Lead Estimator - Southern California


SantaFe Springs, CA, US Los Angeles, CA, US

Requisition ID: 172374 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Southern California District 

Department: Estimating 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit’s Southern California District is seeking Lead Estimators responsible for the successful acquisition and execution of our projects. The Lead Estimator will work with senior managers, estimators, schedulers and other construction professionals across Kiewit’s divisions, as well as with other construction and engineering firms.

District Overview

Kiewit’s Southern California District is one of Kiewit’s leading infrastructure districts specializing in heavy civil projects that include earth moving, water/wastewater, transportation, roadways, and power projects. Most of our work is concentrated in the Southern California region. 


This position is located at our district office in Santa Fe Springs, CA


•    Monitor and supervise indirect project estimates and bid information to ensure accurate and timely information.
•    Preparation of indirect project estimates to ensure all factors are properly considered, priced, and included in the estimate. Will review estimates prepared by other estimating groups or JV partners to determine the completeness of data used, and procedures, and will aid in resolving differences in bid items.
•    Assist in the collection and analysis of man-hour and cost information from projects for the use of historical data.
•    Support the estimate project schedule and determine requirements for staffing, equipment, and temporary facilities. 
•    Reviews the Owner’s plans and specifications to develop a comprehensive understanding of the project, which will aid in developing a plan for construction and will ultimately serve as the basis for the estimate. 
•    Reviews all bid and contract documents and reviews Home Office Legal Department opinions.
•    Will conduct a site investigation prior to forming a plan of operations to acquaint him/herself with any problems or conditions of an unusual nature that may be present.
•    Will utilize engineer techniques and procedures in conducting the investigation and adhere to standard company policy and procedures in obtaining the complete information required or necessary.
•    Will perform design work as required by the nature of the project that is beyond the scope of experience of the Engineer-Estimator and must be capable of handling major technical problems encountered during bid preparation. 
•    Must keep current on various trends and developments, such as new equipment, methods, and procedures that are developing in the industry and in his/her specialized area (i.e., mechanical, electrical, etc.). 
•    Prepares special engineering studies or reports required by the unusual nature of some bid items or conditions. Consults with Owners on various problems discovered during bid preparation, design, rates, schedules, etc.


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Civil Engineering, or construction management, OR extensive and related work experience leading to a thorough understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities described above.
  • 10+ years' related experience
  • 5+ years' of construction field experience, 2+ years' of estimating and precon experience is preferred
  • Exceptionally strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, leadership, and team-building skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products (e.g., Excel, Work, Outlook, PowerPoint).


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.

Base Compensation: $118,000 - $225,000

(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 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: Palm Springs
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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