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Estimator job description

An Estimator is a professional who helps determine the cost of construction projects. They work closely with contractors and team members to evaluate relative risks or potential delays, determining whether they can complete their project within the time frame desired by client corporation leaders, usually without going over budget.

Estimator responsibilities include:

  • Understanding the project/program and its requirements
  • Determining key variables for cost and other estimates
  • Gathering first-hand information from sites, warehouses or other venues

estimator job description

Job brief

We are looking for a diligent Estimator to prepare accurate estimates for projects by gathering information and analyzing important metrics. Your will provide knowledge of cost and benefits that support profitable business decisions.

The ideal candidate will have excellent numerical skills and an analytical mindset. You must also be thorough and apt in managing relationships with key persons.

The goal is to provide detailed reports so the company can make informed decisions that will enhance its profitability and growth.


  • Understand the project/program and its requirements
  • Determine key variables for cost and other estimates
  • Gather first-hand information from sites, warehouses or other venues
  • Conduct research to obtain data on labor costs, materials, production times etc.
  • Use software for data analysis, forecasting and budgeting
  • Obtain and review offers and quotes by subcontractors or vendors
  • Perform risk analysis
  • Create and submit estimate reports or bids to appropriate persons (project managers, clients, bidding competitions etc.)
  • Build relationships with key vendors (subcontractors, suppliers, engineers etc.)
  • Provide consultation on planning (schedules, manpower needs etc.)

Requirements and skills

  • Proven experience as estimator or similar position
  • Familiarity with financial and project management principles
  • In depth knowledge of research and data analysis methods and estimation formulas
  • Exquisite math and IT ability with an analytical mindset
  • Proficient in relevant software (Timberline, HCSS HeavyBid)
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation abilities
  • Thoroughness and reliability
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • BSc/BA in engineering, construction science or relevant discipline
  • Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) will be an asset

Frequently asked questions

What does an Estimator do?

The Estimator is responsible for deciding how long it will take to complete a project and other factors like labor needs, materials, and budget risks. They communicate with personnel or contractors using computer software that weighs production possibilities while also compiling reports which are then made into presentations outlining their suggestions on upcoming projects. The role involves making educated guesses about what might happen during the course of work-related tasks.

What are the duties and responsibilities of an Estimator?

The Estimator is responsible for analyzing requirement documents, blueprints, and project plans to gain a thorough understanding of what they're working on. They determine which factors will influence the cost of service or product, and based on that knowledge, they calculate an estimated cost breakdown with all necessary information needed by decision-makers at every stage until completion.

What makes a good Estimator?

A successful Estimator’s skills include proficiency in mathematics, statistics, and data analysis. They also have excellent analytical abilities to weigh multiple perspectives on projects. They are able negotiators who can balance project needs with their client’s budget priorities.

Who does an Estimator work with?

Estimators are an integral part of any company's financial team, working closely with other professionals, including consultants and contractors. They report to the Construction Manager, who is responsible for overseeing and directing construction projects from conception to completion.

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