Senior Estimator

  (#7989) - ST. Louis, MO
Industry: Construction Management
Industry: General Contractors

The Senior Estimator is responsible for managing the estimating process for assigned projects or for portions of a project requiring special expertise.



Job Title:                     Senior Estimator           


The Senior Estimator is responsible for managing the estimating process for assigned projects or for portions of a project requiring special expertise.  The Senior Estimator is accountable for the quality of the work prepared under their direction.  The Senior Estimator must make every effort to satisfy the needs of the Client with respect to each estimate/bid.  They must develop and maintain strong relationships with Suppliers and Subcontractors in order to ensure we receive competitive pricing.  The Senior Estimator may assign duties and responsibilities to estimators working on specific projects.  The Senior Estimator is accountable for the estimators and the procedures used in preparing an estimate/bid.   The Senior Estimator is also responsible for assistance in the development of estimators and procedures used in the estimating process.

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.

Is the peer of Project Manager (Operations).
Performs complex take-off.
Responsible for final pricing.
Possesses basic knowledge of all construction elements.
Responsible for complex projects, routinely functions as Estimating Team Leader.
Highly proficient in estimating tools/processes.
Maintains a well developed subcontractor/supplier relationships.
Is actively involved in client presentations, etc.
Responsible for on-the-job training of estimators assigned to projects with Senior Estimator serving as Estimating Team Leader.
Responsible for buy-out, is highly effective with negotiations.
Participates in “go/no go” decisions.
Assists in the development of “win” strategy.  

Management Responsibilities

Estimating Team Leader – supervises estimators as assigned.
Works with the Estimating Director to ensure the estimate team has sufficient resources to complete the project.
Monitors the progress of estimators during the bid process to ensure all tasks are completed in a timely fashion.
Assists the Estimating Director with management and development of estimators; shares knowledge and expertise wherever necessary to aid in the success of the Estimating Team.
Leads Estimating Department training sessions when applicable.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Supports and adheres to the matrix organization 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 AQM philosophy of continuous improvement.
Meets schedules and deadlines, adheres to policies and procedures and maintains a good attendance/tardiness record.
Ensures client satisfaction, both internally and externally, through positive, pleasant, professional and efficient handling of issues.
Exercises good interpersonal skills by gladly assisting others to accomplish work of the organization, even if it is outside the scope of regular duties.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.

Education, Experience and Skills

Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management or related technical field; or 5+ years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and estimating experience.  Field exposure of 1 year required.   

Technical and Mental Skills

Reads, analyzes and interprets the most complex documents.
Responds effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
Makes effective and persuasive speeches and presentations to clients.
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 technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deals with several abstract and concrete variables.
Applies principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual or practical problems.

Certificates, licenses, registrations

AIA, AIC, ASPE, CPC, EIT or other relevant certifications are highly encouraged.  Ten (10) CEU’s required annually.

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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