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Senior Estimator

  • Industry: Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Location: South Florida
  • Client: Construction - General Building
  • Search ID: 17-0705-12
Helbling has been retained by an ENR-ranked construction firm to secure a Senior Estimator who will prepare budgets, estimates, and pre-bid packages for construction projects to be built for clients under a CM at Risk guaranteed maximum pricing structure. The Senior Estimator will also work with the project management team in establishing a bidders list; soliciting and evaluating subcontractor proposals and scopes of work; and preparing quantity surveys, and reviewing project plans and specifications for constructability and value engineering in all CSI (Construction Specification Institute) categories of work.
Responsibilities include:
  • Performs accurate, thorough, and timely quantity takeoffs using company format, detail, and coding for all CSI division systems for all levels of project documents (schematic, design development, and construction documents).
  • Develops accurate and concise clarifications and assumptions with project management team’s assistance.
  • Obtains clarification on plans and specifications from architects and engineers when necessary.
  • Solicits and analyzes subcontractor and vendor pricing input when required.
  • Actively participates in project site pre-bid meetings, site tours, and post-bid interviews as required.
  • Develops unit costs accurately.
  • Performs technical/plan review when required.
  • Considers and understands problems and identifies appropriate solutions.
  • Develops knowledge in building designs, systems, and construction materials through available resources and uses this knowledge in guiding the owner to a viable project.
  • Accurately assesses and plans takeoff workload.
  • Provides information to senior preconstruction managers for the purpose of developing accurate and concise clarifications and assumptions with project management team’s assistance.
  • Develops value management options and provides analysis for each, looks at first cost vs. life cycle cost, and takes lead on constructability review.
  • Manages multiple projects concurrently with ability to multi-task on all project delivery methods including Design Build, Lump Sum, CM Agency, and hybrids of each.
  • Totally responsible for complete project process assuring that all divisions are accounted for.
  • Technically competent in all types of MEP scope showing the ability to strategize with subcontractors, design teams, and clients and ask questions and provide responses with confidence.
  • May assist in purchasing and/or buyout duties on as needed basis and will stay involved with operations buyout process for first 90 days of project.
  • On Lump Sum or Hard Bids, acts as Bid Captain responsible for entire bid process including working with the Director/VP of Preconstruction on scope assignments, bid calendar, subcontractor coverage, bid day strategy, and bid day summary sheet.
  • Builds effective relationships with customers, design team, subcontractors, suppliers, and user groups that reflect and support company core values and meets or exceeds the customer’s expectations.
  • Actively participates in industry, client, and community relations to enhance company image.
  • Prepares and presents budget presentations to owners and architects.
  • Participates in personal career development through on-the-job training, attends preconstruction /operations classroom training programs, participates in software training, seminars and leads the development of interns, Junior Estimators and Estimators.
  • Constantly strives to improve capabilities, performance, and knowledge of construction technologies. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Building Construction is preferable.
  • Experience in municipal work, higher education, healthcare, public schools, assisted living, multifamily and country clubs as well as a variety of other markets.
  • Ability to read engineering and architectural drawings and specifications.
  • Ability to read and understand contracts.
  • Outstanding and professional oral, written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, On-Screen Take off is required.
  • Extreme proficiency in all computer software programs used in preconstruction with particular emphasis on estimating software (e.g. SmartBid).
  • Desire to be a part of a dynamic, growing organization.

Search Consultant: Rick Nawoczynski

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