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Sector: Construction | Job Type: Permanent | Salary: Salary

Estimator/Buyer - High-end residential - West London  

Job Description:-

The role of an Estimator/Buyer is to manage and drive the estimating and procurement department forward ensuring material for all projects are ordered within the identified timelines.This is a fundamental role within the business where you will be expected to build and maintain relationships with Project Managers, Architects, Interior Designers, Clients and Subcontractors ensuring there is a good understanding of the high end products and materials required.     You will join a team renowned for their exceptional client service who are currently winning a variety of high end residential contracts in London. You will be given exposure to an array of projects and will be providing a full service to a wide range of high end clients.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Quantity Surveyors assisting with the costings and estimating of materials at tender process.
  • Attend regular meetings with clients, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Designers and Subcontractors to fully understand the extent of the order, scope of works and the agreed programme. 
  • Prepare works to be estimated by gathering proposals specifications and related documents i.e drawings, schedule of works.
  • Research and submit a list of subcontractors who will be part of the supplier tender list without compromising on quality of works, timeline and standard of material.
  • Send out tender enquiries for supply only packages such as ironmongery, sanitary ware, internal doors, skirting & architrave etc.
  • Analyse and negotiate cost of material with suppliers and present the final costings of chosen products.
  • Manage the procurement schedule and advice project team of typical order times, ensuring sufficient time is given to obtain specialist material.
  • Ensure regular meetings are carried out with the design team and the supplier ensuring the brief is maintained and within the time schedule.
  • Resolve discrepancies by collecting and analysing information.
  • Develop and maintain procurement schedules of all live projects capturing any new design changes, lead times and additional trades.
  • Manage the take-off of projects and schedule of material from drawings.
  • Regular contact with site managers and project managers ensuring material is ordered and delivered on time without compromising the project timeline.
  • Deal with procurement invoice queries.
  • Engaging and meeting with new suppliers & subcontractors increasing the compnaies supplier list.
  • Pricing additional works and raising Instructions.
  • Working in coordination with other departments in the business.  

Person Profile The Estimator and Buyer will have:

  • 3 + years’ experience as an estimator and buyer within the construction industry (Essential)
  • Good understanding of estimating and buying of materials within high end residential construction industry (preferred) 
  • Have a great knowledge of building and leveraging a network of commercial gain.
  • Good knowledge & experience of procurement packages such as Sage (preferred)
  • Be clear and confident communicator
  • Ability to negotiate and improve margin
  • Have great organisational skills.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft packages e.g. Excel, Word
  • Enthusiastic, ambitious with the ability to work on your own initiative.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, excellent attention to detail and proven ability to meet deadlines  

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