Month: October 2020

QP held the first of a series of webinars: “Leading through challenging times. Lessons learnt from a partial world lockdown and how to implement a Sustainable future.”

The COVID pandemic has served us with a gentle reminder that we are still in time to work towards a sustainable planet. This is not about putting the world on hold but continuing to grow and develop in a sustainable manner. During our recent QP webinar we had the opportunity to discuss with our guest speakers how Government, Economists, and Sustainability experts have been working on models, measures, and incentives that can, have and will be implemented to ensure a sustainable future.

Malta’s Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning – Doctor Aaron Farrugia shared Government’s terms of the European Green Deal, as well as the action plan of Malta to growth strategy that will transform us into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. Among others, the Minister highlighted a ban on the sale and use of single- use plastics. The Single – Use Plastic (SUP) strategy provides actions to tackle all single use plastic products. Those which are not banned will be tackled by actions to promote their waste prevention and effective waste disposal of such items

Moreover, the Minister shared a detailed account of a very important initiative on SUP strategy which is a framework acting as a driver that is also intentioned to bring about a cultural and behavioural shift within society in terms of its attitude toward single-use plastic products. This strategy will help protect our environment and human health from plastic pollution while reducing litter and consumption of single-use plastic products and increasing the quality and quantities of single-use plastic waste collected and recycled.

Talking with Paul Milton, we touched on another equally important aspect of sustainable development of any company, any community, any country and, indeed, our planet as a whole!

As a global society, we are now consuming resources at a rate twice as fast as the planet can sustain. We need to create a future where we can lead high quality lives within the resources we can renewably harvest from our one planet. Paul Milton, as co-founder of OnePlanet, is harnessing the power of digital technology to reinvent our relationship with the natural world and help produce a ‘regenerative economy’ – one that is aligned with the changes we need for the health of the planet. OnePlanet’s platform enables companies, cities and citizens to prioritise and allocate resources to focus on ‘joined-up’ Outcomes, Actions and Indicators which deliver social, environmental and economic benefits. Plans can be linked together so people can collaborate in ecosystems – for their own and the greater good.

Dr Cordina expressed his point of view regarding the current situation in the economy and business environment, where a clear economic strategy is needed more than ever. Where should there be support for business integrity through grants and loans; also ensuring a gradual recovery of internal and external demand for business resumption; an investment that is necessary to ensure economic competitiveness for years to come.

Overall, the goal of maintaining trust and business ethics has so far generally been achieved, with employment and activity levels being maintained to a greater extent than in other countries.

Dr Cordina also noted that economic competitiveness will depend on new approaches. “Going digital, being green and specializing in less vulnerable niches will be the keys to future success,” he clarifies.

COVID, like any other global challenge, is about additional opportunities, a new vision and new realities. And we should truly unite our efforts, generously share working tools and our recipes, not to win the race, but to continue living, working and making our world a better place!

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The team at QP is growing. We are looking for a FRENCH-SPEAKING SENIOR COMMERCIAL MANAGER to join our team in BRUSSELS.

To strengthen QPs expanding operations locally and overseas, we are seeking a proactive FRENCH-SPEAKING SENIOR COMMERCIAL MANAGER to join our team in BRUSSELS.

Duties would include:

Working on a full-time basis within the project management team, the chosen candidate will offer commercial management and quantity surveying services ensuring that the project is completed to pre-agreed budgets, time-frames and contractual agreements. Duties will include: advising the Company on the project cost, commercial and contracts information from concept right up to certification and completion of the project/s; to establish and follow-up the procedures for communication and co-ordination between the members of the project team, as well as monitor the distribution of information and documentation in relation to cost, commercial and contractual matters; to develop high-level cost plans, project budgets, bills of quantities, project estimates, tender evaluations, assessments of variations and close outs of project finances, while also assisting in the drafting of contracts (done by others), and such other responsibilities attached to a role of this kind; to work closely with the Project Management Department of the Project and contribute to the drafting of reports and other relevant project documents as well as contract administration; to meet deadlines and work to resource budgeting, demonstrating initiative & drive for this purpose to ensure that the company meets its commitments with clients; to engage in cost plan management, including assessment of progress and measurement of works and to follow direction from the Project Director, preparing payment certification for both hard and soft costs as required and necessitated by the Project; to record and present anticipated capital outlay in the form of a cost-plan projections, regularly price anticipated additional work and/or variations / claims for additional costs, provide an anticipated cash-flow forecast and maintain good records in a project specific document control system; to visit the project site at various stages of the project, reporting and taking all necessary actions and coordinating with other project team members as well as contractors through the complete project lifecycle.

Requirements:

  • A recognized professional qualification in this field with a proven track record of ten years or more solid cost management experience, this including site experience, estimating processes, measurement of quantities, valuations and final accounts.
  • Experience performing commercial management and quantity surveying services in projects of high complexity and scale (renovation, luxury finishes, international team, €50m+ budget, main contractor, etc.) specifically in Belgium thereby being fully cognizant and abreast with all applicable standards, legislation, practices and methods of measurements applicable in Belgium, particularly in Brussels.
  • Experience in delivering luxury hotels from concept to completion.
  • Preferably a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) or have other satisfactory/equivalent membership.  In the absence of such professional qualification and/or membership, the Client shall consider candidates of suitable experience and other locally recognised commercial management qualification.
  • Good understanding and capability to record and present anticipated capital outlay in the form of a cost-plan projection.
  • Significant and proven design work experience preferably in the design of hospitality, residential and/or commercial projects.
  • Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and/or related programs and document control systems;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in French and English;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to work closely with others in a multidisciplinary environment;
  • Attention to detail, leadership and negotiation skills, influencing skills, and the ability to understand and express technical concepts accurately with confidence and clarity;
  • A collaborative approach with the ability to maximize short-term requirements and output whilst building long-term productive relationships;
  • Proficient analytical skills and a measured approach to decision-making, being able to take decisions as and when needed in the interest of efficiency;
  • Experienced and comfortable with the operation of industry standard forms of contract;

Candidates are invited to send in their detailed CV to info@qpml.com.     

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.