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Senior Estimator - Specialty Foundations - Kiewit Foundations Co


Omaha, NE, US Denver, CO, US Lenexa, KS, US Seattle, WA, US Chicago, IL, US

Requisition ID: 113226 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Department: Estimating 

Market: Industrial 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Are you looking to continue to grow your career and make an impact?  As a Senior Estimator, you will play a significant part in the success of Kiewit Foundations Co. by directly managing the execution of specialty foundations project estimates. A strong technical and practical background in specialty foundations and/or geotechnical construction is required. 

This position reports to the Estimating Department Manager in a fast-paced office environment. Must be able to interact professionally with all levels of management, client representatives, staff and contractors while maintaining a diverse workload.  


District Overview

Kiewit Foundations Co. is a full-service geotechnical foundation contractor operating across North America. Our experience and expertise cover a wide range of specialty foundation construction for both structural and ground improvement solutions. We operate in the transportation, power, water/wastewater, mining, building, industrial, and oil, gas, and chemical markets.  As part of Kiewit we are integrated with 135 years of construction and engineering experience that provides wholistic solutions to the industry that are unmatched. 
Our rapidly growing foundations business, which includes drilled shafts, micro pile, driven pile, augercast-in-place pile, full displacement pile, soil mixing, support of excavation, anchors, tie-backs, stone columns, and other geotechnical solutions is a multi-faceted and leading-edge division of Kiewit focused on delivering differentiated solutions.  
We are an innovative team that works on both Kiewit projects and with other general contractors across all our markets.  Our staff collaborates with Kiewit’s engineering group comprised of more than 60 geotechnical engineers as well as premier external geotechnical engineering firms to deliver safe and cost-effective solutions that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence. 
On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. Kiewit’s culture encourages training, developing your skills, and tailoring your experience and knowledge to allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success. 



Kiewit Foundations Co. has its headquarters in Omaha, NE and operates across North America via regional locations in Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, and Lenexa, KS.  This position is will be assigned to one the regional offices.  

One of the many things that makes Kiewit’s culture unique is that we go where the work is, which exposes your career to abundant opportunities. We relocate our teams based on the work that is available, combined with the development plans, skill sets and career goals of each team member. This means your Kiewit adventure is custom-designed to meet our shared needs. 



  • Review, analyze and interpret Contract Documents (RFP, specifications, drawings, and reference information) to develop detailed, comprehensive cost estimates for specialty foundations projects
  • Perform tasks related to quantity takeoff and pricing of specialty foundations projects 
  • Coordinate with engineers/designers to provide constructability input and value engineering for preliminary project plans
  • Participate in kick-off meetings, estimate brainstorms, and estimate reviews
  • Solicit & analyze subcontractor and material quotes for responsiveness to the estimate and project requirements
  • Identify, quantify, and communicate risk throughout the estimating process
  • Perform site visits and investigations as needed


Basic Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of related experience in heavy construction / estimating
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Construction Management, Engineering or related degree
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Broad knowledge and ability to understand project scheduling, cost control, specifications, and engineering drawings
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity
  • Possess strong mathematical and computer skills
  • Must be able to meet deadlines
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Candidates must possess a strong work ethic
  • Work independently as well as part of a team
  • Good attention to detail with the ability to recognize discrepancies
  • Knowledge of construction methods, costs and techniques
  • Knowledge of construction safety and current federal & OSHA Requirements
  • Ability to perform duties in wide-ranging physical and climatic conditions, heights and negotia¬tion of complex stair structures
  • Must be willing to travel as the job requires


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of geotechnical engineering, ground improvement techniques, structural deep foundation methods, and support of excavation (SOE) operations
    • Ground Improvement experience includes rigid inclusions, soil mixing, vibro-replacement (stone columns), vibro-compaction, compaction grouting, permeation grouting, jet grouting, and deep dynamic compaction
    • Structural deep foundation experience includes micropiles, drilled shafts, auger-cast-in-place piles, driven piles
    • Support of excavation experience includes secant pile, anchors, and tie-backs
  • Recent knowledge of Bluebeam and Adobe/PDF software preferred 
  • Working knowledge of Hard Dollar / InEight Estimate software or any similar software suite

Base Compensation: $76,000  - $125,000 
(Actual compensation is subject to variation due to such factors as education, experience, skillset, and/or location)

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

Nearest Major Market: Omaha
Nearest Secondary Market: Council Bluffs

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