Pre-Construction Estimator

Daria Tkach
South East England
up to £55k plus package
Job Posted

An exciting Pre-construction Estimator vacancy to join a unique employer who are one of the largest private owners of residential property in UK and work largely in property development. You will work on residential projects all around England.

Pre-construction Estimator will have a good understanding of construction estimating methodologies and techniques. Candidates that have worked in a similar position in the residential environment will be of particular interest.

This role will incorporate aspects of estimating, pre-contract quantity surveying and project management, so it gives a great exposure to take your career to the next level.

Project Details

The Pre-construction Estimator’s role is to perform budget and cashflow formation by comparing various options relating to the refurbishment and disposal of residential property.

The employer is a developer who operates in the construction, regeneration, and refurbishment or homes UK nationwide. Successful Estimator will be using employer's bespoke estimating software. 

Working as an Assistant Estimator / Assistant Quantity Surveyor you will be part of the Project Management team, you will report directly to the Head of Project Management within the organisation.

This is an office-based role, with flexibility to work from home few times a week and site visits.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Quantify & cost plan build costs from limited information to support initial project appraisals
  • Appraise land and infill opportunities to deliver fully costed viability studies
  • Working closely with the Design Team to identify risk and ensure adequate provision is made with budget assessments
  • Working closely with the Sales Team to ensure that the appropriate costs are included within budgets reflecting the desired specification
  • Analyse & vet subcontract tender returns
  • Formation of Final Project Budget, ensuring that tendered costs are interpreted and included where possible and that adequate provision is made where tendered costs are not available
  • Have a thorough understanding of project, scope of works and restrictions imposed by contractual requirements and site conditions
  • Giving guidance on possible risks and openings within a scheme
  • Researching the cost of items such as materials, transport, labour and equipment.
  • Responsible for the administration, application and updating of the Term Contract Schedule of Rates
  • Cost base maintenance and updates
  • Be present at pre-tender meetings and carry out site surveys
  • Establish opportunities/scope to maximise value
  • Assist in the management and preparation of all required specification and contractual documentation for tendering/negotiation of the refurbishment works

Desired Skills and Experience

Suitable  Pre-construction Estimator will have:

  • 2-4 years’ experience as an Assistant Estimator, Assistant Project Manager, Assistant Quantity Surveyor or similar in the construction industry, preferably within the residential sector
  • Understanding and ability to take of quantities from technical drawings and form a concise budget
  • Ability to price from first principles
  • Competency in assessing contract documents and contract requirements
  • Proficiency with numbers and capability to manipulate mathematical data
  • Good communication and negotiation skills
  • Organised and methodical approach to work
  • IT skills, with a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Qualification to Degree level in Quantity Surveying, Cost Management or other construction related field would be beneficial, but not essential

Employing Company Overview and Profile

This employer is a leading and highly experienced developer and owner of privately rented housing in the UK.

Their portfolio of homes extends to over 40,000 units and ranges from one-bedroom apartments to large family homes. 

They offer employees a dynamic working environment, generous salaries and good career progression.

Additional Benefits Package and Incentives

  • Generous salary up to £40k negotiable based on experience
  • Company car + fuel card
  • Private Healthcare
  • Life assurance
  • Pension
  • 25 days holiday allowance + bank holidays

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