Senior Estimator

Posted Yesterday by Buchan and London Recruitment Ltd
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My client is a forward looking construction company based in East Sussex, they carry out projects throughout the South East and are planning to expand our operations to in excess of £60m over the next few years. They are seeking a pure Estimator who has solid experience of site inspections, preparing tender build-ups for internal adjudication and carry out adjustments and experience of prices for materials and sub-contract packages.

Overall Purpose of the Job:

To assist and produce priced tenders that are accurate, clearly detailed, competitive and returned within deadlines. Maintain good relationships with prospective clients and professionals to promote further tender invitations and provide clearly identified price build-ups to the Contract team.

The desired outcome being that the Company will achieve sufficient new work to enable continued growth in accordance with the Business Plan. Our reputation for quality, professionalism, fairness and success will be kept foremost in our clients’ and our competitors’ minds.

The role will include but is not limited to the following responsibilities:

Arrange site inspections

Provide accurate budgets/cost plans

Provide a detailed "take-off" and Bill of Quantities (BQ) using the Conquest Estimating software package

Work on traditional Plan and Specification, Design and Build of Partnered Contracts

Obtain competitive prices for materials and sub-contract packages Oversee or complete quote analysis comparisons

Check and amend rate/price build-ups where necessary

Prepare tender build-ups for internal adjudication and carry out adjustments where necessary

Preparation and collation of relevant information/ documentation for handover meeting, ensuring all teams are suitably briefed

Discuss the clients requirements for a pre-tender meeting with relevant departments, present and answer all questions regarding cost of works

Participate in post-tender meetings with clients

Qualifications Required:

Degree or Higher National Certificate in Construction/Building, or equivalent. Previous estimating experience of at least 5 years.

Skills Required:

Knowledge of building, material components, building regulations, estimating (including taking-off) and H&S.

Management skills - basic programming, planning, compiling reports.

Word processing and computer skills for record keeping/data entry and report writing - Word and Excel.

Knowledge of contractual procedures and responsibilities.

Good negotiation, influencing and communication skills; well-spoken and personable; able to get on with diverse personalities

Strong analytical and reasoning abilities

Good organisation skills and attention to detail

Highly numerate with well-developed ability to accurately manipulate numerical information

Confident and resourceful

Evidence of maintaining a professional, consistent and fair approach Self-motivated with the ability to work alone or within a team

Driving license holder with own car

Personal commitment to equality and diversity

Conditions and Package:


Negotiable dependent on experience, skills and qualifications


TBC days holiday plus Bank Holidays, part of this allowance will be taken during the Building Industry shutdown (Christmas to New Year)

Additional winter days accrued at 1 day for every two full calendar years service, to a maximum of 5 extra days

Working hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm with a one hour lunch break

Travelling: Where the employee’s car is used for business purposes a mileage allowance of 0.35p per mile will be paid


Workplace Pension Scheme


Discretionary Company Reward Scheme based on profit share and personal performance

Conditions: Company Standard Rules and Contract of Employment provide further details

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer

Required skills

  • Estimating
  • BOQ
  • SMM7

Reference: 33503725

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