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Senior Estimator

Senior Estimator

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About Costain and your project.

Costain is one of the UKs leading engineering solutions providers, delivering integrated consulting, project delivery and operations and maintenance services to major blue-chip customers in targeted market sectors.

What will I be doing?

  • Working closely with in a bid team and be responsible for the preparation of the analytical estimate.
  • Preparation of preliminaries (On-cost) pricing (In conjunction with Tender Planner).
  • Presentation of the estimate at bid team meetings and final settlement of bid. Working to strict deadlines.
  • Experience of pricing work under various forms of contract including Traditional NEC, Target Cost, Design & Build, Specification & Drawing or ECI bids.
  • Preparation of quantities from drawings and specifications. Prepare abstract of material and sub-contract requirements for sourcing and pricing.
  • Technical and commercial appraisal of material and subcontractor quotations.
  • Preparation of analytical estimates including the detailed appraisal of construction plant and temporary works.
  • In conjunction with the bid team, participate in the generation of value-engineered solutions throughout the bid stage design process and report on the cost effects of such solutions.
  • Contribute to the submission document preparation.
  • Contribute to the identification of risk and pricing of risks throughout the bid Attend site visits during tender period.
  • Use of estimating software as a basis of preparing the estimate.
  • Evaluate construction methods and formulate alternative proposals where necessary in conjunction with the bid team and tender planner.
  • Associated forecasts of capital expenditure and income. Preparation of cash flow forecasts.
  • Allocate and supervise work of subordinates within the Estimating Team to meet review and final submission deadlines Contribute to the submission document preparation.
  • Contribute to the identification of risk and pricing of risks throughout the bid Attend site visits during tender period.

About you

  • Degree level qualified or equivalent in a Civil Engineering related discipline. Preferably Chartered.
  • 5 Years experience working as an Estimator for a major civils contractor.
  • Experience of pricing medium to large value civil engineering works in the highways, rail, nuclear and water sectors would be an advantage.
  • Customer Focused, Open and Honest, Safe and Environmentally aware, Team Players, Accountable, Improving Continuously and so the Natural Choice.
  • Good communication skills with other members of the team and with external contacts.
  • Must be a good team player and adopt a positive can-do approach at all times.
  • Must be able to manage administration support and other members of the team to ensure the successful delivery of the tender.
  • Must be commercially aware and a lateral thinker with a knowledge of various Forms of Contract.
  • Good technical understanding of Civil Engineering and the ability to promote alternative solutions.
  • Must be numerate, accurate and self-checking.
  • Knowledge of CCS Candy Estimating system would be an advantage albeit training will be given.
  • A full driving licence

Final Statement

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.   


At Costain we ensure that we are an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.