Lead Estimator


Washington, DC

Industry: Real Estate & Construction


11 - 15 years

Posted 252 days ago

  by    Kenny Kirksey

This job is no longer available.


The incumbent assumes responsibility for preparing complete and accurate cost estimates, by reviewing, developing, and executing revisions to base contract documents. S/he effectively manages the change order process to meet the related objectives of the Company.


  • Works collaboratively with internal peers to provide complete and accurate change order proposals.
  • Maintains and grows customer relationships by continuing to promote key capabilities of the Company.
  • Coordinates the use of LMPS estimating software with estimating managers.
  • Assembles all initial bid documents, and incorporates other critical documents issued by the GC or owner.
  • Confers with foremen and project management on prospective change documents to existing contract work to determine what the revised scope of work requires for labor, material, subcontractors, etc.
  • Partners with project teams to acquire pricing from suppliers and subcontractors for changes.
  • Completes estimate takeoff, and makes adjustments based on job conditions.
  • Performs takeoff of rough materials for HVAC and plumbing work with the LMPS system.
  • Calculates project control, field supervision, general conditions, and other pertinent costs for analysis.
  • Reviews and determines labor productivity based on job conditions and input from foremen.
  • Combines written change order proposals with sub/vendor proposals to submit with customer bid forms.
  • Conducts a thorough review of change order proposals prior to submission.
  • Submits change order proposals, and participates in proposal presentations on an as-needed basis.
  • Assists with creating cost breakdowns for change orders for use in other project phases.
  • Maintains knowledge of codes, standards, and tax requirements associated with project locations.
  • Offers training to foremen and project managers to improve performance and industry knowledge.
  • Notifies purchasing managers of variations in rough material changes on a weekly basis.


  • 10+ years of field and estimating experience.
  • Experience with computerized estimating software (i.e. AutoBid, Quote Express).
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel and Word in particular).
  • Advanced organizational, analytical, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Capacity to leverage communication/interpersonal skills to develop and enhance business relationships.
  • Aptitude for producing meaningful results in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.


  • Previous experience in a mentor, supervisory, or management role a plus.