The Estimator is responsible to prepare time, cost, and labor estimates for assigned projects, applying knowledge of specialized methodologies, techniques, principles, and/or processes. The Estimator is also expected to follow-up with clients, in an effort to overcome obstacles that could stand in the way of being awarded the contract. For awarded contracts, the Estimator provides on-going cost estimate support to operations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Completes Quantity Survey/Take-Off: Identifies and quantifies construction elements. Enters quantities into appropriate software program for pricing. Provides initial data for entry into Commence software. Provides Contracts Department with applicable specifications documents to identify insurance requirements. Sends new contracts for "Corporate" review.
Contracts Vendors and Sub-Contractors: Identifies, contacts, and creates relationships with vendors/suppliers in order to assess vendor/supplier capabilities for specific project. Analyzes and scopes vendors/suppliers to determine best value and project continuity. Based on analysis, proactively works to persuade vendors and/or suppliers to commit to best pricing.
Prepares Pricing, Bids and Proposals: Completes estimate. Assembles quantities in pricing format to reflect bid form requirements. Creates baseline job duration. Determines what special equipment might be job specific. Applies best value vendors/subs to estimate. Identifies to whom we are bidding and prepares bid form, bid proposal letter and/or qualifications. Researches construction history for techniques related to job elements and productivity, value enhancing, value engineering, and alternative constructability. Ensures "Standard Conditions" are included in every proposal. Includes proposal language that allows for reductions of 50% when job is 50% complete; also attempts to get language that allows for final retentions when 60 days of completion of Baker work. Packages and sends proposal on time; reviews with Operations for productivity/manpower, etc.
Completes Post Bid Activities: Follows up with client personally to ensure bid receipt and to identify potential obstacles in closing the deal. Develops client relationship for current and future jobs. Collects data on lost jobs to monitor competition and market. Provides info to Marketing for commence update after bid. Tracks project until awarded. Contacts Chief Estimator/Estimating Manager when award is made.
Executes Transaction: Sets-up transition meeting for Project Manager. Copies pricing, quotes, pertinent proposal information for Project Manager. Prepares rough schedule for job duration including cash flow and man-hour requirements. Sets meeting time for Project Manager and Project Manager's invitees. Conveys understanding of low-qualified vendors/subs and commitments to subs and General Contractor's. Provides overview of job and proposal to Project Manager and operations support. Communicates General Contractor's/owner's schedule and needs with field supervision. Reviews potential operations alternatives.
Supplies Cost Estimates on Changes During Construction: Prices changes within necessary timeframe. Assists project team in receiving approval within 60 days of submittals.
Work Environment: Work is primarily in an office environment, but involves exposure to outside weather and jobsite conditions.
Ensures a Safe Work Environment
Participates in Training/Certification
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business documents, technical procedures, and government regulations
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference
Proficiency in Microsoft software programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Ability to sit for long periods of time reviewing detailed drawings