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Lead Estimator Ames, IA
Story Construction Co.
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Story Construction Co. is an employee-owned Merit-Shop general contractor with 85 years of experience. Story offers a full range of services and delivery methods including general construction, design-build, construction management, and Nucor pre-engineered buildings. Story has complete design-build capabilities with licensed architects on staff. Markets include manufacturing/warehousing/distribution facilities; food processing; water and wastewater treatment plants; educational facilities; healthcare facilities; churches and senior living facilities.
As innovators in the construction field for the past 85 years, we’re constantly seeking ways to improve the process of building… in a brick-and-mortar sense and a people sense.
We are passionate about the construction process because we are builders at heart. We are in a rewarding business, in the finest region of our country, doing meaningful work. If you have a desire to be part of an employee-owned company that appreciates and encourages teamwork as well as the unique contributions of intelligent individuals, we’d love to hear from you.
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Lead Estimator will prepare cost estimates for construction projects to aid management in bidding on or determining price of a construction project.
The Lead Estimator has all the duties and functions of the estimator position in addition to the following: responsible for putting together and finalizing estimates or proposals independently as well as in teams; lead estimate pursuit teams through the process which includes making team assignments, checking project requirements, selecting subs/suppliers to invite, developing and implementing the approach to the pursuit, writing scopes, reviewing scopes written by others, reviewing estimates prepared by others, preparing customer estimate presentation documents and preparing historical estimates; being an estimating resource for superintendents, project engineers, project managers and company executives; analyze blueprints and other documentation; review and assess cost effectiveness of products, projects or services; confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors on scope, adjustments and value engineering on cost estimates; develop conceptual, schematic, and design development estimates based on preliminary project information; assist operations with coding, project start-up and project closeout and assist estimating manager with training and professional development of the estimating staff.
- Review specifications and drawings to determine the scope of work and the requirements of the project
- Provide accurate quantity take-off based on the drawings and specifications
- Understand the effects that construction means and methods, projected schedule, and conditions have on an estimate
- Apply standard construction elements in estimating the cost of construction based on conceptual drawings and specifications
- Price labor based on research of historical cost data and analysis of the operation
- Price materials based on current material pricing while understanding market fluctuations and potential cost based on anticipated time of delivery
- Solicit complete sub-bids and material pricing from subcontractors and suppliers
- Solicit information or clarifications from the A/E or Owner as required to produce a complete bid and remove both ambiguities and risks
- Review and incorporate addendum items into the estimate
- Participate in pre-bid meetings, bid strategy and presentations as requested
- Review scope and pricing of our work and make any necessary changes to finalize the estimate
- Communicate with potential subcontractors and suppliers concerning project requirements, preferred scope, work durations, schedule, and other aspects relevant to the project
- Receive, analyze, and incorporate bids from subcontractors and suppliers at the time of the bid letting
- Understand and utilize Sage estimating software to facilitate the development of an estimate and bid
- Understand and use eTakeoff software to facilitate takeoff
- Understand and use InSite estimating software to facilitate earthwork takeoff
- Understand and use work breakdown structure (components, locations, etc.) to organize an estimate and facilitate breakdowns and alternates
- Maintain accurate written and computer files
- Build relationships with A/E firms, Owners, subcontractors and suppliers
- Cultivate potential leads on projects based on interaction with contacts
- Review design options or construction options and determine best solutions based on cost, quality, availability of materials, equipment, or other factors
- Communicate with project team on a successful bid to assist with the buy and relate other information obtained during the process of assembling the estimate and bid
- Contribute estimating data for historical purposes
- Prepare a written scope of work for your portion of the estimate and review scopes of work prepared by others
- Prepare a preliminary construction schedule
- Prepare General Conditions estimates
- Put together and finalize estimates or proposals
- Lead estimating pursuit teams
- Be an estimating resource for others in the company
- Confer with others on the project team to make changes, adjustments and value engineering on cost estimates
- Develop conceptual, schematic and design development estimates
- Assist operations with coding, project start-up and project closeout
- Assist with training estimators and engineers
- Assist with professional development of estimating staff
- Additional duties as assigned.
- Paid Holidays
- Sick Leave
- Bereavement Leave
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Company-paid Term Life Insurance, AD&D
- Medical and Dependent Care Flex Benefits Plans
- Company-paid Long-term Disability Insurance
- 401(k) (100% immediately vested company match)
- Travel Per Diem
- Continuing Education
- Safety Boot and prescription protective equipment reimbursement
7 or more years of estimating experience.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or related field, and 7 or more years of estimating experience.
- Ability to verbally communicate in a concise manner.
- Ability to be firm in approaching others while being thoughtful to the individual or team needs.
- Ability to work under pressure and high-stress conditions.
- Ability to compose and develop written material which can be understood by others.
The Lead Estimator primarily works in an office environment. During site visits, may be exposed to job site conditions, including exposure to fumes or airborne particles, loud noise levels, moving mechanical parts, and vibration, all within OSHA standards, and temporary exposure to extreme outdoor weather conditions.
Story Construction is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Story Construction participates in E-Verify: Right to Work
Story Construction is a Drug-Free Workplace
Some travel to bids, trainings, or job sites should be expected.