Estimating Manager - Oil, Gas, & Chemical


Houston, TX, US

Requisition ID: 171598 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Energy US District 

Department: Estimating 

Market: OGC 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

The Estimating Manager is a career-level professional that manages all aspects of the estimate from kickoff to turnover.  All estimate disciplines rely on you for leadership and the Estimate Sponsor depends on you to be the expert on indirect costs and estimate details.  You will work closely with the Estimate Sponsor to manage high-performing estimate teams. Your role is critical to make sure the Estimate Sponsor’s vision and strategic planning is passed to the team, so they estimate the job at the right cost. This position understands and owns the estimate throughout the process while following Kiewit’s estimating standards.  The Estimating Manager has the opportunity to learn and understand other roles of Kiewit’s OGC business to continue their career development.  The Estimating will assist and support the Estimate Sponsor when presenting estimates to the executive leadership team during estimate reviews.

District Overview

Kiewit Energy was established to better serve the diverse and expanding energy market. Kiewit Energy provides cohesive engineering, procurement and construction services to the oil, gas, refining, chemicals, petrochemicals, biofuels, and other process industries. Early Contract Involvement presence offering clients long-term relationships, providing integrated schedules, realistic construction estimates, and construction driven execution planning.


This position is located in the Energy Corridor in the greater Houston, TX area. 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.


•    This is a Estimating position leading a team environment and reporting to the Estimating Director.
•    Reviewing, analyzing and interpreting Contract Documents (RFP, specifications, drawings, and reference information) to develop detailed, comprehensive cost estimates for oil, gas, chemical projects. 
•    Lead and mentor a team of Junior Estimators on specific proposals.  
•    Ability to understand civil construction methods and be able to clearly communicate the means and methods used to price an estimate.
•    Ability to make assumptions based on experience when detailed plans are not provided, and front-end estimating is performed based on conceptual level designs. 
•    Ability to perform accurate quantity takeoffs for earthwork, concrete work, structural and miscellaneous steel, underground piping and drainage.
•    Identifying bid qualifications, risks, and assumptions along with quantities and pricing
ensuring estimates and proposals are performed in accordance with company practices and standards.
•    Participate in estimate reviews and presentations to department heads, and project management.
•    Manage comparisons between self-perform estimates and subcontractor quotes.
•    Ability to analyze Subcontractor and Material Quotes for responsiveness to the Estimate and project requirements, including subcontractor Prequalification and Proposal assistance functions.
•    Work with engineering team to preparing value engineering solutions; including cost, schedule, and Owner benefits.
•    Preparing responses to Request for Qualifications (RFQ's) and Request for Proposals (RFP's). 


•    Degree in Engineering or Construction Management with an emphasis in Mechanical, Piping, Civil, Structural, Construction Management, or related field is preferred.
•    10+ years’ experience in construction/estimating, preferably on oil, gas, chemical plant projects. 
•    Ability to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications
•    Strong attention to detail; strong communication, interpersonal, leadership, and team-building skills.
•    Strong background in Bluebeam or equivalent PDF Editor, Microsoft Office Suites, as well as Construction Estimating Software (Hard Dollar experience a plus).
•    Developed organizational and time management skills.
•    Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
•    Must possess a strong work ethic; good interpersonal skills; demonstrate good organization, verbal and written communication skills; excellent leadership skills.
•    Can travel occasionally and act independently with little or no supervision and as a team player.
•    Results oriented individual with the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities.
•    Work as a part of a large or small pursuit team and communicate effectively between departments and other staff members.


Other Requirements:

  • Regular, reliable attendance 
  • Work productively and meet deadlines timely
  • Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
  • Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
  • Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
  • May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.


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 do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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