Baton Rouge, LA

Posted: 07/26/2018 Industry: None Job Number: 42328
FTS is seeking a Commercial Construction Estimator for our client based out of Baton Rouge, LA.

Perform and/or orchestrate ALL aspects of the estimating and bidding process from beginning to end for the purpose of procurement of profitable work for the company. The responsibilities as estimator include procurement of documents that management has approved for bidding, document review, proposal document preparation, sub/supplier call list generation, monitoring of the estimating assistant, quantity take-off, pricing, preparation of the bid, sub/supplier pricing analysis and entry, bid submission, tabulation of results, turnover to project management, and estimating database maintenance. The position requires the estimator to continuously estimate and bid projects and to maintain our competitive presence in the bid market. The job will also involve preparation of estimates for work under negotiations by the company and miscellaneous budgets based on various degrees of drawing progress


Pre-Bid Responsibilities

Review documents and attend pre-bid conference if one is scheduled
Visit project site and become familiar with on-site conditions
Determine what locations documents will be available to subs
Identify methods by which documents will be provided for subs
In the event that the bid goes in out of town, make arrangements with an out of town source to turn the bid in on our behalf
Review documents to determine what sub/supplier pricing is needed
Prepare a call list for assistant to contact subs/suppliers
Monitor sub/supplier responses and supplement call list as needed
Meet subs/suppliers on-site to review conditions if necessary
Establish keys to the job to discuss with estimating manager
Set up estimate master in Excel/ICE
Create bid summary items in Excel/ICE
Complete quantity take-off of all items in the project in Excel/ICE
Preliminary job schedule for the purpose of general conditions portion of the estimate
Estimation of general conditions for the project
Provide list of all items for assistant to price not covered in the sub/supplier call list
Review all unit pricing for labor, materials, subs, equipment, and indirect in estimate and adjust as necessary

Fill out estimating checks list to review with Estimating Manager at the estimate review meeting
Call key subs and suppliers personally to establish communication
Review specifications to ensure all items have been covered in the estimate
Review plans and highlight all items which are covered in the estimate
Add to the estimate any items which are not yet covered
Review Estimate to ensure all items are covered and all fields contain the correct values (taxes, insurance, bonds, etc.)
Reflect on the manner in which pricing may be received and prepare for possible gaps in the sub/supplier pricing which will allow for quick analysis
Schedule a time to review the estimate with estimating manager a minimum of 24 hours prior to the bid; all items above must be completed prior to review. A profit % starting point will be discussed at this time
Review the bid envelope, form, insurance and bonding requirements with the assistant to ensure the documents are in compliance with the bidding requirements
Review the bid envelope with the person who will be filling in the bid form and turning it in. Familiarize them with all fields to be filled in. Ensure that they know where and when the bid goes in, how to get there, and that they will be there one hour prior to the bid time. This review must be conducted 24 hours before the bid goes in.

Bid Day Responsibilities

Analysis of sub/supplier pricing and entry into the bid tabulation
Discussion with estimating manager regarding profit percentage applied to the estimate
Entry of the bid onto the bid form and bid submission at the specified place and time
Fill out a copy of the bid form when giving information to the deliverer of the bid (goes into the bid file)

Post-Bid Responsibilities

Tabulation of bid results to the estimating manager when received and a copy to the file
Identification of competitive subs/suppliers in the market and presentation to John for entry into sub data base
Analysis of bid results and pricing to determine:
1. Areas we were not competitive if we were not low

2. Ways to prevent recurrence of those shortcomings

3. Opportunities for buyout/savings if we were low

o Adjustment of estimate to reflect buyout

o Assignment of subcontractors and suppliers to their appropriate phases

o Merging of the project with accounting department

o Turnover of the project to project management

o Communications with project managers to determine accuracy of unit pricing

o All project emails (sent and received) will be placed in an outlook project file for removal to the operations file by the PMA on successful projects

o Keep all other project email files for the duration specified by the estimating manager

Estimating Database Responsibilities

Maintenance of material pricing
Maintenance of labor pricing
Maintenance of sub pricing
Maintenance of indirect cost pricing
Maintenance of phases
Adjustments and additions to the ED to improve estimating function, speed and accuracy


Bachelor s degree in a construction related discipline or experience

Minimum of 5 years of experience in commercial construction estimating


Strength in conceptual budgeting, negotiated GMPs, competitive hard bids on plans and specs

Proven subcontractor relationships


Advanced computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Spreadsheets

Proficiency in estimating software


Good Driving Record; successful annual MVR screening

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