Chief Estimator in Lagos, Nigeria

at Arbico Plc

Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
15+ years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Chief Estimator Reports to: Projects Director

Responsible for the creation of budgets and estimates produced by Arbico Plc.

He is responsible for the oversight of the estimating process for all projects bid and will establish standardized procedures, methods and processes for estimating and training estimators in the use of the same.


    Responsible for developing strategies for the pursuit and procurement of competitively bid projects fitting within the accepted market segments reflected in the Company's marketing plan for the year.

        This involves teaching the staff about the approaches required when reviewing project documents with regards to strategic advantages due to our in-house capabilities, specific areas of work that demand attention due to the scope as compared to the overall requirements of the project.

        Teach the staff to develop strategic alliances with key subcontractors as a method to receive preferential treatment & pricing on bid day.

        Identifying major issues and concerns on a project in regards to risk/reward situations.

    Responsible for the organization of the Estimating Department to assure that the proper procedures are in place to allow a smooth bidding process.

    Train the estimating staff to accurately take-off and price items of self-performed work such as structural wood framing materials, wood framing labor, concrete formwork, concrete place & finish.

    Responsible for transferring a successfully estimated project to Operations & job cost, updating and adding assemblies for new types of work and maintain unit costs in the system.

    Ensure that the policies and procedures for the estimating department are developed and enforced. Items such as informing a subcontractor if they are 10% low or more on a bid, assuring that no bid shopping takes place, pre-bid meetings are held with the proper team in attendance, effective hand-over to operations meetings are conducted, lock down meetings with operations is held in a timely manner, monitoring of scheduled closeouts with operations and defining an ethical approach to the buy-out process.

    Maintain in conjunction with all departments a working sub-list of qualified subcontractors who adhere to our company standards. This responsibility also includes helping maintain our preferred subcontractor program.

    Ensure that all subcontractors are treated in accordance with the program and the signed charter between the firm and those subcontractors.

    Responsible for an increase in profit by ensuring the principles outline above are not compromised, through the buy-out process on each project that is successfully estimated by the estimating staff of the firm.

    Determine the maximum amount of profit that can be obtained on each project during the bidding process by accurately tracking special pricing given to the firm by our subcontractors.

    Responsible for the follow-up with repeat, new, and prospective clients of the firm. This responsibility will include pre-construction services such as the following:

    Review of conceptual bids.

    Maintain & update on a quarterly basis the databases used for conceptual and hard bids within the Precision.

    Value analysis of client’s plans & specifications including coordination, completeness & clarity.

    Presentation of bids, estimates, and conceptual bids to our clients.

    Ensuring that our clients receive their conceptual estimates at the agreed upon timeframe. 6. Follow-up with the new or existing clients to assure their needs are being me.

         Format bid protests when appropriate and follow up on these protests to ensure.The firm is properly represented at the subsequent hearings. This responsibility also includes understanding Nevada Revised Statues, public entity requirements, local codes and standards.

          Develop a list of our competitions subcontractors from their listings on public works bid and industry knowledge from private sector work.

          Work with operations to effectively reduce the number of cost phase codes to implement simpler cost accounting from the field.

  Track job cost & unit production

    Work with business development and preconstruction to establish realistic time frames for estimates to be completed.

    Hold regular staff meetings to review current and future workload, project concerns, and any other issues pertaining to the department.

    Maintain and build working relationships with subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers and clients. Assure that our highly rated subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers and clients receive extraordinary treatment and respect at all times.

    Any other responsibilities assigned by Executive Management.

Key Performance Indicators

     Error free Tenders

     Cost avoidance

     Implemented cost reduction savings

     Estimating Cycle time

     Estimation ROI

     Contract compliance


     Be proficient in any computer software programs used in estimating

     Possess strong mathematical and computer skills.

     Proficiency with all MS Office products (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint

     Ability to breakdown construction operations into a logical sequence of activities

     Ability to work in a team environment

     Ability to professionally communicate the basis for individual work product when in a highly stressed environment

     Ability and willingness to abide by Arbico Plc. s Constructions policies on a daily basis environment.

     Must be able to meet deadlines and put in the time needed to get the job done.

     Effective oral and written communication skills

     Must be willing to travel.

     Candidates must possess a strong work ethic.

     Strong organizational, interpersonal skills.

     Good attention to detail with the ability to recognize discrepancies.


    Minimum of 15 years post qualification experience in the Construction Industry


    1st degree in Quantity Surveying

    Professional membership of local/foreign registered Quantity Survey body

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