Estimator

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Overview

Looking for an Estimator to join our expanding General Construction team.

The Estimator excels in bidding and securing highly profitable and feasibly constructible projects, employing pricing strategies geared towards maximizing profits, ensuring optimal cash flow, and preventing losses during construction. Key responsibilities include coordinating bid documents, labor productions, subcontractor and vendor pricing, buyouts, project start-up meetings, owner estimates, as well as managing subcontractor and vendor requisitions and cost-to-completes.

Responsibilities

  • Prepares accurate pricing of estimates with the proper level of detail, including labor, material, and subcontract items.
  • Must have the ability to create estimates as self-perform to compare with subcontractor pricing.
  • Must have required managerial skills in order to develop and lead the team.
  • Must have required communications skills and strong network of subcontractors.
  • Research and reviews construction and design document and analyzes specifications to determine estimated costs.
  • Critically analyzes bid documents and understands risk and opportunities and articulates those to management.
  • Prepares quantity take-offs and estimates costs of materials, labor, and use of equipment required to fulfill all provisions of the contract.
  • Solicits sub-contractor’s bids and material supplier quotations and determines acceptable bids by comparing to self-perform estimates.
  • Collects historical cost data to estimate costs.
  • Assesses cost effectiveness of products, projects or services, tracking actual costs relative to bids as the project develops maintaining the project cost history.
  • Collaborates with contractors, engineers, and architects during estimate creation in order to ensure overall accuracy and conformity to fulfill all provisions of contract requirements.
  • Manages and tracks multiple preconstruction projects at once.
  • Develops cost estimates for change orders.
  • Prepares and presents estimates to management.
  • Recommends and incorporates cost-reduction options for more competitive bids.
  • Attends project site pre-bid meetings, site tours, and post-bid interviews as required.
  • Prepares and maintains a directory of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors.
  • Keeps current on market conditions and construction industry trends.
  • Manages, supports, and assists with the training of the estimating staff.
  • Assigns responsibilities for the estimating team on each project.
  • Reviews project plans and specifications and coordinates with the team to confirm complete scope.
  • Identifies and evaluates all the technical issues that are related to projects.
  • Oversees the soliciting of vital information for cost estimates to efficiently deliver optimized services.
  • Ensures the flow of project information is maintained and documented.
  • Ensures that a quality submission is included along with an estimated price when bidding for new work.
  • Assessing material, labor, and equipment that are required, and also analyzing various quotes from different subcontractors and suppliers at negotiated rates to win competitive contracts while keeping a close eye on profit margins.
  • Actively participates in industry, client, and community relations to enhance company image and to develop and maintain effective relationships.
  • Critically analyzes bid documents and understands opportunities and risk and their order of magnitude and articulates those to management.
  • Oversees the project cost history and historical data utilized to estimate costs.
  • Oversees the directory of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors.
  • Keeps current on market conditions and construction industry trends and disseminates information to team.

Physical Requirements:

  • Continually required to stand, walk, and sit.
  • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity.
  • Continually required to talk or hear.
  • Continually utilize visual acuity to operate office and field equipment.
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • Occasionally required to bend, stoop, and kneel.
  • Occasionally required to lift and carry items less than 40 pounds.

Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of estimator/industry experience in industrial and/or commercial and/or heavy civil construction projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, Civil Engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite with advanced knowledge of Excel.
  • Experience with software such as Bluebeam, P6 and MS Projects.
  • Ability to read, understand and organize construction plans and specifications.
  • Capable of taking a project from receipt of documents to rough estimate ready for review (project size $100k to $30 million).
  • Capability to complete complex competitive bid projects.
  • Ability to breakdown construction operations into a logical sequence of activities.
  • Ability to buyout after winning bid with understanding of scopes of work, cost comparison and procurement means/methods.
  • Experience with mechanical and electrical systems and the costs of these systems.
  • Has a solid time management system and demonstrates excellent organizational skills.
  • Detail oriented, collaborative, sense of urgency, open minded and ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Critical thinking, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and means of transportation.
  • Will require travel to jobsites.

Preferences

  • Advanced project estimator skills that include performing engineering calculations.
  • Experience with site work, concrete, paving, steel preferred and building construction.