Estimator

The Estimator is responsible for attempting to figure out how much a project will cost. He/She identifies every single cost that goes into a project. He/She also helps the sales team create a proposal, tracking the costs of a project, understanding customer specifications, and proposing a final budget for a project.

Key Responsibilities

  • Analyzes plans, bills of quantities and other project documentation in order to estimate costs
  • Researches, sources, negotiates and obtains the best prices and quotes from suppliers and subcontractors
  • Analyzes data that can affect costs (such as currency exchange rates and the company’s productivity rates)
  • Assesses the financial, technical and operational risks of the project
  • Visits project sites to gather information
  • Stays aware of the latest construction technologies
  • Keeps up to date with the latest regulatory and legislative requirements
  • Inputs into decisions over whether to bid for the project
  • Works closely with key members of the project team and liaising with clients and suppliers
  • Keeps detailed records and writes reports

Job Requirements/Qualifications

  • BA in engineering, construction science or similar relevant field
  • Familiarity with computer programs such as Timberline or HCSS HeavyBid
  • Good understanding of data analysis methods
  • Hands-on experience with complex data research activities
  • In-depth knowledge of project management
  • Outstanding mathematics and IT abilities

Skills needed for this role

The Estimator must have good interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal. He/She must have critical thinking, analytical, organizational, and time management skills. Being proficient in relevant software including MS Office Suite is also essential for this role.

Career Level

Skilled Worker

Job Specializations

Construction