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Chief Estimator at Midnight Sun Technologies in Vienna, Virginia

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Chief Estimator is the primary member of the estimating team who has overall responsibility for the creation of budgets and estimates produced by the business unit. The Chief Estimator is responsible for the oversight of the estimating process for all projects bid and awarded in the CONUS, and will establish standardized procedures, methods and processes for estimating and training estimating resources in the use of the same. The Chief Estimator will oversee analysis of past performance on projects and establish estimating standards for all future estimates based on such analysis, and assist in oversight of the historical cost database and bid management and estimating software. The Chief Estimator has final word on procedures, processes, techniques and personnel decisions for assigned estimating projects. The Chief Estimator works with the Vice President of Construction and other senior staff to oversee department standards for deliverables such as bid packages, deliverable formats and budget tracking tools. Manages and coordinates the people, software and other resources used to perform the estimating functions. Projects range from fully defined competitive bid to conceptual design-bid-build projects and task orders. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Assigns responsibilities for pursuit team on each project
  • Reviews project plans and specifications and coordinates with the team to confirm complete scope
  • Identify risk issues and their order of magnitude
  • Solicit subcontractor and/or supplier information & pricing
  • Assist in Good Faith Efforts as required
  • Prepares instructions to bidders, bid form and other bid solicitation information for sub trades and suppliers as required
  • Performs/manages the quantity survey and pricing effort for internal budgets
  • Prepares conceptual budgets based on minimal information
  • Reviews general conditions, schedule, scopes of work, hoisting plans, site logistics and other exhibits as prepared by Operations
  • Ensures the flow of project information is maintained and documented throughout the bid process
  • Reviews and/or manages the review and scoping of specialty contractor bids
  • Communicates bond and insurance requirements with VP/Construction
  • Coordinates technical proposal requirements with Sales/Marketing staff
  • Reviews constructability issues with operational staff
  • Maintains and communicates data on construction and material cost trends affecting project costs
  • Analyze alternate means and methods to determine the most economical alternative approach, i.e., value-engineering
  • Builds effective relationships with customers, design team, specialty contractors, suppliers, and user groups that reflect and support company core values and meets or exceeds the customer's expectations
  • Actively participates in events to enhance company image
  • Assist project personnel on successful proposals as follows:

    • Participate in the transfer of information on successful projects including the Job Kick-off Meeting
    • Assist in the preparation and review of work plans as requested
    • Participate in periodic reviews and visits to projects as appropriate
    • Pricing of change impacts as required


  • Be proficient in all computer software programs used in estimating with particular emphasis on HCSS estimating software
  • Possess strong mathematical and computer skills. Proficiency with all MS Office products (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Expertise in one or more areas of heavy commercial and horizontal civil construction
  • Ability to breakdown construction operations into a logical sequence of activities
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to professionally communicate the basis for individual work product when in a highly stressed environment
  • Ability and willingness to abide by corporate policies on a daily basis
  • Must be able to meet deadlines and put in the time needed to get the job done
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Must be willing to travel as needed with minimal overnight requirements
  • Candidates must possess a strong and honorable work ethic
  • Must possess strong organizational, interpersonal skills
  • Good attention to detail with the ability to recognize discrepancies and deficiencies

  • Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering, construction management, construction administration, or equivalent related and relevant work experience
  • Minimum of 15 years estimating heavy commercial and horizontal civil projects
  • Minimum of 5 years estimating experience as Senior Estimator of Chief Estimator
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Disclaimer: This is not to be an exclusive list of all responsibilities', duties, and skills required of the person in this job. KIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. KIC considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, family responsibility, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran's status or any other legal protected status. Pursuant to The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1601 et seq., and federal contractual requirements, Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corporation, may legally grant certain preference in employment opportunities to KIC Shareholders and their Descendants. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here. Successful candidate must pass, comply and adhere to KIC's Drug and Alcohol policy/testing requirements and pass a thorough background check including fingerprinting.