Cost Estimator

Position Description

Must have an active Secret clearance.

The Cost Estimator will support government related construction, design/build, and architecture and engineering projects involving the following areas:

  • Analyzes drawings and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates
  • Assesses cost effectiveness of products, projects or services, tracking actual costs relative to contract award costs as the project develops.
  • Consults with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments or construction foremen to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
  • Confers with engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
  • Prepares estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work. 
  • Prepares estimates for use in selecting vendors or subcontractors.
  • Identifying and quantifying cost factors, such as production time and raw material, equipment, and labor expenses.
  • Traveling to job sites to gather information on materials needed, labor requirements, and other factors.
  • Reading drawings and technical documents to prepare estimates.
  • Collaborating with engineers, architects, owners, and contractors on estimates.
  • Using sophisticated computer software to calculate estimates.
  • Evaluating a product’s cost effectiveness or profitability.
  • Recommending ways to make a product more cost effective or profitable.
  • Preparing estimates for the government agent and other Program Managers.
  • Assists in developing cost documents such as project management plans for the duration of the project. Responds to cost needs for the duration of the project.
  • Accurately predicts the cost, size, and duration of future construction and manufacturing projects.
  • Analyzing many inputs in order to determine how much time, money, and labor a project needs and how profitable it will be.
  • Using computer software, including databases, to simulate building construction.
  • Calculating the cost of the construction phase for which the contractor is responsible.
  • Identifying the direct costs, such as the cost of raw materials and the cost of labor, and set a timeline for how long the project will take.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an area such as economics, mathematics, building science, statistics, construction management, production management, accounting, finance or engineering.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience as a planner/scheduler on construction projects. 
  • Hold industry recognized certification such as a Certified Cost Professional (CCP), Earned Value Professional (EVP), Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), Project Management Institute-Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP), etc.
  • Excellent IT and math skills.
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Have a keen sense of business acumen and awareness.
  • An understanding of the importance of data confidentiality. 
  • Ability to work independently.
  • The ability to organize work and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of regulations, price trends and exchange rates in building construction and associated trades.
  • Experience using industry software products used for cost estimating activities.

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