An Estimator is a critical position within any Glass company. Estimators are responsible for evaluating bid specifications and blue prints ensuring that the company knows everything required to successfully bid and win the project contract. One must aggressively follow up with general contractors and architects to ensure bids are received, understood, and complete. Estimator will be responsible for estimating multiple large-scale commercial glass & glazing projects. They will be expected to establish and foster relationships with industry professionals, architects, manufacturers, general contractors and subcontractors.
Knowledge & Qualifications
Able to read and review all new contracts from sales staff
Review project designs to make sure they are feasible
Write job folders- verify customer info
Create job tickets for crew measure
Schedule all crews on a daily basis- measure, install, warranty
Engineer new jobs
Assist/Project Manage larger jobs
Order weekly & monthly stock supplies
Strong math skills
Engineering background preferred but not required
Organizational skills, able to handle numerous projects at one time
Must be able to work in team environment
5 - 10 years of experience in estimating commercial building projects
3 - 5 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry preferred but not required
Experience in determining scope of work
Experience in understanding bid documents
Proficient at understanding and translating construction plans, drawings and specifications and generating accurate take-offs and estimates
Must have excellent communication and problem-solving skills, and be a motivated team player
Duties & Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
Review bid packages
Evaluate project leads to determine scope of work, contractual requirements and create a bidding strategy.
Develop accurate and concise clarifications and assumptions from contractors/architects
Prepare accurate quantity takeoff and pricing using architectural drawings, specifications and shop drawings
Manage multiple estimating projects concurrently with ability to multi-task
Solve problems and conflicts with potential glazing systems and the customization needed to meet architectural requirements
Materials ordering and management
Attend pre-bid meetings, site tours and post bid interviews as required
Develop unit cost accurately with profitability margins
Consider and understand problems and identify appropriate solutions
Maintain detailed records of each project estimated.
Assist in soliciting company or vendor proposals.
Prepare and maintain status of plan reproduction.
Solicit along with maintain communication with General contractors, third party contractors as well as product vendors.
Prepare subcontractor bid packages.
Transmit addenda in addition to other bid information to General contractor.
Ensure that the company has proper coverage from subcontractors, labor, and materials on bid day.
Show creativity and resourcefulness to gain better pricing on quotes.
Submit 100% of bids on time and on budget "No exceptions".
Follow Up and Closing:
Consistently follow up on submitted bids and budgets with Architects and Construction managers to close business.