Southeast - Lead Estimator


Orlando, FL, US

Requisition ID: 166959 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Southeast District 

Department: Estimating 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

The Lead Estimator prepares and manages the opportunity through the life cycle of the estimating phases.  

District Overview

Kiewit's Southeast 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 building bridges, airports, mass transit systems, canals, dams, pump stations or tunnels.  Although most of our work is regionally based in the southeast region of the United States, we also pursue various projects stretching across the east coast. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about infrastructure and committed to the construction industry as opposed to design.


This position is based out of Orlando, FL


  • Estimating functions and associated workflows in a team environment.
  • Reviewing, analyzing and interpreting Contract Documents (specifications, drawings, and reference information) to develop detailed, comprehensive cost estimates for large, complex projects.
  • Ensuring estimates and proposals are performed in accordance with company practices and standards.
  • Establish and maintain budget control during Estimating & Preconstruction phases of the project.
  • Coordinate internal and external input required for estimates and proposals.
  • Participating in estimate reviews and presentations to senior management.
  • Assist with training of estimating staff.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with subcontractors and suppliers throughout the pre-bid process, including solicitation of bids and constructability input.
  • Manage comparisons between self-perform estimates and subcontractor quotes.
  • Prequalification and Proposal assistance functions
  • Preparing value engineering solutions; including cost, schedule, and Owner benefits.
  • Preparing responses to Request for Qualifications (RFQ's) and Request for Proposals (RFP's).
  • Participating in client interview presentations for negotiated bids.
  • Providing rough order of magnitude (ROM) estimates and phasing schedules.


  • Degree in Engineering with an emphasis in Civil, Structural, Construction Management, Drafting or related fields is preferred.
  • 5+ years’ experience in construction/estimating
  • Background in hard bid and design build procurement
  • Strong background in Excel as well as Construction Estimating Software
  • Candidates 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 project team including both in-house inter-discipline engineers and construction superintendents to provide clients the industry’s best of both engineering, procurement, and construction.#


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: Orlando

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