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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Quantity Surveyor x 2 - Rail Engineering

  • Job added:   25 April 2020
  • Location:   Cardiff
  • County:   South Glamorgan
  • Job Type:   Contract
  • Reference:   212002859
  • Company:   CV-Library
Leading project management and cost consultancy seeks to secure the services of two Quantity Surveyors with experience of working in the rail industry on a contract basis. Both roles will be based at either Cardiff or Newport but due to the Covid-19 situation remote working will be available.


Manage cost reporting of all allocated accounts within the company's reporting framework including Cost Forecasting, Anticipated Final Cost, Cost of Work Done, Gross Billing and Current Contract Value.
Monitor, manage and report on all commercial aspects of allocated accounts, flagging issues and proposing mitigation actions at the earliest opportunity to Contracts and Procurement Manager.
Monitor awareness of all site activities on allocated accounts in order to influence decision making from a commercial perspective.  Review contractor delivery; including leading valuation of medium value/medium risk contracts & attending all progress meetings to actively influence contractor’s commercial behaviours, delivery and activity.
Manage assessment and valuation of contractor’s applications and processing of payment certification in accordance with the company's processes, contractual terms and conditions and commensurate with contractual entitlement.  Cost elements should be challenged, audited where appropriate and valuations should be consistent with agreed site progress.
Provide pro-active advice and guidance to the budget holders on all change including proposed scope changes, recommending appropriate action in accordance with the company's change control systems and produce all required documentation for approval in accordance with levels of delegated authority including comparative estimates where required in a timely manner.
Produce of applications for payment/invoices to outside clients in accordance with relevant funding agreements, including supporting documentation as appropriate.
 Identify and advise on all commercial risk/claim events.
Provide of ad-hoc management information and analysis to promote informed decision-making.
 Produce appropriate commercial correspondence and contractual notices for issue in accordance with contractual conditions. Commercial records should be retained and archived properly upon close out.
Undertake final account settlements and internal reconciliation for contract close-out 
Support demonstration of efficiencies and continual improvement of estimating by undertaking cost analysis of completed accounts and feedback as per Cost Allocation Feedback process.
Support with pre and post contract procurement activities as appropriate.
Provide support to estimating resources, offering guidance and advice on account scale/scope as required.
Support the negotiation of all prices under existing contracts/framework agreements (including the negotiation of target costs) and fully participates in the associated quantitative risk assessment and value management workshops, as required.
To be considered for these roles candidate must have experience of working in the rail industry. Ideally you will be degree qualified and also candidates will also have SAP knowledge. 

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