Principal Estimator - Department Head (0893)

Black & Veatch Corporation Leawood , KS 66211

Posted 7 days ago

Divisional Statement

The Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. has its mission to provide a full range of services to our primary client base - U.S. Government agencies and departments. With the unique skill sets we have developed during the 100-plus years of service to our U.S. Government agencies client base, we are able to provide one-of-a-kind solutions to complex mission objectives that arise out of specific challenges faced by and unique to these agencies. Our primary areas of focus are: Architecture/Engineering (A/E) Services, Defense Program, Design/Build, Classified, and Environmental.

Job Summary

Responsible for the direction and preparation of lump sum, unit rate and cost plus estimates ranging from simple cost analysis to definitive estimates in support of proposals, project controls and project change orders. Duties are inclusive of those listed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Delegates technical and administrative responsibilities to subordinates. Retains primary accountability for compliance in each area. Reviews the status of each estimate periodically. Reviews the status of personnel assigned to them relative to technical, administrative and training requirements. Other administrative, supervisory and technical duties as assigned. Prepares cost estimates on proposals, projects and studies and ensure that the content of the estimate is complete, accurate and meets the requirements of the estimate or project plan. Plans, coordinates, reviews, verifies and analyzes all aspects of estimates and estimate presentation. Responsible for directing, training and developing subordinates. Helps in the maintenance of the Company estimating database

  • Coordinate and review the variable estimating factors in each area with Engineering Operations, Procurement and Construction. Provides technical advice and assistance to the Project Manager in the preparation of all levels of estimates ranging in scope and complexity from a simple factored or curve type analysis estimate to an extremely complex multi-billion-dollar lump sum bid. Appraises overall accuracy of estimates and recommends contingencies for estimates such as Lump Sum bids, Defined Estimates and Interim Control Estimates. Ensures the orderly flow of project assignments through his area in keeping with schedules and within manpower budgets. Recommends detailed estimating procedures and techniques to be utilized in the development of the estimate. Assists in planning and development of the necessary formal training programs to maintain and improve estimating techniques, procedures and capabilities for both new and experienced personnel. Maintains familiarity with estimating and cost engineering developments and activities outside the company and assesses their significance, suggesting application to company business where warranted. Identifies and assesses improvement opportunities which will add value.

  • Responsible for direction and preparation of conceptual estimates for design submittals

  • Champions continuous improvement efforts

  • Assesses and supports the change management effects associated with the implementation of improvements

  • Proactively supports, encourages and facilitates staff to engage in continuous improvement activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Required: . 10 to 25 years of relevant experience, including some estimating experience . Field and/or project experience All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS or MS graduate in Construction Management or related field is preferred, but not required

  • Previous Goverrnement estimating experience preferred.

  • Cost control and scheduling exposure is a plus

  • Knowledge of MCASES MII, Timberline or similar and PACES software are preferred.

  • Certifications American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE) Certified Estimating Professional (CEP) and/or Certified Cost Professional (CCP) certifications.

  • Secret or Top-Secret Clearance

  • Preferred Skills:
    . Ability to manage extremely complex estimates (e g , in size, scope or organization, multinational joint ventures) . Scheduling/planning skills . Cost engineering skills . Leadership skills . Development of subordinates . Mathematical skills . Project design scopes . Consulting skills . Problem-solving . Planning skills . Analytical skills . Consensus team builder . Function in an international joint environment . Interpret and understand specifications and contracts . Microsoft Excel . Microsoft Access . Verbal and written communication skills . Presentation skills . Interpersonal communication skills

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EST: Estimating



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Typical office environment

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Principal Estimator - Department Head (0893)

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