Senior Estimator (Program Oversight)

Requisition ID:  276045

  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: San Jose, CA 
  • Salary Range: $135,860 - $207,190 annually (Determined by function, education, experience, and qualifications of the applicant.)


Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.


Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals, and the Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.


Core to Bechtel is our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our commitments – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver.


Project Overview

Bechtel has been appointed by The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to provide Construction Management Services for Phase II (BSVII) of The BART Silicon Valley Program. The Program further extends the BART system from the Berryessa Station in north San Jose, through downtown San Jose, and continuing to Santa Clara University.


This landmark project is a six mile, four-station extension, linking the Phase I terminus at the Berryessa/North San Jose BART station to the Santa Clara Station in the City of Santa Clara. BSVII is planned to include a 54-foot single-bore tunnel, three underground stations, one at-grade station and a maintenance facility.


Position Summary

The Estimating Manager will be responsible to manage the cost estimation associated with the Progressive Design Build Contracts. The estimating manager will establish specific cost estimating processes, procedures and provide cost estimating service during their full life cycle. The estimating manager will prepare and review estimates for changed scope, claims analysis and independent validation of information. The project controls team is working as part of the Client’s team and on behalf of the Client to provide management and oversight of the multiple small and large Contractors that are under contract with the Client.



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 specific to the build contracts:

  • Manages the development of estimates from inception to completion. Develops an achievable estimate plan, inclusive of budget, and leads the estimating team in executing the estimate. Consolidates the estimate components and prepares the proposal cost volume and bid forms. Responsible for assembly and timely submittal of escrow proposal documents.
  • Reviews estimate and ensures quality and integrity. Ensures lessons learned are incorporated into the estimate.
  • Prepares basis and assumption documentation. 
  • Reviews design scope criteria and quantities for completeness and reasonableness, and coordinates with the project to develop additional estimating basis when information is incomplete. Suggests alternatives when appropriate.
  • Establishes and reviews the conceptual scopes of estimates and studies when definition is not available through a demonstrated ability to conceptualize the design of the finished product. Demonstrates specialized contingency skills to compensate for undefined scope.
  • Effectively presents estimate Management Review package to estimate team, department management and business line management. Schedules internal reviews.
  • Support preparation of “what if” plan (sensitivity analysis) to mitigate cost overruns and/or schedule delays.
  • Allocates indirect costs and fee to owner pay items when required.
  • Performs and reviews escalation calculations for estimates of complex jobs.
  • Identifies ways to mitigate risk. Assesses the uncertainties associated with productivity, material pricing, wage rates and quantity variation. 
  • Supports development of estimating standards and procedures.
  • Sponsors, develops and presents training in areas of expertise for courses and on‑the‑job training.
  • Performs analysis on received commercial data.
  • Prepares cost studies utilizing historical data, statistical analysis and cost and quantity comparisons. Develops new techniques as required to meet specific needs.
  • Participates in and contributes to Value Engineering studies.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management or mathematics preferred.
  • Minimum of 15 years of related work experience in project controls cost and/or estimating.


Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated advanced understanding of Estimating core processes and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in EPC estimating practices and methods, including demonstrated ability to organize, direct, perform, review and present cost estimating products with a minimum of supervision.
  • Proficient in Lump Sum and Design Build estimates for competitive bid projects. In-depth knowledge of project schedules and ability to predict/extrapolate costs curves based on experience of scheduled-activities/cost correlation analysis.
  • Thorough understanding of cost index and escalation projections.
  • Technical and practical comprehension of engineering, procurement and construction methods and techniques. 
  • In-depth knowledge of administrative and supervisory procedures and practices.
  • Knowledge of current industry and technical developments. Knowledge of global market pricing and construction practices. 
  • Knowledge in the use of technology for executing work processes. 
  • Proficient in estimating applications used for discipline estimates and basic knowledge of general estimating systems (EPIC, BETK, HCSS, Candy, etc.)
  • Skilled in oral and written communication with demonstrated ability to present estimating information to peers and management.
  • Understanding charging practices, the relevant commercial influences (i.e., insurance, taxes, etc.) and the relationship of charging practices to commercial terms, invoicing and profitability.
  • Understanding risk, where risk can exist, factors contributing to risk, risk management and categorization, and terms in risk management. 



At Bechtel, our employees enjoy a competitive total rewards package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans, along with optional disability and supplemental insurance options, generous paid time off (160 hours annually, accrued 6.16 hours per pay period), nine paid holidays, paid parental leave, discretionary bonuses, and a well-designed 401K plan with matching and profit-sharing components. 

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 five global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals; and Manufacturing & Technology. 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.

Bechtel employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or show proof of a negative test result prior to accessing Bechtel sites/facilities to the extent required by applicable law or by customer requirements.