The Estimator must be proficient in estimating commercial projects, interpreting bid documents, developing scopes of work, sourcing labor and material, soliciting vendor and subcontractor proposals, qualifying sub-contractor proposals, preparing comprehensive budgets, establishing relationships, and working closely with Project Managers and Owners. The Estimator will prepare estimates for ground up new construction, remodels, and retrofits, and tenant improvements of existing facilities. Estimate project size will likely range from small to multi-million-dollar projects. The Estimator is expected to work on multiple estimates simultaneously.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Attend pre-bid meetings and/or job site to learn scope of work, and understand relationships involved.
- Coordinate with Project Manager and architect as needed to determine the project scope.
- Critically analyze the bid documents and site conditions to understand the risk and opportunities and articulates those to management.
- Estimate equipment, manpower, cost of project, and materials required to accomplish each project. Develop project scope take offs and apply pricing for material and labor. Include specification outlines.
- Builds relationships with key sub-contractors to ensure adequate bid coverage
- Provide valued input, feedback and creative solutions during pre-construction efforts to help steer cost certainty during the early stages of project estimating.
- Create accurate, conceptual budgets as well as detailed final construction document in competitive bid deliveries.
- Qualify sub-contractor proposals for completeness and accuracy. Compare and analyze subcontractor and supplier bids and prepare competitive bid packages.
- Understand project logistics and develop initial critical path project schedules.
- Identify long lead time components and track accordingly.
- Read, understand, log and track changes to all project drawings, specifications and documents.
- Present estimate and participate in bid reviews with project and senior management to ensure accuracy and completeness.
- Communicate with owners, subcontractors, and other entities to ensure competitiveness. Participate in means and method discussions to drive creative thinking and innovative ideas that distinguishes a successful estimate.
- Provide and communicate estimate bid information to the project management team prior to pre-construction meetings to ensure understanding of scope of job and critical means and methods of construction.
- Attend post construction meetings to gather, record, and compare actual cost vs. estimated cost, maintaining project cost history.
- Build relationships to understand client, designer, and subcontractor needs and expectations
- Manage, organize, and direct one or multiple estimating department team members
Qualifications, Skills & Experience, to include but not limited to:
- Bachelor's Degree preferred or equivalent construction management experience within the construction industry.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Suite including Excel, Word, and Project. Experience with software for estimating and quantity take offs a plus.
- Excellent communication skills both oral and written. Effective presentation skills. Must have good follow through. Must be able to generate detailed custom estimates and proposals as required to win work. High integrity standards are a must.
- Must be a team player and self-starter. Able to work in a fast-paced environment. Must be willing to accommodate a flexible work schedule based on customer demands.
- Minimum 5 years of experience in commercial construction estimating. Restaurant experience strongly preferred. Experience with conceptual estimating, negotiated cost estimating. and hard bidding. Must be able to work closely with architects, project managers, developers and owners as required.
- Must have knowledge of commercial construction means, methods and materials, including an understanding of building codes, laws and ordinances.
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