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Estimating and Cost Manager, Renewables

Requisition ID:  235913

Requisition Posting End Date: 08/02/2021

Bechtel Infrastructure:

Leading engineering, construction, and project management company that brings a blend of international expertise and local capability to our projects worldwide. Practitioners with deep technical insight and knowledge in renewable energy, motorways, rail, aviation and communications allowing us to deliver integrated engineering, procurement, and construction services. A values-driven team that puts sustainability and innovation at the heart of our business, delivering real value for money for our customers.

 

Job Summary:

Bechtel’s Infrastructure division is hiring senior estimating professionals with experience in utility-scale renewable energy (onshore wind and utility-scale PV solar) estimating. The right candidate specializes in developing bid evaluations including costs and schedule evaluations. Estimators operate as part of a central Renewables team and will need to be flexible, efficient and work autonomously executing tasks within broadly defined parameters. 

 

General tasks include reviewing proposal deliverables related to schedule/cost engineering and material control and developing supporting data for internal evaluations and contract negotiations for large-scale projects. Perform general or discipline cost estimating, analysis, and control activities for wind, solar and energy storage projects. The candidate will perform and manage cost estimating, cost engineering, and cost analysis/control activities for multiple renewable energy projects. Demonstrated skill in leading value engineering exercises, and identifying, analyzing, and providing innovative solutions to cost engineering problems.  Responsible for preparation and review of discipline and subcontractor estimates. Responsible for conceptual estimating, cost analysis and estimate planning, coordination, consolidation and presentation. Supports and promotes improvement measures and implementation of recommendations for the global business unit. Supports organizational and directorial activities.

 

 Key Job Duties:

  • Applies knowledge of renewable energy projects and reviews contractor estimates and ensures quality and integrity.
  • Analyzes and validates contractor estimates. Effectively presents estimate review package to Customer.
  • Prepares specialized cost contingency analysis tools to compensate for undefined scope utilizing a conceptual, or defined, scope of work from an internal layout and/or design inputs.
  • Support bid evaluation of cost and schedule criteria and prepares bid evaluations. May participate in discussions with vendors/contractors/partners.
  • Review and evaluate contractor change orders and/or pricing. 
  • Prepares and reviews escalation calculations for estimates.
  • Along with the core, the renewables team identifies ways to mitigate project risk. Assesses the uncertainties associated with productivity, material pricing, wage rates and quantity variation. 
  • Supports proposal activities and provides guidance in the preparation of proposal cash flow models and working capital analysis.
  • Responsible for the management of the overall project costs across a portfolio.
  • Prepares and coordinates the development of staffing and operating plans for cost engineering activities.
  • Reviews contract drafts for adequacy of cost and scope definition, and coordinates the development of all data in support of negotiations.
  • Prepares, coordinates, and directs cost engineering presentations to Bechtel and client management, as required.
  • Conducts personnel performance reviews and career counseling. Interviews candidates for employment and makes recommendations for employment decisions.
  • Directs cost analysis and problem-solving activities and develops and executes policy objectives and standards applicable to cost analysis activities.
  • Performs or directs functional audits of project activities to ensure technical adequacy of project cost engineering activities as required.
  • Develops and supports improvement measure institutionalization for the core renewables team.
  • Capture and incorporates lessons learned for the continued improvement and success of the rapid deployment of renewable projects.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert within the global business unit.

 

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with the development and construction of large-scale renewable energy projects (+50MW). 
  • Construction and/or estimating experience involving both subcontracted and direct-hire construction labor.  
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in directing cost estimating and cost analysis of full EPC and BOP scope for utility renewable energy projects. Knowledge of Energy Storage Systems, AC coupled systems, and transmission and distribution line construction desirable.
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in directing project cost engineering functions cost control and cost analysis. Experience and demonstrated skill in establishing criteria for Project Controls activities.
  • Experience working with or directly supporting a project development organization.
  • Strong multi-tasking, as work is performed across a portfolio of projects simultaneously and has significant interaction with stakeholders, subcontractors, OEMs, and vendors as needed.
  • Knowledge of statistical correlation and regression analysis of estimate variance, with an advanced understanding of how to apply real-world applications of statistical theory.
  • Skilled in providing direction, personnel administration, and training of technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication, with demonstrated skill in presenting cost engineering information to management/clients.
  • Demonstrated skill in identifying, analyzing, and solving problems.
  • Advanced level of knowledge of engineering, procurement, contracts, construction, and commissioning work processes.
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction management is customarily acquired over time through specialized instruction or practical experience.
  • Knowledge of current industry, innovations, and technical developments.
  • Experience with capital cost estimate development.
  • Experience conducting productivity analysis of construction operations.
  • Experience analyzing commercial terms and conditions (contractor relationships, currency exchange, taxation, inflation, insurance, escalation, etc.) and with the market pricing in areas of Wind, Solar and Energy Storage.
  • Knowledge of EPC estimating practices, methods/processes, and procedures in addition to the various estimate components, types, and classifications.
  • Basic knowledge of project controls concepts, practices, and procedures, specifically project schedules, work breakdown structure, and budgets.

 

Basic Qualifications for Grade 26:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Minimum of 2 years estimating utility-scale renewable energy projects (Wind, Solar, and/or Battery Storage).
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in project controls with an emphasis on cost and project estimating. In lieu of a degree, 15 years of related work experience required.
  • Knowledge of NEC requirements and other industry standards.
  • Must be a United States Citizen.

 

Additional requirements for Grade 27:

  • Minimum of 5 years estimating utility-scale renewable energy projects (Wind, Solar, and/or Battery Storage).
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in project controls with an emphasis on cost and project estimating. In lieu of a degree, 19 years of related work experience required.

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Utility-scale solar project experience >100MW.
  • Utility-scale wind experience >100MW.
  • Prior large-scale EPC experience.
  • Prior Direct Hire / Craft supervision experience.
  • NABCEP certification is desirable. 

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