Reporting to the General Manager, the Estimator is responsible for all actions required to prepare estimates and tender documents for large commercial, industrial or institutional construction projects. These actions include estimating the cost of labour, material and equipment, as well as the analysis of sub-trade requirements for upcoming projects.
The estimator is responsible for all aspects of construction project estimating such that he/she is able to complete the entire bid from initiation to completion of the tender in a timely manner.
The Estimator works collaboratively with Project Managers, Project Coordinators, Sub-Contractors and Suppliers to meet required deadlines.
Working collaboratively with assigned Project Coordinator, obtain bidding documents, determine the scope of work and define the contractual requirements for the project.
Solicit and coordinate sub-trade tenders and supplier quotations for labour, material and equipment to meet project specifications and budget requirements.
Working collaboratively with the Project Manager, negotiate and award contracts to successful sub-contractors, as required
Quantify all aspects of the tender documents using automated estimating processes, systems and documentation procedures.
Prepare detailed project cost estimates and bids for senior management approval.
Create base-line schedule for approval by senior management (for determining project length and overheads)
Monitor cost and schedule fluctuations, make appropriate revisions to cost estimates.
Apply value engineering techniques to improve productivity and lower costs.
Complete post-bid analysis on successful and unsuccessful bids.
Contribute current cost and productivity information into the company database.
Manage incoming trade and supplier information
Receive and manage subtrade and supplier interests on various bids.
Receive and discuss business opportunities with the GM.
Respect the policies and procedures of the company
Perform other duties as required
Success in this position will include, but not be limited to, the use of construction estimating techniques and business acumen to ensure quality, accurate estimates of projects.
Ten years estimating experience in a construction environment.
Ability to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications
Ability to build trust and work collaboratively within a team environment
Ability to communicate effectively with others both inside and outside the Company
Effective problem-solving and decision- making skills
Ability to handle multiple priorities concurrently
Effective organizational skills
Extensive knowledge of the construction industry and generally accepted estimating practices and principles
AACE or GSC Designation
Commercial estimating diploma
Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) or Construction Estimator (CEC) by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) designation
Certificate of Qualification in a relevant Building Trade
Up to 5 years experience for Junior position. More than 10 years experience for Senior Estimator
Construction site experience is considered an asset