Pre-Construction / Estimator Role – Commercial Construction

Pre-Construction / Estimator Role – Commercial Construction

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Date: 6/16/2020
Location: Columbia, SC
Degree: Degree Preferred
Salary: $Competitive

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Pre-Construction Sr. Estimator Opportunity / Commercial Construction       Columbia, SC

Great job with a top ranked Commercial Construction Company in the southeast!  Headquartered in South Carolina and Licensed in 13 states.  Stellar reputation for quality and repeat business with a strong pipeline of upcoming work.

  • Full Service General Contractor that has operated continuously since 1918
  • Licensed in 13 states
  • Retail, Commercial, Healthcare, Multi-Family, Industrial Construction
  • History of delivering quality services as well as quality construction


  • Strong Compensation and Comprehensive Benefits Program: Health Insurance
    STD, LTD, and Life Available
    Dental and Vision coverage
    Optional Life insurance for spouse available
  • 401K
  • Bonus Plan
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • 8 Holidays / Personal Days
  • Payroll Savings Plan 

This person will be responsible for:

  • Prepare estimates with the necessary level of detail for all design states
  • Program, as needed, Conceptual, Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction documents
  • Prepare quality take-offs and estimated costs of materials, labor, and use of equipment required to fulfill all provisions of the contract
  • Prepare quantity take-offs and estimates for self-performed work (selective demolition, site-work, concrete, steel erection, carpentry, etc.)
  • Evaluate labor pricing/production for specific projects and/or locations: demonstrate proficiency in material, labor, sub and equipment pricing for all trade disciplines
  • May be responsible for managing job-specific teams in the assembly and submission of bids & ensure assigned estimate actions are performed by the assigned teams within the timelines granted and keep the Pre-Construction Team advised regarding schedule
  • When responsible for teams – review estimate assignments to ensure accuracy prior to formal submission
  • Consult with clients, architects, subcontractors, and material suppliers to discuss and formulate cost estimates, effect cost reductions, and resolve issues
  • Study specifications to assist the operations team in planning procedures for construction
  • Research construction documents and analyze specifications to determine estimated costs
  • Work with the operations team throughout the preconstruction process in reviewing plans and specifications for constructability issues and determining general requirements on the project
  • Understand how to create proper bid packages and bid alternate strategies
  • Ensure that all work items from scope review are included in estimate and that cost trail from bids to Bid Package Scope Analysis Worksheets and Checklists to estimate is clear and correct
  • Prepare clear, properly formatted Bid Package Scope Analysis Worksheets; review Bid Analysis Worksheets prepared by others on team for coordination
  • Assist with management the subcontractor solicitation process
  • Assure that the appropriate team members are part of the approval process for all bid lists
  • Issue bid invitations to subcontractors/vendors – ensure adequate bid coverage for each trade package (receipt of 3 bids minimum, 4 to 5 preferred); generate interest and get commitments on subcontractor participation; obtain local participation to meet project needs
  • Review subcontractor and supplier bids for conformity to contract requirements and determine acceptable bids
  • Have the ability to present and explain project budgets to clients, designers, and operations teams as well as lead estimate presentations
  • Understand how to scale subs to the size/scope of the project
  • Communicate with subcontractors on key issues, such as project schedule, addenda, scope of work, and other bid information
  • Ensure that there is a proper trade package coverage of subcontractors on bid day
  • Ensure that all quantity surveys and pricing are accurate and complete
  • Seek and qualify new subcontractors
  • Attend Pre-bid meetings and take meetings minutes, photos, etc. for use and record
  • Analyze subcontractor coverage and make sure the appropriate calls are getting made to procure the coverage needed
  • Ensure that any exclusion a subcontractor makes is covered elsewhere in the Estimate
  • Bid Day
    • Perform comprehensive bid day analysis and scoping of specific assigned trades
    • Enter pricing into software and complete bid forms, in the event the Estimating Manager is unavailable
    • Review all scope sheets and listing of subcontractors shown on those scope sheets looking for missing items, unqualified or unknow subcontractors, substantial money differences among bidders within the same division
  • Create bid form breakdowns as required. Create Excel spreadsheets as needed for breakdowns
  • Develop and manage clarifications as required to be submitted with bid pricing
  • Participate in training and continuous improvement
  • Conduct Hand-off meeting with construction operations after award of project
  • Participate in various trade organizations and committees
  • Generate Invitation-To-Bids
  • Periodically visit sites at critical path milestones during production and report findings


Background, Skills, and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in in Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Construction Management preferred
  • Minimum of 8 years of construction and estimating experience
  • Proven track record of success working internally with an operations team and externally with Owners, Architects/Engineers, and subcontractors
  • Significant knowledge of retail, Multi-story Wood Frame, Healthcare, Industrial construction
  • Ability to read and understand construction specifications and drawings
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and handle pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong analytical, organization, and problem solving skills
  • Familiarity / Proficiency with the following software or internet programs
    • On-Screen Takeoff by Planswift
    • BlueBeam
    • MS Excel
    • MS word
    • Sage / Timberline
    • Outlook
    • Agtek

(client uses Planswift, Sage Timberline extensively – and can train candidates who have used similar software)

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