Senior Estimator


The Senior Estimator derives his authority from and is responsible to the Vice President of Operations. He is responsible for all engineering, design, and estimating services including procedures, preparation, submissions, and tendering systems, as well as the supervision and management of engineering and estimating personnel. Key operational parameters include growth, efficiency, and profitability.


• Effectiveness in communication – written and verbal
• Interpersonal skills
• Ability to work as part of a team, yet takes charge and exhibits leadership where necessary.
• Demonstrated technical ability and application of appropriate processes and procedures.
• Development and professional growth of self and subordinate staff.
• Stability under pressure, crisis situations, deadlines.
• Effectiveness in provision of customer service – internal and external.
• Organization, prioritization, time management, scheduling, delegation skills
• Attitude, initiative, level of effort, commitment.


This job specification should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards for the position. Incumbents may be required to perform any other related duties as may be requested by their supervisor/manager.

To effectively complete the responsibilities of this position, the candidate must be able to complete the following:

• Assist in the networking and marketing of the corporation to owners, consultants, and other clients. Assist in planning for the corporation by pursuing all project leads and market opportunities.
• Assist in establishing / review of all CANA Utilities standard procedures and contract forms with owners, consultants, and subcontractors.
• Provide recommendations on project methods, materials, and systems.
• Negotiate short and long term pricing agreements with suppliers and subcontractors. Oversee relationships with suppliers and subcontractors and resolve any issues.
• Responsible for all estimating services, tender submissions, and proposals including preparation and assembly of all requited information and documentation. Draw on other resources as required and as appropriate.
• Provide timely, complete and accurate information to senior management as necessary for ongoing operations and reporting purposes.
• Review, analyze and check for completeness of bid documents. Query consultants as required to clear up and ambiguities/errors/omissions in tender documents prior to tender closing.
• Attend pre-tender meetings and site visits required and report to office.
• Prepare tender results and post tender analyses as appropriate and as required.
• Quantity take-offs.
• Provide timely, complete and accurate information to senior management as necessary for ongoing operations and reporting purposes.
• Ensure execution and distribution of the Preliminary descriptive Summary.
• Responsible for the generation of all estimates including subcontractor pricing, overheads, direct work, productivities, and labor and materials pricing. Execute bid forms including the submission of all security, bonding, and insurance requirements.
• Summarize quantities, prepare spreadsheets for alternate and separate prices as required for tenders.
• Review assembled bid and provide risk analysis and cost and schedule impacts of the various alternative construction methods and materials with senior management.
• Supervise and manage estimating and project management personnel and assist in determining staff requirements, evaluations, and recruiting.
• Help ensure that all project set up requirements, contractual issues, and subcontracts are in place prior to work starting in site.
• Foster team spirit and camaraderie among all staff to achieve efficient and productive performance.
• Represent the corporation in various industry and professional groups and associations as appropriate and with the concurrence of senior management.


• 5-10 years of experience in electric utility construction – distribution and transmission lines, substations, underground installations.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Computer proficiency – Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook. AutoCad, estimating and other specialty software as required.



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