Posted May 17, 2024

Principal Estimator

  • Employer Laing O'Rourke
  • Location Dartford
  • Salary Competitive plus benefits

Principal Estimator – High value builds

Location: Dartford, Manchester Considered

Don't underestimate the influence of an Estimator at Laing O'Rourke.

Are you an Estimator who is ready to take control of cost from tender through to the delivery? Laing O'Rourke has an opportunity to join our Estimating department and work on some of the biggest buildings projects in the UK. Have you ever wanted to work on projects like Monklands, London Olympia, Whiteleys and other prestigious projects?

As a Principal Estimator you would be responsible for project and package values of circa £100m+. Some of our projects reach more than £1bn in value! Don't miss out on enhancing your career with modern methods of construction (DFMA). You won't be alone with our in-house delivery and support from internal commercial teams and procurement. With a focused strategy the strike rate is improved meaning less time on bids that don't materialise. This gives you more time to focus on moving into delivery stages.

Can you help secure profitable work streams in a timely manner? Then this could be the perfect position for you. We can support this with access to the latest digital engineering tools and estimating software. Bring your innovative thinking to Laing O'Rourke and we will support your ideas to keep improving.

What to expect:

  • Deputise for Estimating Leader when necessary.
  • Implementation of core process/internal governance throughout the tender process.
  • Team Leader in prime cost evaluation.
  • Providing estimating staff with guidance on their job responsibilities.
  • Liaison with clients and external consultants.
  • Initial appraisal of bid documentation and establishment of appropriate bid strategies with Bid Managers/ Sector Leader from earliest possible stage.
  • Preparation of major prime cost estimates.
  • Commercial Analysis of subcontractors quotations.
  • Ensuring all bids are subject to proper adjudication .
  • Successful post tender negotiations.
  • Ensure consistent preparation and compliance of the mandatory 'Executive Dashboards' and 'EFA' sheets for all bids.
  • Provide robust and structured training of assistant and trainee estimating grades.
  • Advise on finalisation matters of risk, qualification and margin.
  • Provide estimating support in pre-bid submissions/pre-qualification documents for large-scale/ complex projects.

Due to the nature of the role you will need to possess the essential technical skills and experience required. These include:

  • Procurement – exposure to various mechanisms for the procurement of projects.
  • Pricing – expert in establishing a forecast of net prime cost, preliminary costing and cost planning.
  • Package management – expert in skills in supply chain enquiry generation and management
  • Bid Administration – expert in managing the tendering and estimating process.
  • Excellent all round experience of estimating procedures through the life of an estimate, through until submission, post tender procedure, award and handover to the delivery team.
  • Can lead / manage the quantification from drawings
  • Ability to lead complex/multi trade tenders through the settlement process
  • Previous experience of managing tenders across several sectors / work types

Which qualifications can help in this sort of role?

  • HNC / Cognate Degree in Construction or Civil Engineering;
  • Progression towards membership of a recognised professional body (RICS, CIOB, ICE, IMechE)

Desirable Experience

Healthcare, Data Centres, Mixed Used projects with high values circa £100m+

Personal Attributes

  • Positive response to pressure.
  • Flexible and reliable.
  • Prepared to be geographically mobile to suit tender workload.
  • Don't match all the criteria? We are open and always happy to hear from people with transferable skill sets and a commitment to learning.

To apply online click here.

About us:

We are an international engineering and construction company delivering state-of-the-art infrastructure and buildings projects for clients in the UK, Middle East and Australia.

Certainty, reliability, quality – this is what our clients want. And at Laing O'Rourke, we have more than 150 years of experience delivering it. Laing O'Rourke's story is one of energy, passion, ambition, people and teamwork. We harness the power of our experience, stretching back over a century and a half to deliver certainty for our clients.

As part of the Disability Confident scheme, we would like to enable access to candidates with long term health conditions and disabilities through the ‘Offer an interview scheme'. This supports applicants that meet the essential criteria by offering an interview for the advertised position. Please let us know prior to interview what adjustments are required as well as discussing how we can support you in the workplace.

We want to ensure our recruitment process is accessible to all. If you need the application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please email [email protected]

Kelly Chapman

Kelly Chapman
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07455 320 117

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