We are looking for an Estimator for our Raleigh, NC office.
With minimal supervision, prepare cost estimates for a variety of projects in all phases of design and construction. Estimates the necessary effort hours to prepare an overall estimate and cost model for each project. Accurately determines the complete scope of work. Gather critical estimating inputs from designers, suppliers, and trade contractors. Prepare predicted and detailed quantity takeoffs for all scopes of work. Leads estimating teams and helps team members meet their responsibilities and integrate their output into the master estimate.
This position is assigned to the Raleigh, NC office and requires minimum 3 days/wk. in the office.
PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Intimate working knowledge of advanced technologies and life sciences processes along with clean utility systems and the ability to learn and adapt to technology as it evolves.
Meets with clients to determine their needs, objectives, timelines, and to gather estimating inputs.
Ability to look beyond the given information, to ask the appropriate questions and develop a complete project cost model.
Prepares a level of effort for each project for acceptance by the project manager.
Knowledgeable in Cost Reimbursable, Lump Sum, and Guaranteed Maximum Price with shared savings estimating methodology.
Works with clients to develop estimating deliverables which fit within the client’s program.
Collaborative and passionate advocate for our customers, empowering, and informing them throughout the estimate development process.
Develops customized estimating strategies for each project.
Experience preparing conceptual cost studies to support the business case from schematic or feasibility-level basic documentation up to detailed cost estimates including current market pricing from Issued for Construction documents.
Comfortable estimating across all disciplines and scopes of work from civil to automation including all complementing Owner costs to generate a complete and accurate cost model.
Managing the project cost model needs from the first benchmark estimate all the way through subcontracts and purchase order execution.
Identifies key designer, supplier, and trade contractor resources to ensure accurate scopes and pricing.
Creates detailed and comprehensive scopes of work.
Prepare detailed estimates and, as the design evolves, develop, and maintain the trend log with variance summaries between estimates and target value delivery to avoid ever requiring value engineering.
Assembles estimating teams, assigns individual responsibilities, and manages the process.
Lead and facilitate the Target Value Delivery method with the project team.
Uses costing databases and historical data to price estimates.
Support development of the Work Breakdown Structure for standardization, data capture, estimate trending, and monthly cost reporting.
Knowledge and understanding of unit costs and the factors that affect construction cost.
Develop and maintain live market pricing for individual craft and composite crew labor rates and indirect supervision.
Reviews all pricing for adequacy and suggests appropriate modifications.
Assesses areas of financial risk, develops preventative measures and their associated costs.
Prepare the Estimate Project Risk Analysis and make cost Contingency and Escalation recommendations using life experience and software (similar to Katmar).
Assemble a complete presentation-worthy estimate package which clearly communicates project cost.
Has takeoffs and pricing reviewed by local Project Management Team.
Make reliable predictions as they relate to quantities and cost.
Employs escalation strategies to ensure accuracy of escalated historical pricing and current pricing escalated to future years.
Assertive in providing innovative solutions to complex issues as they arise related to cost, lead-times, trade partners, and/or specified products or materials.
Prepares general conditions estimate based on anticipated schedule, phasing, and specific project needs.
Prepares indirect costs appropriate for the type of project, procurement, and prime contractor.
Collaborate with project team to establish the necessary professional services staffing plan, project general conditions, and general requirements.
Serves as a mentor to junior estimators.
Ability to lead the preparation and presentation of cost / budget information to the customer/owner.
PROCUREMENT ACTIVITIES SUPPORT
Support the bidding process: soliciting bids, communicating with the bidders, evaluating subcontractor proposals, using bid tally sheets, etc.
Ability to prepare detailed instructions to bidders, trade specific clarifications, and comprehensive bid packages.
Make subcontractor award recommendations to customer/owner and the negotiation and finalization of subcontracts with trade partners.
Ability to engage and develop business with new and existing customers.
Familiar with reviewing construction contracts and identify risk, key insurance, and liquidated damages clauses.
BS degree, preferably in construction management, engineering, or architecture or an AACE International CCP or CEP accredited certificate are preferable.
At least ten (10) years estimating experience; preference to be specifically in a construction environment within Gannett Fleming core markets.
Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite, estimating software (WinEst, Timberline-Sage or similar), take-off software (On-Screen Takeoff or similar), BIM tools (Revit, Assemble, etc.), project management software (Procore or similar), and scheduling software (Primavera, MS Project, Touchplan, or similar).
Excellent listening skills and effective communication skills.
Flexible with ability to identify, adapt to, and resolve complex issues.
Creative and innovative approaches and solutions on a project-by-project basis.
Effective participation in team environment, with both external and internal teams.
A strong work ethic and a “can-do” attitude
Willing to do whatever-it-takes to support the project deadline.
Other duties may be assigned as necessary. Must be able to independently travel and be physically present in the office or at a client site. Works in a dedicated office environment. Infrequent day trips may be required; overnight trips are rare.
For over a century, Gannett Fleming has pioneered important architecture, engineering, and construction innovations. We continue this tradition today as we take on some of our world’s most difficult infrastructure challenges. At the same time, we’re the employer of choice for engaged, passionate, and driven employees. We do all this, and more, while earning some of the industry’s top client and employee satisfaction ratings.