The purpose of this position is to develop cost estimates in support of a project management delivery team/solution.
Characteristics of responsible costs:
Complexity: Medium to High
Value: Typically < $2 Million USD
Region: LMA and/or Local GWS Account
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
–Prepare accurate and detailed construction cost estimates in a BOQ (Bill of Quantities) or similar format, from high-level conceptual design through final construction document completion. Support the Cost Manager in the development of an overall Project Cost Plan.
–Research regional pricing of material and labor using published documents and market data. Produce detailed quantity take-offs using OST (or similar cost platform). Maintain cost benchmarking information as point of comparison to market data; adjust as necessary based on client attributes, market conditions, and project specifics.
–Interfaces directly with Clients or cost/project management team to define cost requirements and goals and issue recommendations as needed. Set up estimate work breakdown structure to align with budget and cost reporting system.
–Understand best practices in construction pricing and delivery methods; participate in design reviews and lead value engineering reviews to achieve budgetary goals. Work in partnership with engineering teams and participate in design and construction meetings to guide design solutions with cost efficiencies.
–Prepare detailed bid analysis and review sessions with project teams and senior management to validate a quantity record booklet (or equivalent) submitted by contractors/subcontractors. Perform peer review of estimates generated by other functional teams contributing to the project solution; issue recommendations and input for use on the project.
–Support the Project/Cost Manager when reviewing and approving large change orders and the review of invoices submitted for review/approval during the project.
–Work with the Project Manager to produce monthly project reports on estimating activities. Implements cost documentation governance aligned with company and Client requirements. Ensure cost data integrity and documentation is accurate, timely, and coordinated. Implements communication plan for meetings and written reports/meeting minutes to keep client and cost resources informed.
–Other duties as assigned.
–No formal supervisory responsibilities in this position.
–Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
–Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS/BEng/BArch) from College or University in a technical area of study.
–Minimum 3 years of related experience and/or training preferred. Demonstrated specific Estimating skills & responsibilities in a previous position
CERTIFICATES and/or LICENSES
–RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) or CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) accreditation preferred.
–Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills. Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous service to customers. Ability to effectively present information.
–Requires knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate intermediate figures such as percentages, discounts, and/or commissions. Conducts basic financial analysis.
–Ability to understand and carry out general instructions in standard situations. Ability to solve problems in standard situations. Requires intermediate analytical and quantitative skills.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES
–Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite. Working knowledge in MS Project is helpful. Knowledge with estimating software such as OST preferred. Ability to read and understand architectural drawings. Knowledge of leases, contracts, and construction practices preferred.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY
–Decisions made with general understanding of procedures and company policies to achieve set results and deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause short-term impact to co-workers and supervisor.