Utility Surveyor

Ref: REC210 Based in Harpenden Permanent Role


As one of the largest measurement survey companies in the UK, Plowman Craven provides a range of services to the property, rail and infrastructure markets.

Our innovation, dynamic approach and 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 businesses of varying sizes and regardless of the size of project or how challenging, our clients trust us to provide a service that goes beyond their expectations!

We are looking for experienced Utility Surveyors to join our Utilities team. Working nationwide utilising the latest technological advancements, our Utilities team is involved in a variety of survey solutions, from pinpointing the exact location of underground services to undertaking line and level surveys in sewers, river culverts, cable tunnels and on rail infrastructure.

By joining Plowman Craven you’ll be part of a growing organisation that is 100% owned internally by our employees and directors. Our independence means we can adapt quickly and remain agile in order to safeguard our future growth as we continue to deliver market leading measurement survey and consultancy services on an unrivalled scale.

Primary Purpose

We are looking for an experienced Utilities Surveyor to join our team. The right candidate will need to have 3-4 years + experience as a Utilities Surveyor and have experience in delivery to PAS128 Standard.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work will include but not be limited to utilities and topographical surveying with key tasks being:
    • Manhole lifting and assisting with the observation of measurements
    • Total station and GPS/GNSS observations
    • Locating utilities via electromagnetic locators and ground penetrating radar
    • Post processing of EML data in AutoCAD (2D/3D)
    • Post Processing of GPR Data in GREDHD
  • 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 Plowman Craven
  • To lead the data collection and data processing elements of all projects in the Utility teams’ portfolio and to meet the required Company standards including health and safety
  • 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 Plowman Craven. In doing so, assist in building a client proposal with the project manager at the planning stage to maximise Plowman Craven's 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 Senior 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 Plowman Craven's 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 Plowman Craven surveyor team to make sure that surveyor development programs are in place and that skills gaps are identified, and action is taken to remediate

Person Specification


  • Approximately 3-4 years’ general Surveying experience
  • Use of GPR and Electromagnetic Locating techniques
  • Qualification relevant to Surveying and/or Civil Engineering
  • QCF Level 3 Minimum
  • CSCS Certified
  • Understanding of PAS128 Standards
  • Pro-active and effective communicator
  • Excellent organisational 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


  • Confined Space City & Guilds (High Risk)
  • AutoCAD & GREDHD knowledge
  • NRSWA Certified

If you have any questions about this role please email recruitment@plowmancraven.co.uk

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
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Contribution Scheme
  • Health Care benefits
  • Life Assurance
  • Social activities organised throughout the year
  • Wellbeing Group
  • Flexible/Remote working (role dependent)
  • Harpenden & London based offices
  • An employee owned company held in a Trust for the benefits of the employees

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