Senior Rail Surveyor

Ref: REC146 Based in Harpenden Permanent Role

Primary Purpose

Plowman Craven is one of the largest measurement survey companies in the UK with a solid reputation within both the public and private sectors. Our innovation and dynamic approach sets us aside from our competitors and our commitment to deliver a flawless service is achieved by investing and empowering our employees to push boundaries and reach new heights. We specialise in providing laser scanning and measuring data services to business of varying sizes and regardless of the size of project or the challenge it presents, our clients can trust us to provide a service that will go beyond their expectations!

We are looking for experienced Surveyors to join our infrastructure team in Harpenden supporting nationwide projects working with the latest technological advancements.

A focus and experience of working on Network rail and London underground Infrastructure is a must as we are looking to expand and grow our specialist Railways Survey team. Knowledge of the specialist equipment used and the specific deliverables and standards this work entails is considered desirable

In addition to the technical and commercial aspects of the role, we expect individuals to demonstrate our key characters; Innovation, Creative, Passionate, Bold, Ambitious, Relentless, and Trusted.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working in conjunction with the Project Manager, propose the most appropriate technology and the most efficient method to deliver projects to drive a predictable and agreed commercial outcome for PCL.
  • Working with the Managing surveyor when appropriate, build a realistic approach to each new client opportunity to build program timings and resources required to successfully deliver each client program at a price and margin acceptable to PCL. In doing so, assist in building a client proposal with the project manager at the planning stage to maximise PCL opportunity to win the work.
  • Conduct all surveying and technical aspects of a project once client instruction has been received meeting all required Company standards, such as quality and health and safety.
  • Ensure as part of a project survey team which is resourced in a way that prioritises consistency throughout the lifecycle of the project. Wherever possible the same surveyors should work on a project throughout its lifecycle.
  • Ensure that projects are delivered to the appropriate level of quality. Internal and external surveyor work should be delivered to the QA team in a ‘client ready’ format.
  • To take responsibility for managing project data, from its collection to final delivery using the most appropriate technology and methodology to meet the project specification.
  • In conjunction with the Partner Manager and Lead Project Surveyors, manage subcontractors and their work on a specific project, ensuring adherence to the technical specification, required Company standards and the agreed timescales of a project in order to ultimately meet PCL commercial expectations.
  • In conjunction with the Project Manager to pro-actively report on project progress, and ensure that projects meet the required deadlines and project costs remain within budget.
  • To liaise with Clients as required on site concerning project specifications and deliverables.
  • To coach and instruct internal staff and subcontractors on all aspects of data collection and data processing, encouraging all aspects of “best practice”.
  • Act as mentor to the dedicated survey team by helping more junior surveyors gain the necessary experience and technical knowledge to further develop skills over time. Work with the senior PCL surveyor team to make sure that surveyor development programs are in place and that skills gaps are identified and action is taken to remediate.
  • Management, appraisal, and training of junior staff
  • Onsite leadership and supervision of 4-8 surveyors whilst liaising with safety and access staff.
  • To undertake all other reasonable tasks as requested.

Person Specification

  • Approximately years’ general Surveying experience
  • Laser Scanning experience
  • Topographical surveying experience
  • Qualification in Surveying
  • Experience in the production of measured building surveys
  • Personal Track Safety (PTS) Card for work on Network Rail infrastructure
  • Experience of using AmbergGRP5000 kinematic scanning system
  • Experience of Bance Gauge and Cant stick
  • Experience of post processing data in Amberg software
  • Experience of CAD & QA including delivery to Network Rail standards
  • Knowledge of MicroStation
  • Experience of using AmbergGRP1000 track trolley system
  • Pro-active and effective communicator
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Be self-motivated and pro-active
  • Have the ability to solve problems effectively and in a timely manner out on site
  • Have a strong understanding of IT applications
  • Willing to be flexible on work location and working hours
  • Willingness to work a large number of weekend shifts and or night shifts at short notice
  • Ability to work in all parts of the country for up to 2 weeks at a time on a regular basis

If you have any questions about this role please email

Benefits of working at Plowman Craven

Plowman Craven is a great place to work and offers a range of competitive family friendly benefits including:

  • 25 Days Annual Leave - increasing to 30 days plus bank holidays
  • Performance related bonus
  • Professional Membership and Development
  • Enhanced Family Friendly benefits
  • Enhanced Pensions Contributions
  • Health Care benefits
  • Life Assurance
  • Social activities organised throughout the year
  • Wellbeing Group
  • Flexible working hours (role dependent)

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