Estimating Lead

Requisition ID: 272729 

  • Relocation Authorized: National/International - Family 
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Toronto, ON 

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Project Overview

Bechtel Infrastructure, along with key sub-vendors Bantrel and Comtech, has been appointed the Delivery Partner role within an integrated team with the customer, Metrolinx, for the Ontario Line Subway (OLS) Project and will work in a Delivery Partner role within an integrated team with the customer organization for a Subway Project in Toronto, Ontario. The project scope includes the design build, operations and maintenance of all infrastructure and rail systems associated with 15 stations and over 15km of new alignment, being performed by three key PPP Contractors and multiple advanced early works (EAW) packages Contractors. Bechtel form a key component of the overall Integrated Project Delivery team (comprising the customer, MX; the Technical Advisor, and Bechtel as the Delivery Partner).


Position Summary

The EGS/ PTUS Lead Estimator will be responsible to provide cost estimating service for the Progressive Design Build Elevated Guideway and Stations contract on the Ontario Line. This estimating position will prepare and review target price development from the contractor and work throughout the target price development phase on the final estimate. Post target price development phase, the lead estimator will provide estimates for changed scope, claims analysis and independent validation of information coming from the Ontario Line contractors. The ideal candidate will have the right to live and work in Canada and current or previous experience creating estimates on large infrastructure projects. 



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 progressive design 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.
  • 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

  • 10 – 15 years of project controls cost experience.
  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, construction management or mathematics preferred.


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.
  • 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 Microsoft and scheduling software applications currently being used by Project (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Primavera, Microsoft Project). 
  • Proficient in estimating applications used for discipline estimates and basic knowledge of general estimating systems currently being used by Delivery Partner (EPIC, BETK, HCSS, Candy, etc.)
  • Skilled in oral and written communication with demonstrated ability to present
  • Estimating information to peers and management.
  • Proficient in Lump Sum and Design Build estimates for competitive bid projects. 
  • Target Price Experience is preferred.
  • 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. 


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.

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