Senior Estimator

Location : Swindon, Gloucestershire, England
Job Ref : JS245
Consultant : James Smith
Sector : Construction
Salary : £60k - 65k per year + Car/allowance + benefits


JS245 – Senior Estimator (Civil Construction)

Location: Swindon, Wilts

Salary: £ 60,000 – £65,000 + Car / Travel allowance

First Military Executive Recruitment are pleased to be recruiting for a Senior Estimator. The successful candidate will have extensive experience working in Civil Construction. 

The successful candidate will operate in coordination with Bid Managers to ensure competitive pricing. 

Our client encourages interest from former service personnel, however all qualified candidates will be considered.

Duties and Responsibilities : 

  • Agree methodologies and outputs for key activities with Planner and, where appropriate the Bid Manager and Design Manager.
  • Provide advice to Bid Manager/ Design manager on most competitive design options.
  • Produce competitive price using methodologies and outputs etc. to suit conditions/ situations relevant to the scheme.
  • Advise Bid Manager on sufficiency of Client bill of quantity/ activity schedule and arrange for full quantity take off or checking as required.

Preparing the price estimate for tenders or budget pricing comprising the following aspects: 

Labour –

  • Develop local rates/ build up rates for self-delivered items.
  • Ensure Working Rule Agreement (and any other specific requirements such as London Living Wage) included in labour rates.
  • Prepare scheme specific labour rate calculation where required.

Plant –

  • Develop local rates/ build up rates for self-delivered items.
  • Liaise with Planner to reconcile plant resource levels.        

Materials –

  • Comparison sheet for materials considering unit rate (conversation factors), wastage, waiting times and part loads etc.
  • Liaise with procurement to determine appropriate selection of suppliers to send enquiries to.
  • Liaise with procurement to determine the sufficiency and compliance of supplier quotations.
  • Liaise with procurement and agree on the selection of supplier quotations to be used in the estimate.

Subcontracts – 

  • Liaise with procurement & bid team to determine appropriate selection of subcontractors to send enquiries to.
  • Liaise with procurement to determine the sufficiency and compliance of subcontractor quotations.
  • Preparation of comparison sheet for subcontractors detailing additions/ deletions from quoted rates.
  • Liaise with procurement and bid manager and agree on the selection of the subcontractor to be used in the estimate.

Temporary Works – 

  • Liaise with Planner/ Technical Services and Temporary Works Coordinator to agree extent and nature of temporary works.
  • Agree costs of temporary works with temporary works coordinator.

Staff –

  • Agree staffing levels and produce staff programme with Bid Manager and Operations lead.
  • Use currently weekly staff rates to price staff.
  • Agree staff patterns and overtime rates with Operations lead for out of normal hours working – note these need to comply with Working time directive/ NR fatigue guidance etc.

Preliminaries – 

  • Liaise with Planner to determine overall duration of preliminaries.
  • Coordinate and liaise with Bid Manager to ensure all aspects of Clients requirements included as necessary (CCS/ CEEQUAL etc).

Risk –

  • Input with Bid Manager and tender risk manager into tender risk/ opportunity register. 

Final settlement and submission –

  • Produce top-sheet tender summary in current format and associated back up sheets.
  • Present pricing build up at pre-settlement and settlement meetings.
  • Prepare adjustments sheet in coordination with Bid Manager to reflect settlement adjustments.
  • Prepare final pricing documentation for inclusion with tender submission – where possible ensuring pricing maintains a positive cash flow throughout the project.
  • Coordinate with Bid Manager for the production of the Form of tender/ Contract Data Part 2 as required.
  • Liaise with Bid Manager and address any post tender clarifications/amendments issued by the Client.

Handover (for successful bids) – 

  • Prepare handover pricing document for issue to Project Manager and Co

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