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What is a Construction Chief Estimator, Heavy Civil job descripton?

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Interprets project drawings and specifications
Assess contract documents and prepare detailed cost estimates of the construction requirements.
Collect pricing from subcontractors and suppliers.
Establish major Purchase Orders and subcontracts for new projects.
Establish the Project budgets to be used in the costing system.
Work with the construction team in the preparation of change orders and the assessment of claims
Responsible for accurate take-off of quantities from project drawings
Responsible for the preparation and documentation of project estimates using EBC or other estimating packages
Incorporates addendums to plans and specifications into on-going estimates
Analyzes sub-trade quotations, liaises with subcontractors for clarification of issues
Determines labour rates and equipment costs
Prepares the original schedule on which the bid estimate is assembled
Monitors trade publications for project leads
Prepares bid bond applications
Reviews job cost reports to determine where estimating can be improved
Identifies risk areas and brings them to the attention of Risk Management
Costs out potential scope of work changes
Reviews and ensures that sub-contracts and POs meet agreed upon prices and conditions
Costs out potential additional costs claim situations
Prepares bid presentation for senior management
Carries out special projects as requested

Knowledge and Skills

Minimum of 15 years heavy civil construction experience in a construction and/or estimating role.
Engineering or business degree (or equivalent combinations of training).
Professional Engineer designation (P.Eng ) preferred.
Strong verbal and written skills are essential.
Strong relationship skills to be maintained with both internal and external customers including customers, suppliers, financial partners, operations team and corporate executives.

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