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Construction Distributables Estimator, NS&E

Requisition ID:  243759

Requisition Posting End Date: 

Bechtel is one of the most respected engineering, project management and construction companies in the world. In our Nuclear, Security and Environmental (NS&E) global business unit, the demand for our expertise is growing as we deliver the entire project life cycle from research and development through engineering, procurement, construction and operation to decontamination and decommissioning. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that make the world cleaner and safer.


Position Summary:

Prepares construction distributables estimates for specific project proposal activities.  Provides estimating assistance and guidance to projects, develops conceptual estimates and performs cost analysis. Responsible for assisting in developing and updating historical databases.  


This position will be assigned to an NS&E office and be designated as part-time telework. 



The following duties are performed with respect to Estimate Execution, the process of conducting an evaluation of services and/or capital cost elements of a project or effort as defined by an agreed-upon scope that will be used to make key management decisions:

  • Prepares construction distributables cost estimates.  Develops productivity analysis of construction operations and verifies results by manpower and crew analysis of work operations by craft disciplines.  
  • Works with disciplines and functions to collect all necessary data on scope and quantities to prepare an accurate estimate in specialty discipline areas. Performs analysis on functional input. 
  • Participates in establishing pricing structures to be applied to quantities for estimates.  Ensures that distributables estimate is in line with market trends and pricing.
  • Manages variations and changes to base estimate and ensures that implications of changes are evaluated before finalizing the solution.
  • Influence’s aspects of the specification in the interests of cost rationalization.


The following duties are performed with respect to Foundation Development, the process of establishing and maintaining technical capabilities for personnel, cost databases and tools:

  • Takes ownership of sections of the distributables estimating database(s) summarizing, updating and maintaining databases for construction estimates and historical cost data. 
  • Supports the development of distributables estimating standards and procedures.
  • Generates and retrieves reports in the appropriate software application, understands and summarizes the data in the required presentation for management reviews. 


The following duties are performed with respect to Project/Site Management Support, the process of providing support services to projects/sites in the form of external cost analysis and estimate reviews in addition to estimate-to-budget conversions:

  • Prepares construction distributables cost studies utilizing historical data, statistical analysis and cost and quantity comparisons.
  • Innovates new techniques as required to meet specific needs.
  • Assists projects in identifying scope deviations.
  • Analyzes cost/price data from suppliers/subcontractors and direct work with the ability to generate comparative data (historical costs and other metrics) as part of the cost/price analysis. 
  • Participates in and contributes to Value Engineering studies.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications:

  • Grade 25: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and at least 6 years of professional experience or, in lieu of a degree, a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 12 years of professional experience.
  • Grade 26: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and at least 9 years of professional experience or, in lieu of a degree, a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 15 years of professional experience.
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check which includes verification of employment and education.  
  • Must be a US citizen per contract support requirements. 


Minimum Requirements:

  • Experience in complex industrial project construction and or estimating.
  • Demonstrated understanding of estimating core processes and procedures.
  • Knowledge and experience in EPC estimating practices and methods, including demonstrated ability to organize, perform, and present cost estimating products with a minimum of supervision.
  • Knowledge of project schedules and ability to predict/extrapolate costs curves based on the experience of scheduled activities/cost correlation analysis.
  • Knowledge of manual labor performance, equipment production and derivation of composite craft/category labor rates.
  • Understanding of charging practices and the relationship of charging practices to commercial terms, invoicing and profitability.
  • Knowledge of current industry and technical developments.  
  • Knowledge of global market pricing for commodities and construction practices.  
  • Ability to negotiate successfully with procurement and vendors and accurately evaluate alternative solutions.
  • Technical and practical comprehension of engineering, procurement and construction methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of applicable work processes and systems.  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Proficiency in estimating applications used for discipline estimates.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication with a demonstrated ability to present information to peers and management.


Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience in parametric estimating techniques.
  • EPC/EPCM/EVMS site experience on major infrastructure projects.
  • Experience in estimating for U.S. Government customers. 
  • Intermediate knowledge of the applicable Bechtel processes and systems.






Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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