Senior Estimator Job Description

A senior estimator is an individual with a bachelor’s degree or higher in a construction-related field who has performed enough estimating responsibilities that they are considered an expert within a specific field.

Senior estimators may specialize in a particular type of project or may manage multiple projects.

Senior estimators typically are responsible for reviewing estimates prepared by junior estimators, reviewing designs prepared by architects or engineers, and reviewing purchase orders prepared by purchasing agents.

As a senior estimator, you will be expected to mentor junior estimators and provide guidance during project implementation.

Senior estimators typically lead teams of junior estimators and are trained to perform highly specialized tasks.

Updated on:     
October 7, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Senior Estimator to join our team. The ideal candidate will have experience in construction estimating and project management.

Senior Estimator Duties:

  • Directly oversee all estimates from project start to completion, including creating cost breakdowns, timelines, project budgets, and creating preliminary sketch plans
  • Collaborate with project managers in developing conceptual plans and designs
  • Develop blueprints, sketches, and improvement plans
  • Oversee inspection, testing, and quality assurance procedures
  • Understand current industry standards and practices
  • Understand contract requirements
  • Develop and present reports to management

Senior Estimator Responsibilities:

  • Conduct site visits to review project scope of work, develop estimates and proposal costs, identify risks, and recommend mitigation actions
  • Prepare bid documents, which may include scopes of work, specifications, and diagrams
  • Manage and track bids, including reviewing and evaluating bids to ensure they meet specifications
  • Perform cost analysis, including verifying unit costs, determining total project cost, and estimating variance
  • Track project progress, ensure payments are made on time, and reconcile financial activities
  • Prepare reports and analysis, including tracking the progress of bids and cultivating relationships with clients
  • Other duties as assigned

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Requirements And Skills:

  • 5+ years’ experience in estimating
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to read and understand building plans and specifications
  • Capable of estimating a wide variety of building types
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Excellent math and computer skills

[Company Name] is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We recognize the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and are committed to building a team that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or age.