Chief Estimator

Chief Estimator Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Chief Estimator to join our team.


  • Communicate with Owners, Partners, Representatives, Architects and Consultants;
  • Optimize job costs by negotiating prices with vendors/sub-contractors through quotations for material/services;
  • Coordinate bid preparation requirements with the Contract Administrator;
  • Interface with Owner and other contractors to provide engineering and cost data regarding project feasibility;
  • Prepare budgets, subcontracts, purchase orders and assist in preliminary project schedules;
  • Ensure proper project hand off if project is taken over by another PM/Team;
  • Review proposal specifications, drawings, soils reports and existing site conditions to determine scope of work;
  • Mentor and manage Junior Estimators as assigned;
  • Estimate Indirect cost including management, construction equipment and tools, support facilities;
  • Review all proposals internally before being submitted to Owner and/or General Contractor;
  • Review incoming structural concrete bid invitations to determine whether to bid the project;
  • Lead and/or support successful competitive bid projects, lead design-build pursuits and Target Value Delivery opportunities;
  • Engage in proposal presentations as necessary;
  • Training and mentoring of estimating staff and direct reports;
  • Maintain strong and positive relationships with operations teams.


  • 7+ year’s construction estimating experience;
  • Excellent communication skills with a strong math aptitude;
  • Experience with federal government projects and FAR regulations;
  • Experience in industrial & commercial construction build/design work;
  • LEED philosophies;
  • Able to work with speed and accuracy;
  • Experience in conceptual estimating and design build a must;
  • B.S. in Construction Management or Civil Engineering, preferred;
  • Strong business communication and leadership skills;
  • Supervisory Experience;
  • Understanding of the influence of market conditions on pricing;
  • Experience with estimating software such as Sage, OST, Procore;
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience required;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Architecture or related field;
  • Proficient with Excel spread sheets, and Word processing programs.