Job Description

Estimating Director  (#7991) - ST. Louis, MO
Industry: Construction Management
Industry: General Contractors

The Estimating Director is responsible for management of the estimating process for each market segment or segments as assigned by the Senior Estimating Director, Precon Manager or Market Lead



The Estimating Director is responsible for management of the estimating process for each market segment or segments as assigned by the Senior Estimating Director, Preconstruction Manager or Market Leader with responsibility for the respective Business Unit.  The Estimating Director is accountable for managing the entire estimating process in a fashion consistent with the Company values, policies and procedures.  This person is also responsible for consistently implementing management systems and delivering best practices.  This includes the authority to assume or assign duties and responsibilities explicitly depicted in the descriptions of other the Company position titles (e.g. Senior Estimator and Estimator) required by the existence of certain estimating circumstances (e.g. size and complexity of the project, availability of personnel, etc.).  The Estimating Director is accountable for the satisfaction of clients, quality of estimates, the competitiveness of estimates and both the estimated and actual financial performance of assigned projects.  This includes the responsibility to interperate and incorporate actual performance into historical cost data for future estimates.  This person is also responsible for supporting business development and the ongoing development of the Company’s capability to compete in the marketplace.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following; however, other duties may be assigned.  To perform in this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Acts as a peer to Senior Project Manager(s).
• Performs complex take-offs and pricing.
• Responsible for final pricing.
• Has advanced knowledge of all construction elements.
• Estimates complex projects, routinely functions as Estimating Team Leader.
• Maintains well developed subcontractor/supplier/client/designer relationships.
• Assists in preparation and is actively involved in client presentations, etc. 
• Helps with on-the-job training of estimators assigned to projects with Estimating Director serving as Estimating Team Leader.
• Is highly effective with negotiation, buy-out.
• Participates in Horizon Planning for assigned market(s). 
• Assigns Estimating Team Leader and other resources.
• Responsible for employee and leadership development.
• Accountable for all estimates within the assigned market.
• Involved in all aspects of Business Acquisition as requested.
• Active in outside professional and community organizations.
• Identifies staffing requirements and actively recruits to fill positions. 
• Participates in go/no go decisions.
• Leads the development of “win” strategy.  
• Researches, interperates and projects pricing trends including escalation.

Management Responsibilities

• Manages and directs Senior Estimators, Estimators and others assigned to the Estimating Department.
• Is responsible for the overall direction and management of these employees.
• Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
• Works closely with Senior Estimators to identify and develop management skills.
• Interviews, trains employees; plans, assigns, and directs work; oversees professional development, performance improvement and progressive discipline of employees; addresses complaints and resolves problems.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

• Supports and adheres to the matrix organizational format.
• Models and reinforces safety as a top priority of the organization.  Always wears a hard hat and other appropriate personal protective equipment in the field.
• Practices the QM philosophy of continuous improvement.
• Ensures client satisfaction, both internally and externally, through efficient handling of issues.
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.

Education, Experience, and Skills

Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management or related technical field; or 8 years (including 2 years management) related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and estimating experience. 

Technical and Mental Skills

• Reads, analyzes and interprets common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.
• Responds to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.
• Writes speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
• Effectively presents information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.
• Comprehends and applies principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra and advanced statistical theory.
• Defines problems, collects data, establishes facts and draws valid conclusions.
• Interprets an extensive variety of highly technical instructions in written, mathematical or diagramatic form and deals with several abstract and concrete variables.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations, Memberships

AGC, AIA, AIC, ASPE, BIM, CPC, CPE, DBIA, EIT, LEED, PE or other relevant certifications and/or organizational membershipsare highly encouraged. 

Physical Demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit and stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; hear and speak; and is occasionally required to smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The office provides a safe and healthy work environment, is adequately heated and cooled, is free from exposure and extreme conditions, has appropriate lighting and office furnishings, and is smoke-free and drug-free.
While performing the duties of this position in the fabrication shop, warehouse, maintenance shop or at a project site, the employee could be regularly exposed to any number of the following, including, but not limited to:  moving mechanical parts; moving machinery; high, precarious places (including, but not limited to, being raised several hundred feet in a bucket); close tight quarters; rough and sloped terrain; fumes or airborne particles; drilling and blasting activities; welding activities; toxic or caustic chemicals; the potential of falling rock; and outside weather conditions.  The employee may be occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is generally loud.

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