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Senior Valuer/Cost Engineer (Plant and Equipment)

Status: Full-time

Overall Outcomes of the Position

The role is to assess the current replacement cost or value of plant, equipment, and associated buildings, primarily for insurance purposes. The role may also be involved in decommissioning studies and financial valuation work.

The role covers a wide range of industries (e.g., manufacturing, construction, public utilities, power generation, etc.) and asset types across the world. Significant travel may be required once travel restrictions are removed.

Valuers will utilize their strategic expertise in project costing to budgetary estimate accuracy and/or asset appraisal to carry out valuation assignments and executing client projects independently.

Valuers will also build understanding and rapport with our clients to ensure high quality reports, continuous business and to strengthen John Foord’s reputation as an industry leader.

Key Role Responsibilities

Client Engagement & Management

  • Build and establish relationships with clients to build trust and confidence
  • Attend networking and industry events
  • Keep updated on trends in the insurance, equipment, and construction sectors
  • Respond to client enquiries professionally and promptly


  • Visit sites to survey subject assets and to ensure all necessary details of the assets are considered
  • Undertake research and liaise with the rest of the valuation team to prepare consistent cost assessments
  • Continually assist in the preparation of standard templates to improve overall work quality and efficiency
  • Using templates and prior analysis to prepare detailed calculations and client reports
  • Ensure cost information is logged into the appropriate John Foord databases
  • Communicate and assists with the Operations team on current job status and schedule
  • Prepare high quality valuation reports and appendices to be submitted to the client
  • Action on any further queries or feedback from the client before providing the final valuation report
  • Support the John Foord valuation team when required including but not limited to proofreading reports, providing opinion on survey timings for proposals, etc.


  • Keep updated on valuation and quantity surveying industry standards (e.g., IVSC, RICS Red Book etc)
  • Identify and communicate any risks to quality of reports for clients
  • Follow best practice in compliance with John Foord templates, guidelines, and policies
  • Contribute to the continuous development and quality improvement of John Foord reports, systems, policies, and controls

Selection Criteria – Skills and Knowledge

  • At least 7 years relevant experience in tangible assets valuation or cost engineering role
  • Demonstrate strong project management skills, including scheduling, milestone tracking and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to communicate professionally with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of business
  • Experience using Microsoft Office suite – advanced Excel skills required
  • Openness to new ideas and seeking to learn continually
  • Continuous attention to details

Specific Job Requirements

  • Member of RICS, ASA, API or other affiliated associations preferred
  • Tertiary qualifications in surveying, engineering, or related field
  • Eligible and willing to travel, often at short notice.