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PreConstruction Estimator - Commercial GC (Nashville,TN)

Location: Mt. Juliet / Nashville, TN
Job Type: Direct Hire
Salary: $90,000.00 - $100,000.00
Degree: Bachelor;
Date: 4/20/2018
Job ID: 02556648
Job Description
Our company is seeking a Senior Preconstruction Estimator with at least 8 years of commercial construction estimating experience. The Preconstruction Estimator will work primarily on negotiated & hard-bid commercial projects within our core markets: commercial retail, light-industrial, restaurant, multifamily and corporate office. The senior estimator will work closely with architects, engineers, owners, and local supplier and subcontractors to execute the highest quality projects.

Our Company:

We know our people make the company run successfully, so we try to take care of our work family. Work-Life balance is just as important as professional growth and satisfaction with all levels of employees, regardless of position or responsibilities. 

Our company serves commercial and light industrial clients in a number of different industry segments with their most trusted development projects. We have over a decade of history in delivering excellence to our clients and community. Our company is roughly $20+M annually in volume and has a complement of 30+ employees based in the Middle Tn area.  

Top applicants will have the following skills:
  • Taking the project from first design and estimate all the way through subcontracts being awarded.
  • Preparing detailed conceptual cost estimates and conceptual cost studies from schematic or feasibility-level documentation experience.
  • Experience with the bidding process: soliciting bid invites, communicating with the bidders, evaluating subcontractor proposals, using bid tally sheets, etc.
  • Experience with estimating process on projects valued at $5-15MM or more.
  • Look beyond the information that has been given, to ask the right questions and work to provide a complete project cost evaluation.
  • Be aggressive in providing innovative solutions to complex issues as they arise related to cost, lead-times, trade partners, and/or specified products or materials.
  • Make reliable predictions as it relates to cost and be comfortable estimating across all scopes of work.
  • Comfortable with full-scope estimating responsibilities when necessary.
  • Be a collaborative advocate for our clients, empowering and informing them throughout the project as needed.
  • Prepare detailed estimates and, as the design evolves, develop variance summaries between estimates and value engineering studies throughout.
  • Assemble a complete presentation-worthy estimate package that clearly communicates project cost.
  • Collaborate with project management team to establish the necessary staffing and project cost requirements.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of unit costs and the factors that affect construction cost.
  • Ability to prepare detailed instructions to bidders, trade specific clarifications and comprehensive bid packages.
  • Make subcontractor award recommendations to customer/owner and the negotiation and finalization of subcontracts with trade partners.
  • Be prepared to participate and often lead the preparation and presentation of cost / budget information to the customer/owner.
  • Have experience being a member of the team involved in request for proposal responses (RFP’s) and the formal presentation for a project.
  • Ability to engage and develop business with new and existing customers.
  • Ability to lead the preparation and presentation of cost / budget information to the customer/owner.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate value engineering sessions with the project team and design team.
  • Is a key participant with leadership experience involved in request for proposal responses (RFP’s) and the formal presentation for a project.
  • Be familiar with reviewing construction contracts and can identify key insurance and damages clauses.
  • Lead, manage and motivate project team(s) during the preconstruction phase of a project.
We are looking for someone locally that is flexible, detail-oriented and a team player with the ability to manage multiple tasks, produce quality work, and consistently meet deadlines.

The successful candidate will possess:
  • Excellent listening skills and strong communication skills.
  • Local base of relationships for subcontractors, architects, suppliers and vendors.
  • Creative and innovative approaches and solutions on a project-by-project basis.
  • Proven ability for participation in team environment, with both external and internal groups.
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite, estimating software (Timberline or similar), take-off software (On-Screen Takeoff or similar).
  • 8+ years of experience as a commercial construction estimator preferably within our core markets (referenced above).
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.
  • A strong work ethic and a “can-do” attitude.
Benefits We Offer:
  • 401k + company match of 4%
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Bonus program
  • Paid Holidays and attractive vacation Paid-Time-Off
  • More discussed upon interview


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