Estimator

Seattle

POSITION SUMMARY

Assist a team of Estimators and other Preconstruction team members in producing quality estimates in a timely manager while ensuring estimates are thoroughly reviewed before presentations to our clients.  Must be able to meet critical deadlines and work in a positive team environment. Position reports to the Chief Estimator.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS AND ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Estimating Generation

  • Collaborate with Sr. Estimators, Pre-con Managers, and project operations leads to execute estimate work plans for each effort
  • Participate in budget kick-off and review meetings, including superintendent peer reviews
  • Utilize Sage and Excel to price budgets in detail and then summarize for communication and variance tracking
  • Liaise with Sr. Estimators, Pre-con Managers, and project operations leads as estimates progress toward completion.
  • Partner with operations teams, including field resources, to ensure budgets incorporate thoughtful phasing, scheduling, sequencing, hoisting, and safety considerations
  • Build expertise in pricing self-performed work, general conditions, and construction work support
  • Train various personnel within the Operations group on Lewis’ estimating tools, templates, and standards
  • Extract and catalogue unit pricing from subcontractor budgets for useful reference by others
  • Connect with actual project costs to ensure future work is budgeted with the benefit of current performance
  • Periodically visit job sites to strengthen relationships within Lewis, obtain estimating feedback, and expand construction knowledge
  • Participate in collection, discussion, and communication of internal data on current market trends and escalation

Quantity Takeoff and Subcontractor Pricing

  • Review quantity survey assignments with Sr. Estimators, Pre-con Managers, and project operations leads, to ensure that work products match specific expectations for format, sorting and level of detail
  • Perform quantity surveys consistent with estimate work plans. Utilize Lewis standardized tools, including Bluebeam, Excel and Revit
  • Coordinate scopes with others to ensure complete coverage and avoid scope overlap
  • Record work products so that they can be easily be found, tracked, and understood by others
  • Organize and summarize work products consistent with assignment expectations and Lewis standards
  • Verify work products to ensure accuracy
  • Enter surveyed quantities into final estimates
  • Team with project operations to assist in RFP development
  • Procure subcontractor pricing consistent with estimating work plans. Utilize invitation to bid software to host project budget documents, communicate budget/bid requirements, and solicit pricing from subcontractors
  • Follow up with solicited subcontractors during budget timeframes to ensure adequate scope coverage and timely receipts of responsive pricing
  • Review budgets/bids for scope alignment. Follow-up with subcontractors if budgets/bids don’t align with our expectations, or if more information is required
  • Recap (compare) subcontractor budgets/bids
  • Enter subcontractor pricing into final estimates
  • Extract unit pricing information from subcontractors’ budgets and bids to ensure we maintain connection to current market pricing

Standardization of Estimating Process

  • Identify, plan, and execute special departmental assignments for lean process development and standardization
  • Team with the Preconstruction group to innovate, automate, and improve estimating and preconstruction tools
  • Develop and update budget comparisons of similar systems, summarized and with detail
  • Collect, synthesize and compare Lewis historical costs, self-performed work productivities, project crew mix and overtime performance, etc.
  • Tabulate project cost summaries and comparisons for completed projects

Relationships and Safety

  • Develop relationships with our subcontractors to obtain timely, responsive, accurate quotes, and further understand their means and methods
  • Develop relationships throughout Lewis Operations staff to partner on the generation of budgets that can be achieved during the execution of actual project parameters and constraints
  • Develop relationships with key design teams and clients through over-the-shoulder, collaborative estimating. Represent Lewis as a trusted advisor to our clients and influencers
  • Partner with both the Preconstruction and Operations groups to integrate detailed safety planning early into our budgeting and preconstruction efforts

IN ORDER TO SUCCEED IN THIS ROLE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent years of work experience can apply
  • Proven hands on estimating and budget/bid preparation experience with ability to produce estimate work products either independently or collaboratively with other teammates
  • Excellent communication skills, and able to clarify and present budgets both internally to project operations leads and externally to clients and design teams
  • Familiarity with all major elements of commercial building construction and a working knowledge of high-level pricing metrics for major systems, including site/civil, structure, exterior closure, interiors, vertical transportation, and MEP elements
  • Proficiency with estimating software. Lewis primarily uses Sage software for detailed estimates, Bluebeam for onscreen takeoff, and Excel for budget summaries, variances, and comparisons
  • Possess thorough understanding of how VDC/BIM integrates into the estimating process
  • Working knowledge of utilization of Revit models for scope review, communication and quantity generation and extraction

Lease Crutcher Lewis offers competitive compensation and benefits, and was recently voted one of the top 100 companies to work for in Washington State.

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