Job Description

Senior Estimator  (#8406) - Ontario (Canada)
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

Description:

Summary

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 his/her direction, and is required to work closely with the owner, design consultant and project manager to prepare cost plans, undertake value engineering, complete cost saving exercises and develop the project budget.  The Senior Estimator will be familiar with and follow company estimating and quality procedures, and will adhere to the company Subcontractor Fairness Policy as well as ensuring the needs of the client are met.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following, however, other duties may be assigned.  Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Develops and maintains a positive working relationship with the owner and the owner’s agents, in conjunction with Business Acquisition, by recognizing the owner’s unique proposal and project requirements

Develops and maintains relationships with suppliers/subcontractors to ensure company receives competitive pricing for estimates

Manages the estimating process, including site conditions, safety requirements, solicit suppliers and subcontractors, interprets project drawings and specifications, prepares quantity surveys, pricing of estimates, and prepares pricing of General & Special Conditions cost estimate

Works with the owner and owner’s consultants to resolve any questions or ambiguities with the tender documents prior to submitting a tender

Provides assistance to management for risk analysis

Directs and monitors progress of estimators during bid process

Works closely with the assigned Operations Director in the development of the project execution plan.

Prepare preliminary construction schedule, and/or assist Scheduling department with schedule development

Attends meetings, including pre-tender, bid strategy, PRC, pricing review and subcontractor scope review meetings as needed, to meet the requirements of the estimating process

Researchs the labour requirements for the project

Obtains correct labour rates and appropriate “add-ons” (e.g. labour burdens, small tools, insurances, bonding) in pricing of the estimate

Coordinates efforts in contacting labour unions to secure labour rate relief to enhance competitiveness of estimates in non-union environments

Incorporates addendums to plans and specifications into ongoing estimates

Prepares for Bid Day by:

Ensuring that company self-perform estimate is completed and checked prior to Bid Day
Ensuring all requirements of the tender form are clearly understood and responded to
Prepare tender clarification letter, if necessary
Prepare the Bid Day spreadsheet and subcontractor analysis sheets
Arrange for preparation of tender form for delivery
Assists Chief Estimator with assigned tasks on Bid Day, such as running the bid spreadsheet when assigned, performing subcontractor/supplier bid analysis, assignment of Bid Day tasks to Estimators, ensuring delivery of bid before specified closing time
Maintains confidentiality of subcontractor/supplier bid pricing
Participates in turnover meetings to operations and buy-out process on successful bids
Monitors and provides job cost evaluations to management on active projects
Negotiates and awards sub-trade contracts. Ensures sub-contracts and PO’s agree with prices and conditions.
Reviews job cost reports to determine where estimating can be improved
Costs out potential scope of work changes and additional cost claims
Maintains tender file system on active and inactive projects

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

Recognizes safety as a top priority of the organization
Wears personal protective equipment on the project site
Adheres to company Quality Management System
Adheres to policies and procedures
Delivers professional customer service
Adopts a teamwork approach and willingly supports coworkers

Management Responsibilities

Act as Estimating Team Leader when assigned
Supervises Estimating team as requested
Trains and mentors Estimators

Education, Experience and Skills

Post-secondary degree/diploma in Engineering, Architecture, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Construction Management or related field plus 5 to 10 years experience working in a managerial level estimating position.

Technical and Mental Skills

Practices good communication skills
Reads, analyzes and interprets documents such as operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
Writes routine reports and correspondence
Interprets a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
Applies concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations
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
Organizes and manages time, duties and activities efficiently
Effectively presents information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

C.E.T, Gold Seal Certification in Estimating and/or Project Management is preferred

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.

Regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  Frequently required to stand and sit.  Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The office work environment provides a safe and healthy 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.  When completing project site visits, employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and outside weather conditions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is normally exposed to a standard office environment.  When completing project site visits, employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the office work environment is quiet and moderate to very loud at project site.

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