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What is a senior project estimator job description?

Prepares and reviews Request for Equitable Adjustment cost estimates.
Properly applies payroll adds, commercial terms and conditions, and creates cost
models for fee calculations. Prepares and reviews capital cost estimates.
Develops productivity analysis of construction operations and verifies results by
manpower and crew analysis of work operations by craft.
Establishes productivity basis to be utilized in estimates. Works with other
disciplines and functions to collect all necessary data on scope and quantities to
prepare an accurate estimate in specialty discipline areas.
Performs analysis on functional input. maintains Bechtel Estimating tool kit
(BETK) with monthly trend and baseline changes.
Participates in establishing pricing structures to be applied to quantities for
Ensures that estimate is in line with market trends and pricing.
Manages variations and changes to base estimate and ensures that implications of
changes are evaluated before finalizing the solution. Influences aspects of the
specification in the interests of cost rationalization.
Takes ownership of sections of the estimating database(s) summarizing, updating
and maintaining databases for discipline estimates and historical cost data.
Supports development of estimating standards and procedures.
Generates and retrieves reports in the appropriate software application,
understands and summarizes the data in the required presentation for
Prepares cost studies utilizing historical data, statistical analysis and cost and
quantity comparisons. Innovates new techniques as required to meet specific
needs. Assists projects in identifying scope deviations.
Analyzes cost/price data from suppliers/subcontractors, PCWorks, EPPR with the
ability to generate comparative data (historical costs and other metrics) as part of
the cost/price analysis.
Participates in and contributes to Value Engineering studies.

Demonstrated advanced understanding of Estimating core processes and
procedures. Extensive knowledge and experience in EPC estimating practices and
methods, including demonstrated ability to organize, perform, and present cost
estimating products with a minimum of supervision.
Skilled in the preparation of discipline estimates in specialized area.
In-depth knowledge of project schedules and ability to predict/extrapolate costs
curves based on experience of scheduled-activities/cost correlation analysis.
Knowledge of manual labor performance, equipment production and derivation of
composite craft/category labor rates. Understanding of charging practices and the
relationship of charging practices to commercial terms, invoicing and
Knowledge of current industry and technical developments. Knowledge of global
market pricing for commodities and construction practices.
Ability to negotiate successfully with procurement and vendors and accurately
evaluate alternative solutions.
Technical and practical comprehension of engineering, procurement and
construction methods and techniques. In-depth knowledge of the applicable
Bechtel work processes and systems.
Knowledge of administrative and supervisory procedures and practices.

Bachelors degree in Construction, Engineering, Project Management, or Science
related field and 8 years of experience or in lieu of degree, 16 years of equivalent
combination of training and directly related estimating experience for grade 25.
Candidate must have the right to remain and work in the US without sponsorship.
Additional Information

Minimum Qualifications
Candidate should possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with an
ability to work closely with peers, external customers, and managers of line
management support organizations and their respective work package managers.
Possess both oral and written communication skills. Substantial experience in the
use of computer software products (including Microsoft Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, and Access) and be experienced in the development and use of
estimating tools, processes, and techniques.
Related work experience should include, but is not limited to the hands-on
development and use of work planning techniques, scheduling tools, cost
estimating methods.
Strong analytical, data checking skills are also required.
Proficiency at an intermediate level is essential in the following estimating areas:
services cost, conceptual &, capital cost, lump-sum & design/build, commercial
analysis, risk analysis, estimate consolidation, review, software applications,
estimate planning, database development, escalation assessment, contingency
analysis, conversion of estimate to budgets, and general project control methods
and processes.
Must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen and background check.

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