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Sector: Construction | Job Type: Permanent | Salary: Excellent permanent salary + full package

Senior Estimator - Main Contractor - Central London   My client is a well-established main contractor, whose projects are mainly in London and the Home Counties, and range from £1.50 million to £30 million. Undertaking social housing and education projects, as well as some commercial and heritage.  Looking for someone from a similar background  ideally similar sized (£35 million turnover) and used to working in London, with Design & Build and traditional contract experience.   General Schedule of Duties, Skills & Requirements  

  • Assess new tenders, checking for completeness and accuracy of information supplied.
  • Ability to interpret Geotechnical Reports, Archaeological Reports, Site Surveys, Contamination Reports and the like.
  • Good knowledge of New Rules of Measurement (NRM) and Standard Method of Measurement 7 (SMM7), NBS Specification, more commonly used Standard Forms of Contract (all JCT suite, ICE, NEC, GC Works etc).
  • Good knowledge of the Codes of Procedures for various methods of tendering.
  • Understanding of the principles of Best Value, Framework Agreements and Partnering.
  • Marking up supplier and subcontractor enquiries to enable competitive quotations to be obtained.
  • Good knowledge of subcontractors and suppliers, and the ability to communicate with them to encourage quotation returns.
  • Ability to measure or schedule materials quantities for enquiry send-outs.
  • Excellent taking-off skills as where quantities are required, the Senior Estimator will be required to prepare his own, generally in line with SMM7 & NRM. Please note that “Builder’s Quantities” are generally not used by this client.
  • Ability to build up analytical unit rates and lump sum prices for main trades (especially carpentry, brickwork and groundworks).
  • Scheduling and comparisons of subcontractor and supplier quotes including the ability to make adjustments and allowances for exclusions, clarifications etc, in order to compare on a like-for-like basis.
  • Excellent Design & Build knowledge, including the ability to manage Design Consultants at tender stage to ensure that their information is forthcoming in good time, and that it is co-ordinated and competitive.
  • Good technical knowledge and the ability to look beyond the information drawn or specified, and to allow for all necessary to complete a task or element of construction – this is especially relevant to Design & Build.
  • Ability to assess scaffolding requirements and to produce schedules to enable enquiries to be sought.
  • Ability to produce a full set of Preliminaries for the project in question.
  • The ability to assess Temporary Works requirements and where necessary, to seek advice and price accordingly.
  • The ability to present a Tender to the Directors of the Company at Adjudication Meetings, and to contribute towards discussion regarding risk, perceived buying gains, competitive edges or angles and margins for risk contingency and OHP.
  • Good tender presentation skills including tender letter writing detailing qualifications/clarifications, exclusions etc.
  • The ability to communicate with the Client’s Consultants after tender submission, and to deal with Bill/Contract Sum Analysis submission, preparation of Preliminaries Breakdowns etc.
  • Ability to assist in post-tender negotiations, value engineering and the like.
  • Ability to formally hand over a secured tender to our Contracts Department, explaining the project to our Construction Department, making late changes etc to ensure that an accurate Control Document and set of information is handed to them.
  • Ability to negotiate a tender on an open book basis.
IT Skills:   Ability to use a computerised estimating package (we currently use Causeway). Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel. Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Powerpoint would be useful but not essential. Ability to use databases effectively, including search and mail merge facilities. Using “ACT!” Note: Manually priced estimates are NOT acceptable. Causeway software- computer based analytical estimate build-up is essential for each tender.   Please reply with an updated CV in the first instance   Senior Estimator - Main Contractor - Central London

0207 609 7769


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