individual, your team and the wider group’s performance.

What do we look for?

  • Construction Experience (desirable)
  • Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

Above all, we need people who will adopt our values and strive to live them:

  • One Family, One Team, One Murphy
  • Always Deliver
  • Respect, Integrity & Accountability
  • Never Harm
  • Continually Improve


This position is based in the North of Scotland.

How will I learn?

In short, by grabbing every chance you get. Alongside working on some fascinating, challenging and occasionally jaw-dropping projects, you’ll also be part of our Murphy Learning programme, where everyone has ownership of their own training. You decide what skills you want to gain, with support and guidance from your manager. We call it the 70:20:10 principle, and it goes like this:

  • 70% learning on the job, challenging yourself with new projects and responsibilities
  • 20% learning through others, training and networking with senior managers, colleagues, and industry leaders
  • 10% structured learning, choosing training courses that fit your needs and your team’s aims

Entry requirements

Degree qualified.

Additional requirements

  • Due to the nature of our work, we may require you to have a full clean driving licence
  • Good time management & organisational skills
  • Computer literate with strong skills in Microsoft Office Applications (Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint)
  • Eligible to work in the UK with a valid work permit if applicable. Please note, that we do not provide sponsorship