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TJP Job ID 2457


Chief Estimator Commercial and Architectural Millwork Manufacturing
Work for one of the leading manufacturers in the business. This very well established company doing 18-30 million annually is looking to hire a chief estimator due to retirement.

This is a critical position requiring someone who can team with upper management, customer and project managers. This proactive person is responsible for evaluating bid opportunities, reviewing bid specifications and drawings, ensuring that we know everything required to successfully bid and win projects.
The person must aggressively follow-up with contractors from bid requests to final award, and he/she will work with the project management team to follow-up on bid accuracy from hand-off through project completion. Chief estimator must train and supervise apprentice estimators, ensure consistent processes and procedures are adhered to.

Key Objectives
Opportunity Assessment and Bid Management
-respond to all requests, inquiries and correspondence.
-determine bid due date, award date, completion date, competition and decision maker prior to pricing.
-Enter all information into pre-bid assessment software.
-Solicits information and maintains contact with customers.
-Ask questions regarding grade expectations and verify schedule fit and feasibility for company.
-attend pre-bid meeting.

Project Knowledge
-Analyze drawings and bid documents to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
-Review bid requirements thoroughly and ask follow-up questions on every bid.
-Develop RFI's and clarifications
-Collaborate with production, pm's, architects and General contractors to understand scope, resolve issues and identify value engineering opportunities.

Prepare and Submit Bids
-Download drawings, set up files, perform take-off and price.
-Source, obtain and organize prices for special materials.
-Document discrepancies within drawings and list all assumptions.
-Generate bid packages (including letter, scope, pricing, assumptions and requirements) and fill out bid qualifications and forms.
-Always review bid package with bid review team prior to submittal.
-Submit all bids and budgets by deadlines.

Follow up and closing
-Know key players including: architects, construction managers, property managers, developers
-Proactively follow up with general contractors to clarify scope differences, answer questions and get feedback.
-Obtain bid tally on all jobs bid.

Project Handoff
-Properly turn over bid documents and sub buyout information to project managers in a timely manner.
-review drawings with project managers and highlight concerns.
-Review project costs with project managers and highlight and subs/material vendors that still need to be awarded.
-complete project kick-off form to ensure compliance.

Manage and be accountable for team
-manage estimators to ensure all critical opportunities are bid.
-Mentor apprentice estimators
-develop and expand estimating standards
-review historical pricing and keep estimates library and standards up-to-date through historical data and research.
-Prepare and maintain a directory of suppliers, contractors and subs.
-Research and maintain technological excellence in estimating and initiate suggestions for estimating process improvements.
-participate in company-wide events, meeting and social, etc.
-Complete all activities with a pride of ownership.
-Do whatever it takes to ensure bids and proposals have the greatest chance of winning.
5+ years of experience estimating, preferably casework, millwork, metal, glass, stone and non-traditional materials.
-Advance computer skill. AutoCAD, Excel, Word, Outlook. Must learn on screen Takeoff (OST). Microvellum and or BIM knowledge is a plus.
-Candidate able to set up estimating standards, procedures and train other.
-Demonstrate ability to manage multiple projects while meeting deliverable deadlines and budgets.
-Minimal travel required.
-Work schedule: standard business hours, occasional Saturdays.
-Bachelors in construction management, accounting, business or mathematics strongly preferred.
-Expert ability to read and interpret architectural drawings and blueprints.
-Expert mathematics comprehension.
-Attention to detail and persistence in follow up.
-Able to work under tight time restraints and deadlines.
-Excellent communication skill.
-Superior organizational skill and time management.
$90k - $110k + annual salary commensurate
Exceptional benefits package.

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Ryan Fullerton

Craig Mengel

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