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Senior Estimator (211635 PH)

  • Requisition ID:  211635
  • Position Title: Senior Estimator (211635 PH)
  • Location:  Various Locations, U.S 
  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Work Authorization: Possess right to work in the US without sponsorship
  • Other Requirements: Pre-employment drug screen, background check

Role Overview:

Prepares general and/or discipline estimates for capital cost and/or services estimates.  Develops basic conceptual estimates.  Takes a lead role in estimate reviews and presentations.   Provides and supports data and cost analysis.  Uses, develops and oversees the maintenance of estimating databases.  Provides technical and operational supervision to assigned personnel.  Executes simultaneous tasks within broadly defined parameters. 


Principal Responsibilities:

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:


  • Drafts estimate plans for small-scale projects (inclusive of estimate budget) through evaluation of scope, contract, desired estimate type/quality and time/resources available.
  • Conducts capital cost estimates.  Reviews design scope criteria and develops quantities for undefined scope assumptions in coordination with others.  Prepares estimate basis and assumption documentation; and/or:
  • Conducts services cost estimates.  Ensures properly allocation of payroll adds.  Creates cost models for fee calculations.  Performs analysis on functional input to staffing plan.  Prepares estimate basis and assumption documentation; and/or:
  • Supports complex/conducts basic conceptual/order of magnitude (OOM) estimates.  Develops conceptual quantities to supplement partial lump sum and Design Build design documents when definition is not available.  Contributes to basis and assumption documentation.
  • Assesses and integrates commercial terms and conditions into estimates under supervision.
  • Prepares cost studies, trend estimates, and life cycle cost estimates in specialized areas or in specialized discipline area.  May use modified templates.  Guides others in area of expertise. 
  • Reviews basic software generated estimates for completion and technical accuracy ensuing quality and integrity and that applicable lessons learned are incorporated.
  • Participates in establishing pricing structures to be applied to quantities for estimates.  Establishes format and content of summaries and reconciliations, including segregation of cost according to level of confidence.
  • Identifies risk items and assigns risk levels to portions of the project work; identifies measures to mitigate risk.
  • Calculates contingency through manual calculations and/or Monte Carlo analysis.
  • Evaluates productivity and develops probable construction cost based on crew craft productivity.
  • Performs and reviews escalation calculations for estimates of complex jobs.
  • Takes a lead role in estimate reviews and presentations.  Interfaces with designated management personnel on specific sections of estimate presentations. 
  • Prepares cost trend estimates in support of project cost trend programs.
  • Performs cash flow and working capital assessments.  Performs and reviews associated calculations and analysis.  Predicts/extrapolates cost curves based on experience of scheduled-activities and cost correlation analysis.


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

  • Obtains vendor information to update the cost data file, assists in development of estimating databases, inclusive of input coding structure, and takes ownership of portions of the database.
  • Generates and retrieves reports in the appropriate software application, understands and summarizes the data in the required presentation for management reviews.
  • Directs others in the use of estimating software applications based on estimate scope and data availability.
  • Participates in developing and presenting designated subjects in training classes and provides on the job training for specific processes and practices.


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:

  • Performs cost and price analysis to establish price reasonableness. Reviews or assists in reviewing cost/pricing provisions of proposals and develops supporting data for contract negotiations.   
  • Prepares cost studies utilizing historical data, statistical analysis, and cost and quantity comparisons.  Innovative and develops new techniques as required to meet specific needs.
  • Converts work breakdown structure used in the estimate to project job and sub-job codes.
  • Converts commodity-coding system used in the estimate to a system for a project.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus 9-13 years of related professional experience
  • In lieu of Degree, 15-19 years of related professional experience


Minimum Qualifictions:

  • Demonstrated intermediate-to-advanced understanding of Estimating core processes requiring minimal direction and supervision.
  • Experience in estimating in DOE and/or commercial decommissioning and/or remediation and/or waste management
  • Knowledge of estimating software tools (preferred experience with Hard Dollar software, but open to other types)
  • Experience in price to win strategies and/or leading/supporting estimates during proposal bids
  • Willingness to take ownership of new software and processes; become an estimating SME for Environmental markets (i.e. knowledgeable, can-do attitude, strong leadership potential, accountable)
  • Advanced knowledge of EPC estimating methods, processes, and procedures.  Understands estimate types, classifications, and components.  Specifically understands detail level estimates and design packages.  Experience with Lump Sum Design Build and/or OOM estimates. 
  • Significant knowledge and experience in quantity takeoffs, statistical analysis, and cost and price analysis, life cycle analysis and management of personnel. 
  • Skilled in understanding and implementing technical discipline processes, engineering drawings, quantity determinations, and mathematical and financial reports.
  • Intermediate knowledge of the applicable Bechtel processes and systems.  Knowledge of administrative and supervisor practices.
  • Advanced understanding of craft productivity, current market pricing in related areas and knowledge of construction practices in local work region.
  • Advanced knowledge of construction methods and techniques in area of specialization, and have a general understanding of other disciplines.  Familiar with engineering and construction codes and standards.
  • Knowledge of the principles of Life-Cycle costing, cost in use, and operating costs and ability to undertake a Net Present Value (NPV) analysis.
  • Thorough understanding of project cash flows and the corresponding time value of money as the cost of working capital.
  • Thorough understanding of cost index and escalation projection sources.
  • Understands and contributes to risk and contingency assessments.
  • Proficient in Microsoft and scheduling software applications currently being used by Bechtel (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Primavera, Microsoft Project
  • Skilled in oral and written communications, including presentation skills and ability to address a group of supervisors.




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