Estimator

Founded in 1989, Alliance Engineering has grown to become one of the largest privately held multi- discipline engineering firms in central Virginia. Possessing vast experience and technical expertise, we deliver unparalleled value to our customers.

Alliance Engineering is a multi-discipline engineering consulting offices support manufacturing facilities and clients in the mid-Atlantic with areas of specialization including: project feasibility studies, process improvement analysis, new process design, process upgrades, design, industrial capital projects, and detailed project/construction estimates. The company serves Fortune 500 companies in industries such as food processing, films, fibers, plastics, paper, chemicals, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, power, metals, personal care, and heavy manufacturing.

Our Construction Management Team is currently seeking an entrepreneurial spirited Estimator with expertise in scheduling long term and complex projects a in high production environment in the consulting industry. This is a full time/direct hire position that may be located in Richmond, VA or Williamsburg, VA areas.

As a company recognized for exceptional commitment to employees, Alliance offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services. Benefits include, but are not limited to, tuition assistance, medical, dental, vision, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, paid holidays and vacations.

The Estimator reports directly to the Director of Construction Management from a functional standpoint. He or she must maintain a satisfactory client relationship by relating to clients in a mature, thoughtful, professional and pleasant manner. He or she shall, when necessary, communicate effectively with client employees, building officials, engineers, testing agencies, Alliance Engineering employees and others in the execution of his or her duties.

Knowledge and Experience Required:
Must have practical experience in construction with a practical knowledge of the construction trades and their capabilities.
Must be able to read and interpret drawings and use electronic drawing takeoff programs.
Must be able to determine the constructability of a project.
Based on the drawings and a site visit/ review the estimator must be able to visualize the construction sequence of the project and do a very detailed work breakdown structure (WBS). He/ she must be able to sequence excavation, concrete foundations, slabs and walls work, block work, steel fabrication and erection, mechanical equipment, piping, plumbing, electrical work, equipment rigging and placement, crane work, various finishes, fire system installation, instrumentation and process programming; process start up and commissioning. Work has long hours between intermediate and final engineering drawings and delivery of the cost estimate.

Based on the customers’ requirements the WBS will be done in one of several formats:
o Master Format
o Actual work sequence from engineering, equipment ordering, construction, startup/ commissioning and turn over
o Customer supplied Capital Expenditure format
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Cost estimate will be presented in one of the following formats
o Microsoft Project
o Sage Estimating,
o Excel
o Customer provided format

Be able to coordinate with subcontractors and suppliers and get Capex level pricing from them.
Working knowledge of tariffs and equipment import requirements, shipping and truck transport, and rail delivery methods and costs.
Able to develop construction schedules in Microsoft Project
Able to take the cost estimate and develop a project cash flow analysis in excel or a customer provided format.
Solicits and maintains communication with subcontractors and vendors during the estimate/ bidding process.
Prepares statements of work for the various subcontractor estimate/ bid packages.
Transmits addenda and other estimate/ bid information to subcontractors.
Shows creativity and resourcefulness to gain better pricing from subcontractors.
Submits 100% of bid packages and budgets by the estimate/ bid deadline – no exceptions.
Estimator must be able to hand off the cost estimate, schedule, and award package to the construction manager going to run the project.
Handle all subcontractor interactions in a manner designed to build a long-term relationship.
Build strong win-win relationships with other AEI departments, including project.
management, marketing, business development, accounting, and other estimators.
Initiate personal development program to build professional and managerial skills.
Read local business and relevant construction trade publications.
Initiate suggestions for company-wide process improvements.
Research and maintain technological excellence in their work environment.
Develop creative solutions to problems.
This position requires at least three to five years of experience in the construction industry, preferably in a supervisory or management position.
A working knowledge of OSHA requirements is necessary.
A valid driver’s license is required.
This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills.
Strong organization skills are necessary.
Time management skills are a critical requirement of this position.
This position requires a working knowledge of appropriate codes and standards

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