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Lead Estimator

The Lead Estimator, along with the Senior Estimator develops accurate, timely and detailed cost estimates on large, complex heavy civil and mechanical construction projects for bid-build, design-build, and Engineer, Procure and Construct projects. The Lead Estimator will be responsible for accurate quantity surveys, preparation of subcontractor and vendor work scopes and quote analysis, and estimating the cost of self-perform work. The Lead Estimator will be a self-starter and work efficiently. The Lead Estimator must be able to meet critical deadlines and have the ability to work as part of a team. The Lead Estimator may be named as Pursuit Sponsor of a particular project, should the value require it. The Lead Estimator will report to the Senior Estimator.
What You'll Do:

  • Demonstrate commitment to an Injury-Free Environment and Skanska Safety and Health Management Program, including the ability to independently stop work for a safety violation or suspected safely violation;

  • Develop, as part of a team, full-scope cost estimates based on proposal documentation on a variety of bid build, design build and EPC projects for various public and private clients;

  • Interpret and analyze project drawings and specifications, proposals and other documentation;

  • Responsible for accurate, detailed take-off of quantities from project drawings and specifications;

  • Develop detailed cost estimates for discrete self-perform work elements;

  • Setup and maintain the HCSS Heavy Bid estimate file and associated pursuit specific databases;

  • Manage of Joint Venture Estimate comparisons: Compile JV Instruction Book, Quantity comparison process, Cost comparisons and close out;

  • Assist in developing the initial project execution and logistics plans and the project schedule;

  • On Design/Build pursuits participate on Design Task forces and with Proposal development;

  • Identify, solicit and analyze subcontractor and vendor proposals;

  • Complete peer review of takeoffs and cost estimates prepared by estimating staff;

  • Assist with the maintenance of HCSS Heavy Bid estimating databases;

  • Assist with the procurement of major materials and subcontracts on successful pursuits;

  • Perform research for means and methods, materials, equipment, costs and construction techniques and services to increase competitiveness;

  • Assist and/or lead Task Force Meetings.


We're Looking For:

  • Computer knowledge and efficiency, including Microsoft Office products Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HCSS Estimating/Engineering Software: HCSS Heavy Bid, AutoCAD, On Screen Takeoff or similar;

  • Demonstrate proficiency with all HeavyBid and Estimating processes employed by Skanska Estimating including: Equipment Buy/Sell analysis, Sub vs Self Perform analysis, Holding Accounts, Quote System, Estimate closeout procedure, JV Estimates, @Risk, etc;

  • Capability to manage an entire estimate of a moderate sized project under the supervision of a Senior Estimator or Estimating Manager;

  • Mentor and train Estimators and Estimating Engineers;

  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and within a team;

  • Coordinate closely with an Estimating Engineer to produce quantity takeoffs for use in preparing estimates;

  • Understands cost based risk analysis;

  • Ability to manage and direct junior estimating staff assigned to the pursuit and mentor a team;

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills;

  • Ability to multi-task;

  • Dependability;

  • Ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality at all times;

  • Ability to understand, follow directions and meet critical deadline;

  • Good time management and organizational skills;

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Management or Similar Technical Training;

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in estimating of projects in the discipline.


Developing Your Career at Skanska, You Will:

  • Contribute to a sustainable future improving the lives of people, communities and companies;

  • Collaborate in an open culture where sound values and dedicated people come together for greater results;

  • Thrive in a people-driven international company with countless opportunities to learn and grow.


Skanska is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age.
Skanska USA is one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies in the U.S., serving a broad range of clients including those in transportation, power, industrial, water/wastewater, healthcare, education, sports, data centers, government, aviation, life sciences and commercial. Headquartered in New York with offices in 31 metro areas, we have nearly 11,000 employees committed to being leaders in safety, project execution, sustainability, ethics and people development. In 2017, our work in building construction, civil and power/industrial construction, commercial development and infrastructure development (public-private partnerships) generated $7.3 billion in revenue. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled $18.8 billion in 2017. Skanska shares are publicly traded in the U.S. on the OTC market under the symbol SKBSY through a Level I American Depository Receipt program.
We are proud to be named one of America's Best Employers of 2017 by Forbes.
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