Preconstruction Estimator

$150,000 - $190,000 yearly
  • The Paulsen Group
  • Whittier, CA, USA
  • Oct 13, 2021
Full time Other Real Estate

Job Description


  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Prepare Conceptual Budgets / Negotiated Pre-Construction Agreements.
  • Attend pre-construction meetings, bring on Design Build trades and provide input on constructability and design solutions in relation to cost effectiveness.
  • Reconcile budget estimates with pricing updates and contract values.
  • Coordinate meetings with Field Operations to determine constructability, perform detailed concrete take-offs and calculate pricing using various sources.
  • Work closely with material and equipment suppliers.
  • Manage Negotiated and Hard Bid process as the Lead Estimator for various projects.
  • Review bid documents for accuracy, completeness and special project requirements.
  • Set-up trades, proposed subcontractor list and project description in Building Connected.
  • Generate RFIs for plan and specification discrepancies.
  • Attend client pre-bid meetings, visit project site and assess site constructability.
  • Coordinate job walks and discuss project with key trades for accurate pricing.
  • Assign trades and oversee other estimators work / assist other Lead Estimators as a trade analyzer on their projects.
  • Work with construction team to identify trade specific scope of work, and generate accurate scheduling.
  • Prepare General Conditions pricing for management of the project.
  • Review and analyze / qualify all sub proposals to ensure a complete scope of work.
  • Utilize On-Screen Take-off for quantity survey and/or overlay of drawings.
  • Review take-off quantities generated by other Estimators and trade subcontractors.
  • Prepare final Bid Package for submission to client including review of marketing materials, creation of proposal letter and estimate summary.
  • Provide value engineering ideas to clients.
  • Prepare GMax Bid Book and meet with client to review pricing.
  • Review project status during course of construction for lessons learned and budget tracking.


Minimal travel may be required.

Education/ Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management or other related field required or equivalent combination of technical training and/or related experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Proficient in use of On-Screen Take-off.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications such as: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to accurately and efficiently estimate construction costs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment.
  • Able to work effectively on an individual basis, as well as part of a team.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.