Randstad CPE
South East London
£60000 - £65000/annum Car, Healthcare, Pension, Travel
10 Jun 2017
10 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Position: Estimator

Salary: £60,000 - £65,000 + package

Location: Kent

(Ref: RMILLS:EST 6723)

We are looking for an Estimator for an established contractor in South East London / Kent. The successful Estimator will be working closely with a success full commercial and operations team including both the Operations and Commercial Director to ensure the efficient management and delivery of each project.

Our client has work in the following sectors:

* Mixed Use
* Residential
* Commercial
* Health
* Leisure


Our client is a main contractor who deals with a whole range of new build, refurbishment and fit out projects in the sectors outlined above. They have a proven track record having built close relationships with many of their clients over the years and have an excellent reputation in all areas of construction.

Our client has the capacity and expertise to undertake projects large and small ranging from £500k up to £8 million. Repeat business is the core factor within our client thanks to consistently satisfying clients through excellent delivery and priding them selves on being able to do business with people, not contracting.

Candidates are required to:

As an Estimator you will be seen as the technical lead working on a variety of projects, predominantly in the Residential, Education and Commercial sectors. The successful person will be required to prepare tenders for a full range of works, from small works to major works.

Qualifications and Experience:

Whilst qualifications are an important indication of an individual's capacity for learning it is recognised that successful estimating, and particularly successful tendering, are skills that cannot be taught and can only be learned. Consequently experience is the best qualification and it is considered that 5 years should be the minimum for this post.

And while HNC might be considered the minimum formal qualification, and perhaps MCIOB an ideal, the position may suit, for example, a tradesman with good practical experience of the construction industry and subsequent training and experience in an estimating role.

The estimator should be able to demonstrate a good standard of computer literacy together with sound working knowledge of spreadsheets and, ideally, a recognised estimating package such as Conquest, Causeway or Kestrel.

Estimating from first principles at resource level, the estimator should be able to price all construction trades and to recognise inconsistencies in the pricing of subcontractors and suppliers.


Self-motivated and able to work on his own initiative, the estimator should possess sound time management skills and the ability to control, plan and prioritise workload.

While being able to work under pressure the estimator should also be able to recognise when time constraints are threatening to reduce the quality of the tender.

Effective communications are an important element of the estimating function, as is the realisation that communications work both ways. As well as the ability to present information in a clear and analytical way the estimator should also be able to communicate intentions, ideas and feelings in an open and direct manner and welcome open and direct response from others.

The estimator should be able to develop professional relationships with colleagues within the company as well as with clients and their professional team.

Essentially a team player, the estimator must also recognise that a lot of individual effort and mental perspiration will be required for some tenders.

The estimator should be numerate, accurate, analytical, logical and able to pay attention to details, yet can, at the same time, appreciate the broader picture and to identify aspects of a tender that could be turned to advantage.


Analytical resource level pricing of nett cost estimates from:-

* Bills of quantities
* Spec and drawings
* Schedules of rates

* Preparing bills of quantities and / or builder's quantities from spec and drawings.
* Preparing enquiries for and selection of subcontractors and supplies.
* Comparing subcontractor and supplier quotations.
* Liaison with the client's professional team to improve the quality of the information contained in the tender documents.
* Identify rise and/or resources that may cause problems.
* Preparing tender preliminaries in conjunction with the Operations Manager / Directors.
* Management of the tender submission including programme, submission documents and tender settlement meeting.
* Presentation of information at tender settlement.
* Attending post tender negotiations, interviews and meetings.
* Preparing hand-over documents to contract team.
* Recording and analysis of tender results.
* Maintaining a database of resources.
* Maintaining a database of unit rates.
* Maintaining a database of subcontractors and suppliers.

Our client has a large amount of work in the London and Kent, so this is perfect for someone wanting work local to them in South East London / Kent.

Randstad CPE values diversity and promotes equality. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate against any of the protected characteristics that fall under the Equality Act 2010. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are more than happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements as required to support your application.

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

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