For the fast-growing Montana market, Suffolk is seeking a knowledgeable estimator to support the team in obtaining new work and evaluating design change estimates. The Estimator is responsible for all aspects of estimating, including pre-construction, hard bids, negotiated bids, budgets, general conditions, systems studies and comparisons, value engineering, subcontractor relations and staying abreast of industry developments applicable to estimating. In Montana, the Estimator also provides administrative support to the Executive Project Director, engages in consistent communications with trade partners, maintains up-to-date records of bids, and manages the prequalification process for the hiring of trade partners.
Unit Cost Pricing
Clearly understand the complexity of the scope of work as shown on the construction documents.
Prepare detailed take offs of materials.
Prepare detailed labor estimates using man-hours, crews and equipment.
Organize material and labor information for pricing.
Solicit material prices from suppliers.
Obtain current labor rates.
Prepare unit prices by "Building the Project in your Head."
Verify and compare your unit prices or the price of a system with a subcontractor and previous similar estimates.
Understand the influence of market conditions on pricing.
Subcontractor Solicitation & Selection
Prepare subcontractor list.
Prepare bid invitations.
Prepare subcontractor bid packages including transmittals, drawings and specifications.
Follow up with subs regarding bidding and update the subcontractor list.
Prepare scope sheets for subcontractors, and review scope of work.
Subcontractor Relationships & Feedback
Keep subcontractors up-to-date with project information and addenda during the bidding process.
Answer subcontractor questions.
Prepare RFIs for the design team.
Prepare quantity take offs and subcontractor solicitation.
Prepare document lists and correspondence during pre-construction.
Hard Bid and Design Build Estimating
Procure drawings and specifications from architect or owner.
Date-stamp all drawings and spec books.
Confirm SCCI is listed in all publications.
Confirm with architect/owner that all construction documents have been received and send documents to printer.
Put construction documents in plan room.
Create bid binder or bid box. Take off of items to be priced by SCCI.
Read all assigned plans and specs completely.
Call to confirm local building permit rates.
Call the architect the day before the bid and confirm all addenda and supplemental information has been received.
Assist in the creation of bid packages for subcontractors.
Turn Over Meetings
Compile the Turn Over Meeting package.
Attend the Turn Over Meeting.
Exhibit Bs & Scope Sheets
Assist the Senior Estimator with Exhibit B and scope sheet preparation.
Attend weekly staff meetings and report on status of assignments.
Attend training classes as required.
Quality Control of Departments Bids and Estimates
Prepare thorough scope of work spreadsheets. Always try to prepare a thorough control estimate for every trade you are responsible for. Meet deadlines and allow time for review of your work with the Senior or Chief Estimator.
Bid Day Activities
Develop a "plug" number for your trade using the most up-to-date information available the night before the bid.
Complete the scope of work/pricing spread sheets ASAP.
Follow up with subcontractors for any missing information.
Review all pricing and subcontractor information with the Senior and Chief Estimator.
Attend any review meetings with the Senior or Lead Estimator.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture or related field
3-6 years of experience in estimating or equivalent
Strong knowledge of Montana trade partners and their skill levels
Interpersonal skills and ability to meet potential new clients and trade partners.
Working knowledge of Excel spreadsheets and Word processing programs, along with data entry into Suffolk’s proprietary Cost Lab program.
Understanding of construction socuments
Knowledge of the contents of each CSI section.
Ability to read and interpret blueprints in order to understand the scope of work at SD, DD and CD phases of design.
Ability to coordinate construction document plans, details and specifications.
Work effectively with all colleagues and constituents.
Possess and understand Suffolk’s core values, goals, and vision.
Possess clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an Estimator.
Actively participate as a team member.
Time management skills.
Sense of urgency.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time; talk or hear; perform fine motor, hand and finger skills in the use of a keyboard, telephone, or writing. The employee is frequently required to stands; walk; and reach with arms and/or hands. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will spend their time in an office environment with a quiet to moderate noise level. Job site walking.
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