Senior Estimator – Civil Engineering

Location: West Sussex

Salary: £35k to £55k, subject to experience + Car or Car Allowance.

Reports to: Estimating Manager

Role / Job Purpose: The role of the Estimator is to ensure highly competitive, carefully resourced, analysed tender costs and preparing quality submissions to clients. To work within Frameworks evaluating negotiated contracts. To be aware of company targets for new orders and aim to better them with profitable successful bids. Assist with budget prices for clients at early stages if time/capacity permits.

Qualifications / Experience:

  • HNC in Civil Engineering or NVQ Level 6 in Construction
  • Association of Cost Engineers professional membership (desirable)
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience of estimating within a civil engineering company
  • Minimum of 5 years site experience

Our client provides a comprehensive range of services from conception through construction to project delivery. Throughout the entire process they add value through their industry experience and expertise.

They pride themselves on their ability to tackle potentially challenging projects which others might find daunting and have built a solid client base through team work and a strong emphasis on complete client satisfaction.



  • Work to and within the company procedures, policies and regularly communicate with your line manager.
  • Ensuring that tenders are submitted on time and are complete.
  • Assessing tenders upon receipt and allocating them within estimating staff.
  • Studying tender documentation and information provided.
  • Identifying Client requirements and developing the best offer to meet them.
  • Identifying temporary works and design requirements.
  • Identify and evaluate risks to be taken by the company that are subject to the tender review process.

Stakeholders and Communication

  • Liaison with the client and client designer when required.
  • Site visits and discussions with key subcontractors.
  • Identify risks or ambiguities and discuss as appropriate with Client/Engineer to start developing a closer working relationship and ‘level the playing field’.
  • Liaising with other staff for support (Buying, Design, Contracts, QS, Senior Management).
  • Liaising with Commercial and Procurement Departments during live contracts.
  • Working with the selected designer on D & B contracts.
  • Establish and actively promote working relationships between all departments, through effective communication and ensuring Company procedures are followed.
  • As required, attend training sessions, trade conferences and meetings in line with our commitment to Investors in People

Team Work

  • Treat all who you interact with equally, with courtesy and respect.
  • Willingness to work with others to achieve a common goal.
  • Flexibility and willingness to undertake duties other than those outlined in this job description or to undertake work in other departments/sites to meet customer demands.


  • Submitting high quality tenders to meet deadlines
  • Taking off quantities.
  • Evaluating the programme requirements, developing methods of construction and suitable techniques to enable efficient cost-effective resource levels to win bids.
  • Calculate the net costs of a tender from first principle.
  • Handing over successful tenders to Contracts Department upon award.


  • Be a role model for other staff.
  • Lead tender teams, coordinating all aspects of the submission
  • Provide support and development to other members of the Estimating team.
  • Promote a culture of integration, continuous improvement and use of best practice.
  • Assist with the day to day running of the Estimating department and deputising for the Estimating Manager during their absence.


Key Result Areas

  • Time/efficiency – Plan and deliver results to the agreed programme and timescales.
  • Client relationship – Be an ambassador for the company and maintaining satisfied clients.
  • Quality – Promote a ‘right 1st time’ approach to the delivery of agreed specifications and standards.
  • Team Work – Willingness to work with others to achieve a common goal.
  • Leadership – Be positive and lead by example. Embrace company objectives and deliver department goals.

Person Specification


  • HNC in Civil Engineering or NVQ Level 6 in Construction
  • Association of Cost Engineers professional membership (desirable)


  • Leadership
  • Driving license (desirable)

Skills and knowledge

  • Impeccable communication skills as this role will involve extensive communication with colleagues and stakeholders in the tender production
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of tendering and procurement processes
  • Work well under pressure and work flexibly to meet deadlines
  • Ability to balance workload, prioritise and organise work
  • Knowledge of compliance with health, safety and environmental legislation
  • Effective influencing and communication skills
  • A logical, organised and understanding individual who can deal with responsibility and make effective decisions
  • Able to work at high concentration levels, under pressure and maintain quality standards
  • Networking and building positive relationships



  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience of estimating within a civil engineering company
  • Minimum of 5 years site experience

Personal qualities

  • Resilient and coping with the pressure of demanding targets and tight deadlines
  • Maturity of judgement
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and results focused
  • Integrity
  • Sound decision maker
  • Ability to use initiative and make recommendations for change
  • Diligent
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Motivated to drive self-development using all available resources to achieve success

Technology skills

  • IT Microsoft Office skills (including Word, Project, Excel and PowerPoint) and demonstrate ability to adapt these programs to suit any estimate required
  • Business Collaborator (desirable)



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