Black & Veatch Principal Estimator in US, United States

Principal Estimator



Date published:27-Apr-2018

Opportunity:Experienced Hire

Business Line:Water

Business Plan:EST


Black & Veatch delivers design, procurement and construction solutions that help to provide safe drinking water and effective wastewater management to communities worldwide. We serve public and private clients of every size with a strong focus on life cycle economy, efficiency and reliability.

We find innovative solutions to protect water at its source, treat it to the highest standards, and deliver it to homes and businesses. Then we collect and treat wastewater before reintroducing it safely back into the environment.

Primary Purpose:

Responsible for the direction and preparation of lump sum, unit rate and cost plus estimates ranging from simple cost analysis to definitive estimates in support of proposals, project controls and project change orders. Duties are inclusive of those listed.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

• Delegates technical and administrative responsibilities to subordinates

• Retains primary accountability for compliance in each area

• Reviews the status of each estimate periodically

• Reviews the status of personnel assigned to them relative to technical, administrative and training requirements

• Other administrative, supervisory and technical duties as assigned

• Prepares cost estimates on proposals, projects and studies and ensure that the content of the estimate is complete, accurate and meets the requirements of the estimate or project plan.

• Plans, coordinates, reviews, verifies and analyzes all aspects of estimates and estimate presentation

• Responsible for directing, training and developing subordinates.

• Helps in the maintenance of the Company estimating database. Coordinate and review the variable estimating factors in each area with Engineering Operations, Procurement and Construction.

• Provides technical advice and assistance to the Project Manager in the preparation of all levels of estimates ranging in scope and complexity from a simple factored or curve type analysis estimate to an extremely complex multi-billion dollar lump sum bid.

• Appraises overall accuracy of estimates and recommends contingencies for estimates such as Lump Sum bids, Defined Estimates and Interim Control Estimates.

• Ensures the orderly flow of project assignments through his area in keeping with schedules and within manpower budgets.

• Assists the Chief Estimator with an independent assessment of an estimate’s accuracy (upon completion of the estimate and summarization of all detailed man-hours, material, construction and home office costs).

• Recommends detailed estimating procedures and techniques to be utilized in the development of the estimate.

• Assists in planning and development of the necessary formal training programs to maintain and improve estimating techniques, procedures and capabilities for both new and experienced personnel.

• Maintains familiarity with estimating and cost engineering developments and activities outside the company and assesses their significance, suggesting application to company business where warranted.

• Identifies and assesses improvement opportunities which will add value. Champions continuous improvement efforts. Assesses and supports the change management effects associated with the implementation of improvements. Proactively supports, encourages and facilitates staff to engage in continuous improvement activities.

• Supervises work of others. Responsible for hiring, discipline, and pay administration of their subordinates.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required: • 10 to 25 years of relevant experience, including some estimating experience • Field and/or project experience All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

BS or MS graduate in Construction Management or related field is preferred, but not required. Cost control and scheduling exposure is a plus.

Preferred Competencies:

• Ability to manage extremely complex estimates (e.g., in size, scope or organization, multinational joint ventures)

• Scheduling/planning skills

• Cost engineering skills

• Leadership skills

• Development of subordinates

• Mathematical skills

• Project design scopes

• Consulting skills

• Problem-solving

• Planning skills

• Analytical skills

• Consensus team builder

• Function in an international joint environment

• Interpret and understand specifications and contracts

• Microsoft Excel

• Microsoft Access

• Verbal and written communication skills

• Presentation skills

• Interpersonal communication skills

Black & Veatch Holding Company, its subsidiaries and its affiliated companies, complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) affirmative action laws and regulations. Black & Veatch does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender Identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other status protected by law.

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