Senior Cost Estimator

Senior Cost Estimator Job Description Template

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


  • Evaluates third-party estimates and tracks market conditions and costs to validate estimates;
  • Establishes site-specific estimating criteria, including labor, equipment, and material supply;
  • Performs project sequencing and scheduling of complex waterfront projects, building the project master construction schedule;
  • Performs quantity take offs for large marine concrete structures, including formwork, reinforcement and embedded metals;
  • Participates in client cost estimate and schedule reviews;
  • Reviews drawings and specifications to determine costs and assists in value management on projects;
  • Provides estimating guidance to medium and large projects of moderate to extreme complexity;
  • Designs, implements, and maintains cost estimating database(s) using various software applications;
  • Analyzes critical path activities and works through issues with the project design team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Construction Management, Engineering, or a related field preferred;
  • Excellent professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Leadership talent;
  • Self-Management;
  • Experience using Oracle Primavera P6 or Unifier a plus;
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and decision making, as well as theoretical/conceptual analysis;
  • Make decision to quote or no quote projects based on time, complexity and fit;
  • Communicate with sales, manufacturing personnel, engineering, and customers to determine requirements;
  • Adaptable to change and displays flexibility, ability to work within deadlines;
  • 10+ years of consistent cost estimating experience for vertical construction/engineering projects highly preferred;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills;
  • Confident presenting face-to-face with clientele;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction, Engineering, or Architecture required; or any degree with construction/design-related experience;
  • Solid experience working directly with clientele;
  • Previous experience supervising junior cost estimator(s) highly preferred, but not required.