Chief Estimator - 1981041


The Chief Estimator is responsible for managing the Estimating group and estimating with detailed pricing for development of bid quotations and bid package. The Chief Estimator should have relevant experience in preparing cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Provide day to day direction of the Estimating group including building the team, recruitment and selection, and development of skills and abilities.
  • Collect historical cost data to estimate costs for current or future products.
  • Consult with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments, or construction foremen to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work.
  • Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
  • Confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors, and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.
  • Review contract and bid documents; review and understand scope for project turnover
  • Attend walk-throughs, pre-bid and scope clarification meetings
  • Prepare scope letters and proposals
  • Develop & maintain relationships with customers, General Contractors, vendors and subcontractors
  • Perform design/build, conceptual and budget estimates
  • Coordinate the efforts of junior and staff-level resources in performing take-offs, issuing bills of material to vendors and obtaining subcontractor quotes
  • Escalate critical and/or sensitive issues to the Preconstruction Manager with recommendation for resolution.
  • Perform additional assignments as required by the needs of the company or as directed by executives.
  • Develop budget estimates by performing accurate quantity take offs using plans and specifications, or conceptual information.
  • Examine the plans and specifications to become familiar with the job and determine the presence of any special features and/or unique requirements.
  • Review job sites or plans, measure take-offs to establish quantities of materials needed.
  • Complete bids in a timely fashion and in sufficient quantity to attain profitability.
  • Review bid packages from estimators for final review before submitting to general contractor/client.
  • Review estimates from subordinates, make corrections, suggestions or approve as necessary.
  • Provide copies of plans, take-offs, and all pertinent estimating data, ensuring that drawings, specifications, labor hours/days and special requirements are clear and unambiguous.
  • Formulate site requirements and exclusions for bids in conjunction with manager and include in proposals as needed.
  • Evaluate project scope changes and review and price field change orders as needed in conjunction as requested by manager.
  • Determine pricing from the original time schedule to include overtime, delaying the original completion date, number of move-ins, weekend work, etc.
  • Review, interpret and accurately estimate the scope of work as described in the project documents.
  • Develop RFQ/RFP documents for the solicitation of subcontractor proposal and vendor bids or quotations.
  • Provide value engineering ideas and cost delta.
  • Lead page turn exercises during internal kick off meetings.
  • Prepare general conditions and terms for proposals.
  • Ensure flow of project information is maintained and documented.
  • Work and collaborate with Team Members throughout the company for specific project sector needs.
  • Maintain and update estimating database as needed to stay relevant to today’s electrical work.


To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • 5+ years related experience in the construction industry.
  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Bachelor of Science in and Master of Science in engineering or construction related field desirable.
  • Knowledge of the construction industry and contract documentation.
  • Experience managing employees
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and city regulations and guidelines.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of estimating experience.
  • Design-Build experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of NEC, Title 24, CBC and local codes required
  • Knowledge of the construction industry and contract documentation
  • Proficiency in Accubid, MS Word and Excel

Computer Skills

  • Must demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, (i.e. Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Familiarity with Accubid, and other electrical, technical, or construction programs.
  • Familiarity with project management/document control software.
  • Familiarity with construction/financial software packages.

Required Attributes

The requirements listed below are representative of characteristics and demonstrated capabilities sought to perform this job successfully.

  • Must demonstrate integrity, honesty, professionalism and commitment to company values.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must have excellent organizational, communication, strategic, technical, analytical, problem solving, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Must have high standards of quality with attention to detail.
  • Must possess ability to manage and supervise personnel.
  • Must build positive working relationships with multiple levels of employees, management, suppliers, and customers.
  • Possess a good level of expertise in all phases of electrical and low voltage work.

Language Skills

Must have the demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in English, cooperate, and collaborate with multiple levels of customers, employees, unions, government agencies, vendors and suppliers, and other contractor organizations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The physical demands of this position are those associated with working in a typical office environment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, see, talk, and hear. This role requires communicating verbally and in writing one on one, in small groups, as well as presenting to larger groups of employees. This role requires the ability to work at a computer (reading and keying) for extended periods of time. The employee must move within the office to retrieve files and meet with employees in their offices or conference room. The employee is regularly required to walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be occasionally required to travel by car (as a passenger or driver) to Job Sites, or to attend Commercial events/training, and must have the ability to navigate around job sites.

Full benefit package including:

  • Medical, dental, vision, and prescription
  • 401k with company match
  • Paid holidays
  • Educational assistance
  • Salary based on experience and qualifications.
  • Salary Range from $125,000 – $160,000

We offer our employees a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package and are always looking for individuals with the talent and skills required to contribute to our continued growth and success. Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

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Martinez, CA
Job Type:
Full Time
Date Posted