Estimator - Buildings

Graham Construction - Winnipeg, MB (4 months ago)

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Career Opportunity – Estimator – Buildings, Winnipeg

Graham is a growing, dynamic and innovative construction solutions provider with history of success dating back to 1926. As an employee-owned company, you'll be able to capitalize on our collective success by becoming an owner yourself. You'll also be able to take advantage of professional development, learning and growth opportunities, while working on exciting, leading-edge projects.

We rank among Canada's largest construction companies, are a Platinum Member of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies and are seeking top tier talent to further strengthen our capabilities. We provide a collaborative and caring culture and the necessary tools and support for you to succeed, both personally and professionally. If you're eager to work on innovative projects, be part of a great team and become an employee-owner, Graham is the place for you.

As a member of our Buildings group, you will provide insight and innovative construction solutions to ensure the successful execution of various commercial projects, such as: education facilities; hospitals and healthcare centres; office buildings; warehouse and distribution centres; retail outlets and complexes; recreational facilities; hotels and casinos; parkades; and mixed- use facilities. You will also further hone your skills operating under various delivery methods including Bid-Build, Design-Build, P3 (Public-Private Partnership), Construction Management and IPD (Integrated Project Delivery).

About The Role

Reporting to the Chief Estimator or Estimate Manager, the Estimator 2 assists, supports, or leads the estimating team on higher complexity project pursuits, and may also be solely responsible for estimating of Level 2 (<$25M) projects with oversight from a Senior Estimator. The incumbent is accountable for determining project scopes, providing accurate quantifying / costing, managing deadlines, and mentoring the more junior team members, and possesses the ability to interpret all tender documents, work collaboratively, and communicate clearly with the Graham team and with trade partners. The incumbent has basic knowledge of market conditions and historical data required to actively participate in developing strategies to secure work and compile conceptual estimates

As an Estimator at Graham you will:
Determine the project scope of work.
Set-up and complete estimates in company standard estimating program.
Prepare preliminary construction schedules based on self-perform productivities and subcontractor input to determine project duration and resulting overhead costs.
Complete estimate quantification and costing of general condition requirements, labour, and equipment, including productivities, material, and subtrade plugs.
Identify and develop constructability requirements for project construction.
Analyze design criteria and recommend best options based on cost, engineering quality, and availability of materials.
Identify and propose project risk and cost mitigation as well as the potential for project opportunities and cost savings.
Analyze and propose potential strategies, advantages, or innovations for the project that could provide Graham with a more competitive bid.
Draft application of labour and equipment productivities to estimates based on historically accurate values.
Analyze subcontractor bids for irregularities and ensure the full scope of work is included.
Participate in or lead the bid close with the oversight of a more senior estimator.
Assemble conceptual and budget costs using past project analytics, benchmarking, and historical data.
Develop scopes of work for subcontractors to provide budgeting assistance on smaller, less complex projects (or as a team member under a more senior lead).
Prepare an estimate schedule of all activities required to complete a fully quantified and costed estimate (or delegated scope) based on a full review of the Estimate Checklist (includes milestone dates and high;lighting any required support resources).
Lead a small team of support estimators and operational staff, assisting with planning their time, oversee delegation and quality of work
Provide accurate assessments of risk and scope for completed estimates.
Generate, cost, and review risk mitigation plan, ensuring proper bonding and insurance costing and appropriate contingencies
Select and invite to tender trade partners that are assessed to be financially viable with adequate manpower and appropriate level of expertise to complete the work.
Build and maintain relationships with clients, consultants, subcontractors, suppliers, and internal stakeholders that reflect and support Graham core values.
Demonstrate HSE and Quality behaviours that reflect corporate expectations of Actively Caring and Road to Zero.
Identify project-specific HSEQ risks and propose mitigation plans for these items in the estimate.

To be Successful at Graham, you will have the following qualifications and experience:

High school graduate and completion of a diploma training program at a college or technical school.
Ability to understand, utilize, and communicate specialized information in speech and written text.
5-7 years of construction-related experience, including a combination of field and estimating experience, is an asset
Canadian estimating experience is preferred
Ability to estimate infrastructure, building and industrial projects is an asset
Proficiency in the use of Graham software suite, MS Excel, scheduling software (Primavera preferred), quantification software (such as OnScreen Takeoff, Bluebeam, Agtek), and BIM modelling is an asset.
Clear and professional written and verbal communication skills with above average organizational and time management abilities.
Intermediate degree of aptitude in comprehending tender documents, specifications, and drawings, with an understanding of contractual requirements.
Detailed understanding of all construction scopes of work.

Compensation and Benefits:
Competitive salary with annual bonus potential
Comprehensive benefits package including dental, optical and medical and company matched pension plan.
Ownership and long term equity opportunities

What we can offer you:
Strong commitment to safety in the workplace
Grounded and family-oriented workplace in a progressive environment that is at the forefront of a fast evolving business sector
Commitment to the training and wealth of opportunities for career development across job categories, project types and locations around North America

Graham is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and employment selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Graham does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by country, regional or local law.

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Graham Management Services LP
126 Commerce Drive
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0Z6
Fax: 403.570.5190

Job Code: BH-19-089