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Lead Estimator - Heavy Civil/Transportation


Forth Worth, TX, US

Requisition ID: 101641 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Department: Estimating 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

This is a staff position reporting to the Chief Estimator and will coordinate a team of Estimators’ activities, review and approval of estimates, records maintenance, and provide guidance to team members.  This person will lead team efforts to provide preconstruction services to our clients.  This includes developing a bid strategy, and leading and executing the entire bid process for both negotiated bids and hard bids.

District Overview

Kiewit's South Central District is one of Kiewit's leading infrastructure districts specializing in heavy civil, transportation, and water resource markets. Projects you could be working on could include mass grading, drainage, paving, utility and more.  Although most of our work is regionally based in the south-central region of the United States, we also pursue various projects stretching across the United States. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about infrastructure and committed to the construction industry as opposed to design.  


This position will be based out of Fort Worth TX.


• Establish and maintain budget control during Estimating/Precon phases of the project.
• Analyze, review and interpret engineering contracts, plans and specifications to develop detailed, comprehensive construction estimates for large, complex industrial projects.
• Manage the estimating function and associated workflow in a project environment. Coordinate input from internal and external groups required for estimates and proposals
• Ensure estimating and proposal activities are in accordance to Kiewit codes and standards.
• Prepare and provide value engineering solutions including cost/schedule implications. 
• Coordinate and maintain relationships with subcontractors and material vendors through the management of the estimating process, including solicitation of bids and constructability input. 
• Assist in the development and training of other estimating staff and work with the Marketing department in preparation of responses to RFP's and RFQ's.
• Participate in interview preparations for negotiated bids and assist in the prequalification process. 
• Manage dealings with subcontracts, subcontractors and/or self-perform work.
• Lead successful team ventures, including development of employees and maintaining relationships with external entities and subcontractor community.


•    Aiblity to travel as needed (<25%)
•    Undergraduate degree in construction management, construction engineering, civil engineer, or related field.
•    10+ years' estimating experience required where you have been the lead estimator for at least half that time.
•    Passion for preconstruction and estimating.
•    Applicant must be familiar with conceptual, hard bid and self-perform estimating.
•    Strong organizational and time management skills.
•    Must be detail oriented and technically sound with good communication skills.
•    Strong work ethic is a must.
•    Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
•    Ability to utilize computers, and experienced with Microsoft Office, On Screen takeoff, Hard Dollar, Timberline and/or MC2, or other estimating software programs.
•    Interested in professional development and continued education.
•    Hard Dollar Estimating Software experience, LEED AP distinction and BIM experience a plus.

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.