Senior Design and Estimator – Australia

This person is responsible for preparing preliminary budgets, milestone cost estimates, and final bid scope/pricing proposals for various types of commercial construction jobs, including General Contracting, Construction Management, Design Build, Civil, and Building Maintenance Services. The Senior Estimator builds effective relationships with team members, internal and external customers, suppliers, and subcontractors. The Senior Estimator reports to the Chief Estimator and oversees job-specific project teams. He/She also participates in business development and client engagement. This person consistently supports and upholds their Culture, Processes, and Values at all times.

Day-to-day responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Prepare estimates with the necessary level of detail for all design stages: o Program/Conceptual, Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documents.
  • Prepare quantity take-offs and estimated costs of materials, labor, and use of equipment required to fulfill all provisions of the contract from simple to complex. Prepare quantity take-offs and estimates in detail for self-performed work (Selective demolition, Concrete, steel erection, carpentry, etc.)
  • Evaluate labor pricing/production for specific projects and/or locations; demonstrate proficiency in material, labor, sub and equipment pricing for all trade disciplines.
  • Assemble general conditions estimates for review by Operations Manager and/or Senior Project Manager
  • Assist with maintaining the estimating cost database to ensure costs are up to date.
  • Manage job-specific estimating teams in the assembly and submission of bids.
  • Prepare Estimate Action List; establish responsibilities and make assignments to estimating team members; coordinate and supervise work; establish the schedule for completion of tasks to meet project requirements; keep Chief Estimator advised in regard to schedule.
  • Review estimate assignments to ensure accuracy and completeness prior to formal submission.
  • Consult with clients, architects, subcontractors, and material suppliers to discuss and formulate estimates, effect cost reductions, and resolve issues.
  • Study specifications to assist the operations team in planning procedures for construction.
  • Research construction documents and analyze specifications to determine estimated costs.
  • Work with the operations team throughout the preconstruction process in reviewing plans and specifications for constructability issues and determining general requirements on the project.
  • Understand how to create proper bid packages and bid alternate strategies.
  • Ensure that all work items from scope review are included in the estimate and that cost trail from bids to Bid Package Scope Analysis Worksheets to estimate is clear and correct.
  • Prepare clear, properly formatted, Bid Package Scope Analysis Worksheets; review Bid Analysis Worksheets prepared by others for coordination.
  • Present and explain project budgets to clients, designers, and operations teams. Lead estimate presentations; “sell” estimates to Client and design team.
  • Perform comprehensive bid day analysis and scoping of specifically assigned trades.
  • Understand how to scale subs to the size/scope of the project.
  • Communicate with subcontractors on key issues, such as project schedules, addenda, the scope of work, and other bid information.
  • Ensure that there is proper trade package coverage of subcontractors on bid day.
  • Ensure that all quantity surveys and pricing are accurate and complete.
  • Seek and qualify new subcontractors.
  • Uphold the organization’s Way Processes and Culture.

Skills and Abilities

  • Forward thinking, progressive, dynamic leader who has excellent interpersonal and management skills.
  • Thorough understanding of project logistics and project schedules.
  • Ability to read and understand construction specifications and drawings.
  • Strong knowledge of standard estimating practices.
  • Excellent oral and written business communication skills.
  • Comfortable and convincing in public presentations and project interviews.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and handle pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain flexibility and a positive attitude at all times.
  • Ability to get along with different personalities and be a fully contributing team player.
  • Familiarity / Proficiency with the following software or internet-based programs:
    • MS Excel
    • MS Word
    • PowerPoint
    • Outlook


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Construction Management preferred.
  • Experience in DESIGN ENGINEERING (Ground Engineering), CLIENT INTERFACE
  • Minimum 6 years of construction experience.
  • Significant knowledge and experience on Design-Build projects, and complex competitive bid projects.
  • Proven track record of success working internally with an operations team and externally with Owners, Architects/Engineers, and subcontractors.
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