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Burns & McDonnell Senior Estimator - Water (Chicago/Detroit) in Detroit, Michigan


The Senior Estimator will be responsible for leading the preconstruction and estimating services for Water and Wastewater projects for the construction group supporting a regional global office based in Chicago, while supporting offices throughout the Midwest. They will lead the estimates and proposals for various projects with a diverse portfolio of project types and clients, while supporting and executing business startegy. This position will assist clients in making fact based decisions by presenting accurate estimates in a credible and professional manner while minimizing risk to the company.

  • Lead estimating strategy and implementation efforts primarily focused on water and wastewater projects in Construction.

  • Partner with EPC PM to oversee the preconstruction efforts for the project team and ensures successful execution and completion of the preconstruction process for all pricing efforts including propsals and major change orders for the group.

  • Capable of performing process/mechanical/CSA discipline estimates, including BMcD's self-performance estimates. Capable of managing and reviewing electrical & instrumentation estimates.

  • Coordinate and interface with the WTR Regional Global Practice Manager and National Director of Water - Construction

  • Review and approve project summary schedules for validity.

  • Manage workload scheduling to ensure timely completion of deliverables.

  • Asist in the risk review process.

  • Responsible for compliance with estimating methodology insuring quality estimates are produced.

  • Lead project team review for estimating quantities and scope of project.

  • Responsible for reviewing and approving quotes on bonds and insurance.

  • Review and approve small and disadvantaged business solicitation and evaluations.

  • Lead subcontractor solicitation and pre-qualification reviews.

  • Responsible for reviewing and approving specialty and standard equipment pricing.

  • Review and verify subcontractor bid packages before being transmitted for quotes.

  • Present the estimate to internal and external clients.

  • Responsible for the review of final estimate before management review and proposal presentation.

  • Lead estimating teams for completion of pre-construction services.

  • Responsible for cost history, data base management and estimating process.

  • Approve price general conditions, indirect costs and review as provided by project management team.

  • Make final recommendations as to fee, contingency and escalation.

  • Provide man hour quotes for required estimating effort.

  • Develop strategy on contract partnering agreements.

  • Prepare and present estimating data for risk review process.

  • Verify and approve estimates for joint venture reviews.

  • Review commercial terms and conditions and address risk issues.

  • Review and validate value engineering items, alternates and options.

  • Responsible for the accuracy and validity of estimate clarifications and assumptions.

  • Review documents for gaps and overlaps in scope of work.

  • Train and mentor staff.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field. Applicable experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.

  • A minimum of 7 years of direct project estimating experience

  • Ability to work independently or in groups, think creatively and analytically, and make quick and sound decisions

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Expert with Microsoft Office, ConEst and K-base.

  • OSHA 10 hour safety certification required.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


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Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-MI-Detroit

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 240239

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-KJ #CDB