Construction Estimator, Chicago IL

Estimators prepare accurate and well-crafted bids/proposals that result in awarded contracts that are profitable and maintain the level of quality expected.

Estimators work under very tight time frames and are responsible for handling multiple bids/proposals and responsibilities simultaneously.


  • Review and analyze drawings, specifications, proposals and other documents.
  • Prioritize and organize deadlines for bids, determine and develop project general conditions.
  • Determine the appropriate bid divisions. Provide all other standard bid book tabs according to the Estimating Department Procedural Manual.
  • Project Bidding: Review plans and request any additional information from the architect. Follow up with subcontract and material bidders to ensure bid coverage. Review and qualify returned bids.
  • prepare detailed summary of work per divisions.
  • Review complete bid breakdown and proposal with the Project Manager.
  • Update and finalize bid book. Assist in project buy-out and start-up. Communicate as necessary with project team.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to satisfactorily identify conflicts and address project and performance concerns.
  • Duties require good judgment, initiative and ability to deal with last-minute changes or critical issues.
  • Strong focus on client service.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment on multiple projects
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Strong knowledge of project management and accounting principles relating to construction industry.
  • Familiar with conceptual estimating, writing detailed scopes of work, reading blue prints, performing detailed quantity take off's.
  • Solid proficiency in all Microsoft Office Products; knowledge of project management software (Prolog, Procore, etc.), project scheduling software (Suretrack, Fastrack, Project, etc.) and take-off software (OnScreen).
  • Experience with projects $50,000 to $10 million.