Author: Ekaterina Bolotina

To strengthen QPs expanding operations locally and overseas, we are seeking to recruit a proactive INTEGRATED BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEER to join our team in MALTA.

Working at QP

When joining QP, you get the opportunity to work in a fast-moving, dynamic and challenging environment, being exposed to numerous projects, clientele, disciplines and developmental experiences. You also become part of a dynamic and diverse team that is truly pioneering construction design and engineering. With 17 different nationalities comprising our various teams, QP brings talent and opportunities together to create iconic and transformational projects in various countries such as Malta, Kiev, Brussels, Prague, Africa and more.

Inspired by creativity and driven by passion, we strive to exceed our own and clients’ expectations with excellence, innovation, integration of clients’ objectives, seamless design, engineering and management and continuous collaboration within our teams. Recruiting the best talent, we team up through our combined professional experiences to develop our teams as we continue to create some of the most unconventional spatial and design concepts, across the various cities we work in. Together, our expert and highly talented staff are involved in some of the most cutting-edge projects. We emphasise sustainability to change the built environment for future generations, combining aesthetics with practicality and well-being, while simultaneously overcoming the ever demanding challenges related to the industry in an environmentally conscious climate.

Responsibilities:

  • Designing and supervising the installations of main services in new or existing buildings, including all equipment and materials involved with heating, lighting, ventilation, air-conditioning, electrical distribution, ELV, water supply, sanitation, public health, fire protection, safety systems, lifts, escalators, facade engneering and acoustings;
  • Managing new technologies that integrate into existing systems and services;
  • Leading specific M&E project assignments and tasks related to the full implementation of building services;
  • Auditing the Contractor’s design to ascertain of the suitability of the proposed design and coherency with the current requirements of the Employer;
  • Assisting the project, design and engineering teams with reviews and assessments for the consistency and coherency of the design between the various disciplines;
  • Evaluating and making recommendations to the Employer on the design, the design process and procurement strategies, as may be required;
  • Participating in technical and/ or project meetings and/ or workshops with the wider project team;
  • Approving materials, plants and workshop designs in line with contract documentation;
  • Assisting in the management and forecasting of costs, using whole life cycle costing techniques, ensuring that work is done within budget;
  • Assisting in payment applications, variations and claims;
  • Monitoring and maintaining building systems and processes, specifying maintenance and operating procedures, while managing expired systems and equipment and the appropriate location of new equipment;
  • Performing testing and commissioning of systems;
  • Ensuring that proper ’As Built’ documentation is provided by contractors and other stakeholders;
  • Ensuring project Quality Assurance throughout the lifecycle of projects, while rectifying issues as they arise;
  • Inspecting and delivering supervision services on project sites to ensure compliance with the contract documents, legislations, company and professional standards, health and safety protocols and codes of practice.
  • Ensuring that all Building Services aspects of the project are properly managed and controlled.

Requirements:

  • A recognised professional building services engineering degree or a related qualification in this field. A master’s degree in a relevant subject would be considered an asset.
  • A proven track record with experience performing building services engineering duties including concept, scheme and detail design across a range of sectors and in projects of high complexity and scale;
  • Experienced site person, with sound technical understanding and knowledgeable in the wider scope of building services related systems.
  • Preferably a chartered / warranted engineer;
  • Ability to manage projects and design commissions relating to building services including project finances;
  • A solid understanding of quality assurance, safety and environmental sustainability;
  • Proficiency in the use of AutoCad and Microsoft Office. BIM and/or other related design and engineering systems as Revit, Hevacomp and IES would be considered an asset.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to work closely with others in a multidisciplinary environment;
  • Attention to detail, influencing skills, assertiveness and the ability to understand and express technical concepts accurately with confidence and clarity;
  • 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;

Candidates are invited to send in their detailed CV together with their accompanying portfolio on hr@qpml.com

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.  

The team at QP is growing. We are looking for a proactive ARCHAEOLOGISTS to join our team in MALTA.

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QP is a leading company specialising in the design, engineering and management of the built environment, infrastructure, archaeological and geomatics services.

To strengthen QPs expanding operations locally and overseas, we are seeking proactive ARCHAEOLOGISTS to join our team in MALTA.

Duties would include:

  • Pre-development heritage consultation and compilation of assessments
  • Compilation of Surveillance Data Sheet documents
  • Monitoring and on-site coordination of projects
  • Archaeological investigations and on-site technical documentation, including surveying techniques
  • Post-excavations including the examining, cleaning, preservation and/or conservation, treatment and documentation of artefacts
  • The creation of an investigation archive of catalogued records
  • Illustrations and photography of archaeological artefacts/remains and other related works
  • Site coordination as and when necessary to organize investigative works, liaising with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and being responsible for the completion of the site archive
  • Non-intrusive field walking studies as authorised by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage
  • Adhering to high standards of ethical and responsible behaviour in the conduct of archaeological services as directed by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.

Requirements:

  • A minimum degree in archaeology obtained from a recognised University
  • Knowledge about Maltese archaeology
  • Experience in development-led projects would be considered an asset
  • Able to collaborate effectively in a team
  • Flexibility would be considered an asset
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

The successful will be offered training and work alongside experienced archaeologists until the required licence is obtained from the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, where applicable.

You are invited to send in your detailed CV together to info@qpml.com          

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.

The team at QP is growing. We are looking for a proactive SUSTAINABILITY ENGINEER to join our team in MALTA.

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To strengthen QPs expanding operations locally and overseas, we are seeking to recruit a proactive SUSTAINABILITY ENGINEER to join our team in MALTA.

Responsibilities:

The chosen candidate will primarily be responsible for sustainability management however, s/he will also be expected to assist the mechanical and engineering team as needed. Duties shall include:

  • Developing the Sustainability Management Business Plan and identifying sustainability-related business opportunities within the market.
  • Promoting, performing and concluding Energy Audits;
  • Advising the project team on energy use and conservation of energy in projects aiming to minimise the environmental impact and reduce the carbon footprint;
  • Providing strategic low-energy design concepts and development of such concepts;
  • Identifying sustainability risks and appropriate mitigation measures and highlighting any opportunities to increase the organisation’s sustainability credentials;
  • Conducting LEED/BREEAM pre-assessments and providing the necessary design advice accordingly, in line with LEED / BREEAM accreditation;
  • Undertaking gap analysis reports should the desired ratings not be achieved/achievable;
  • Preparing low and zero-carbon technology feasibility studies and energy statements for local authority approval as part of planning applications;
  • Coordinating and promoting sustainability requirements designs with that of other design competences deployed on projects including but not limited to architects, engineers, health and safety, interior designers, project managers, cost managers and all project sub-consultants;
  • Developing and updating Sustainability engineering concepts and project briefs combining aesthetics with practical considerations.
  • Supporting the team, while maintaining the integrity of designs through robust change control and project processing techniques from conception to completion, ensuring a seamless document flow in the process;
  • With an emphasis on sustainability, designing, developing and managing new technologies that integrate into existing systems and services, while also recommending improved design management systems to the team and the Company
  • Designing and supervising the installation of building services in new or existing buildings, including all equipment and materials involved with heating, lighting, ventilation, air-conditioning, electrical distribution, water supply, sanitation, public health, fire protection, safety systems, lifts, escalators, facade engineering and acoustics.
  • Schematic design, concept design, developed design, detailed design, supervision, testing and commissioning of integrated building services systems;
  • Approving materials, plants and workshop designs in line with contract documentation;
  • Planning and scheduling work according to master schedules;
  • Managing and forecasting costs, using whole life cycle costing techniques, ensuring that work is done within budget;
  • Assisting in payment applications, variations and claims;
  • Assisting in designing site-specific equipment as required;
  • Monitoring and maintaining building systems and processes, specifying maintenance and operating procedures, while managing expired systems and equipment and the appropriate location of new equipment;

Requirements:

  • A recognized professional qualification in this field preferably in sustainability and/or environmental engineering or a related field. A master’s degree in a relevant subject would be considered an asset.
  • Preferably possessing LEED/BREEAM accreditation or similar;
  • A proven track record with experience performing sustainability management and engineering duties in projects of high complexity and scale;
  • Proficiency in the use of AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and/or related programs, BIM and/or other related design, engineering and sustainability systems;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to work closely with others in a multidisciplinary environment;
  • Attention to detail, 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;
  • Strong technical understanding of low-carbon building solutions

You are invited to send in your detailed CV to info@qpml.com.

All applications will be treated in strictest confidence.

QP Breaking news! Probably dating to the Punic-Roman period, a shaft and chamber tomb has been discovered in the south of Malta

Recently, a shaft and chamber tomb, probably dating to the Punic-Roman period has been uncovered in the south of Malta with its stone sealing slab still in place during monitoring by our archaeologists from the Heritage and Geomatics team under the supervision of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. The tomb is now being investigated by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage in collaboration with the archaeologists from our Heritage and Geomatics team.

At QP, we strive to enhance the rich Maltese historic environment through our dedicated team of archaeologists who are relentless in their work to discover and preserve our island’s heritage.  Each member of our team is qualified and competent to this work.   We couple our team’s knowledge and expertise to provide desk-based assessment and archival research, monitoring and on-site guidance, surveying, investigations and excavation, post-excavation and reporting. And we do not stop there. We can also provide archaeological advice to planners and developers on strategic planning policies and individual planning applications.

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.