​What is a Chief Estimator?

A Chief Estimator is the most senior member of the estimating team, with overall responsibility for the creation of budgets and estimates produced for projects. The Chief Estimator is responsible for the oversight of the estimating process for all project bids and awarded, and will establish standardized procedures, methods and processes for estimating and training estimating resources in the use of the same.

What are the typical duties and activities for a Chief Estimator?

From employer to employer the job description of a Chief Estimator will vary, however typical duties and activities undertaken include:

  • Assigns responsibilities for the estimating team

  • Review project plans and specifications and coordinate with the estimating team

  • Identify risk issues

  • Research subcontractor and supplier information and costs

  • Prepare instructions to bidders, bid form and other bid solicitation information

  • Manage the quantity survey and pricing for internal budgets

  • Prepare conceptual budgets based on information available

Skills required to be a successful Chief Estimator

To be successful as a Chief Estimator, the below skills are important;

  • Collaboration

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Time management

  • Leadership

  • Organization

  • Problem solving

  • Critical thinking

How can we help with your Chief Estimator job search?

For over 15 years we have specialised in securing contract and permanent opportunities for Chief Estimators across the Construction, Civils, Rail, Power and Telecoms sectors.

Working globally with the largest contractors, consultancies, along with many infrastructure owners and operators, we are ideally positioned to work with talented Chief Estimators and secure the market's leading Chief Estimator opportunities.

With a reputation for being experts in the sectors that we operate, we are also renowned for consistently delivering the right opportunities to our candidates, working proactively in order to give our candidates the edge in a competitive marketplace.

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​Derby is a city situated in the county of Derbyshire. Derby was granted city status in 1977 and as of the 2011 census had an estimated population of 248,700. Derby has seen numerous large scale construction projects over the past couple of years and has multiple large constructions projects in the pipeline, such as:

Infinity Park - Manufacturing Research Centre

Costing in the region of £15million this project will see a world-beating advanced manufacturing research centre built in Derby, which will help companies develop new techniques and processes to win work within the nuclear sector.

Future High Streets Fund

This regeneration scheme will see improvements to Derby city centre, including refurbishment of the Market Hall and better and more visual use of signage, ornamentation and street furniture, which will help offer visitors a better experience. The scheme is estimated to cost £15million.

Improving travel and connectivity in and outside of Derby

This £161 project, which will be divided between Derby and Nottingham will see an improvement to travel in and out of Derby and the creation of hundreds of additional jobs.

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