Sr. Estimator



In this role you will be responsible for delivering competitive cost estimates on new bids and reviewing the progress of existing projects to ensure their completion within the parameters of the established project budget. Assist and lead team of Estimators and other preconstruction team members in producing quality estimates in a timely manner while ensuring estimates are thoroughly reviewed before presentations to our clients. Must be able to meet critical deadlines and be able to lead and mentor others in a positive team environment. Position reports to the Chief Estimator.



Estimating Leadership

  • Collaborate with project operations leads to prepare an estimate work plan for each effort
  • Lead budget kick-off and review meetings, including superintendent peer reviews
  • Set expectations for budget resources and monitor their performance
  • Be budget lead, or supervise others, to utilize Sage (Timberline) and Excel, to price budgets in detail and then summarize for communication and variance tracking
  • Liaise with Director of Preconstruction, Precon Managers, Project Executives, Directors, Sr. Project Managers, Project Managers and Superintendents, as estimates progress toward completion. Partner with operations teams, including field resources, to ensure budgets incorporate thoughtful phasing, scheduling, sequencing, hoisting, and safety considerations.
  • Provide 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. Mentor junior estimators; facilitate the development of their estimating skills
  • Lead the extraction and cataloguing of 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
  • Maintain internal data on current market trends and escalation. Prepare updates and narratives for quarterly cost index communications
  • Assist in recruitment of additional estimating resources

Quantity Takeoff

  • Review quantity survey assignments with 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 found, tracked, and understood by others
  • Organize and summarize work products consistent with assignment expectations and Lewis standards
  • Verify work products to ensure accuracy and enter surveyed quantities into final estimates

Subcontractor Pricing

  • 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

  • Play a lead role in identifying, planning, and executing 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



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent years of work experience can apply
  • 7+ years of estimating experience
  • Hands on estimating and budget/bid preparation experience is required with the ability to independently produce conceptual, SD, DD, and CD estimates
  • Ability to operate effectively in an environment that requires frequent switching between managing and doing
  • Experience leading estimates and managing resources
  • Excellent communication skills, and ability to clarify and present budgets both internally to project operations leads and externally to clients and design teams. Strong performer in project interviews and formal budget presentations.
  • Experienced trainer and mentor to junior estimators
  • 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, that includes 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 and communication and quantity generation and extraction


Lease Crutcher Lewis offers competitive compensation and benefits.


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