Chief Estimator – Job Posting

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As a Chief Estimator, you will be responsible for preparing and coordinating estimates for Bronte Construction projects, primarily focusing on medium to large-scale heavy civil P3 pursuits, as well as regional bid-build work.

Key Role Responsibilities

  • Coordinate total estimating effort, leading a team of estimators.
  • Review proposal specifications, drawings, attend pre-bid meetings to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate
  • Review schedules of projects being estimated
  • Organize estimating team to prepare bids, select vendors and/or subcontractors and determine cost (effectiveness) of projects to be bid
  • Perform Risk and Contract Management responsibilities as required
  • Review and incorporate historical data from purchase orders, subcontracts, productivity analysis reports, etc. into the estimate
  • Prepare (discipline estimates by calculating) complete quantity take off based on scope of work
  • Consult with clients, vendors and other stakeholders to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve potential issues
  • Review design options and recommend best solutions based on cost, engineering quality or availability of materials
  • Act as the project champion in working with other Bronte Construction employees, owners and subcontractors to get commitment and consensus regarding proposed bids
  • Establish and review list of work to be performed by subcontractors
  • Review final estimate and apply strategic cost factors where necessary
  • Monitor client changes and advise the estimating team of all changes in scope during the estimate period
  • Partner with other estimators to turn project over to production team
  • Follow awarded contracts as assigned – may include estimating extra work items, change orders, credits
  • Advise on major changes in scope of work and monitor actual cost to estimated cost
  • Upon project completion, conduct debriefing with estimating, engineering and production teams to discuss positive and negative aspects of the project
  • Search, analyze and communicate to the team options for the most effective means and methods of construction
  • Prepare bids, select vendors and/or subcontractors and determine cost effectiveness of projects to be bid


  • Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, or related discipline
  • Minimum of 8+ years’ of civil construction experience, with at least 2 years in an estimating capacity
  • Technical knowledge and experience design-build and/or P3 projects in Canada is an asset
  • Eligibility for registration as a P.Eng is an asset
  • Thorough knowledge (ideally with hands-on application) in the construction of earthwork, structures, paving, underground, and grading practices on large high-profile and complex heavy civil projects
  • Expert knowledge of HCSS Heavy Bid Estimating Software, AutoCAD, Word, and Excel
  • Previous experience and/or willingness to lead and mentor estimators is preferred



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