Chief estimator positions are classified as construction management jobs. Individuals in this position are responsible for managing and directing the organization's estimating functions. The chief estimator also directs all activities within the estimating department, including budgeting, staff scheduling and development, training, performance evaluations, and departmental goals. Additionally, they are responsible for the creation and implementation of department standard operating procedures and performance metrics. The chief estimator creates the bid schedule each week and delegates estimation jobs to other employees in the estimating department.
The day-to-day responsibilities of the chief estimator include creation and review of requests for estimate evaluations, preparation of the weekly bid schedule, maintenance of bid estimates to ensure they are completed, review of all completed estimates prior to submission, cost analysis, and the creation and communication of departmental reports. Additionally, the chief estimator manages the schedules of the estimating team. Individuals in this position typically work full time in a business setting, although some overtime may be required depending on project and departmental workload.
Chief estimator jobs usually require a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, construction management or a related field, as well as five to seven years of relevant experience. Experience in management or supervisory positions is strongly preferred. Chief estimators must be familiar with government policies and regulations related to the industry. Excellent written and oral communication skills and attention to detail are a must. Good organizational and multitasking skills are required, and chief estimators should be familiar with basic office software.
Chief Estimator Tasks
Obtain and track subcontract bids and negotiate budgets.
Prepare and present estimate documentation, including gaps in available data.
Read and interpret plans, proposals and other documentation to create bids.
Track and analyze data to reduce gaps between estimates and actual costs.