Apex, NC

Lead Estimator

We are seeking a Principal Estimator to join our team in Apex, NC. As the Lead Estimator, you will be responsible for overseeing a team of estimators, reviewing and approving estimates, maintaining records, and providing guidance to team members. Your role will also involve developing a bid strategy and leading the bid process for negotiated and hard bids. Additionally, you will establish and maintain budget control during the estimating and preconstruction phases of the project.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage the estimating team throughout the estimating process
  • Create a green sheet and assign estimating tasks to team members
  • Examine plans and specifications
  • Evaluate and prepare cost estimates for self-perform and subcontracted items
  • Produce accurate and comprehensive estimates in a timely manner
  • Conduct site visits to gather information about site conditions and restrictions
  • Ensure accuracy of the team's take-offs
  • Incorporate historical data into cost figures
  • Coordinate with subcontractors regarding prospective projects
  • Create estimates using Hard Dollar and verify cost allocations
  • Develop a preliminary project schedule using Primavera P6
  • Collaborate with the team to finalize the estimate
  • Offer cross-training opportunities to Estimators and Senior Estimators in various disciplines and prepare them for advancement and fieldwork

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Over 10 years of experience as an estimator in heavy/highway construction projects (e.g., Structures, Bridges, Underground, Earthwork, and Concrete Paving) with a project range of $50M+
  • Demonstrated experience leading an estimating team
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or a similar discipline
  • Previous experience in field operations is desirable
  • Proven ability to collaborate with owners, contractors, and project team members to provide engineering and cost data for project feasibility
  • Strong prioritization and organizational skills with acute attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft programs such as Excel and Word
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Preferred: Proficiency in Hard Dollar and Primavera P6
  • Additional knowledge in Bluebeam, AutoCAD, MicroStation, HCSS (Heavy Bid), and Terra Model would be advantageous, but not required
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