Date:  Feb 18, 2021

Toronto, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Civil East

Estimating Manager

At Aecon, we’re building the future and our people are at the heart of everything we do. We're always looking for exceptional talent to work on our exciting and ever-expanding project portfolios. We are focused on being the #1 Canadian Infrastructure Company and the first choice employer in our industry.



Purpose of the Position

Safe. Trusted. Respected.

Aecon Civil is a market leader with a self-perform competitive advantage and core local strength in key markets. We’re proud of our work helping to expand and improve Canada’s infrastructure and transportation networks, and we’re ready to build the future of our country. With over a century of experience, and the ability to offer diverse, comprehensive services, Aecon is a preferred contractor for our clients. This includes numerous public entities and Public-Private Partnerships in Canada and abroad.


Reporting to the Estimating Director, the Estimating Manager will be working within the Civil East- Major projects group, leading a team of estimators on Joint venture Bids. The Estimating Manager will be responsible for the functions of the estimating team on the individual bids, implementing plans and policies to achieve division and corporate objectives. To deliver, properly organized estimates, budget and schedules, and ensure the necessary systems and procedures are in place, to manage Aecon’s risk. Create innovative estimating ideas and provide a competitive advantage to impact Aecon’s ability to win work and generate revenue.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead a team of 8-10 Estimators.
  • Provide oversight and guidance for bids and proposals.
  • Assist the Estimating Director in the management and development of the estimating department.
  • Manage and lead the estimating effort of projects through the proposal stage, including involvement in and chairing of team meetings. 
  • Provide Value engineering. Review design options and recommend best solution based on cost, engineering, quality, or availability of materials. 
  • Chair meetings and set project goals. 
  • Lead the estimating input to the risk assessment and management process - Identify risk areas and bring them to attention of risk manager. Contribute to the population of the Risk Register.  
  • Consistently and insightfully formulate all tender costs—labour, material, equipment, and procure subcontractor scope and costs—for quotation submission. 
  • Lead the estimate close-out process, including tender reviews and sub-proposal reviews and analysis.
  • Ensure compliance with Aecon estimating policy, risk management policy and standard operating procedures. 
  • Lead the successful transition and handover of estimating documents to the project execution teams.
  • Develop and manage data and metrics to improve and support a successful estimating process.
  • “Own” the responsibilities of Senior Estimators, Estimators, Junior Estimators and Trainee Estimators, as relevant, and provide mentorship and guidance.
  • Maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, and subcontractors.
  • Any other duties as assigned by his/her manager.


Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Diploma or Degree within Civil Construction or equivalent combination of training. 
  • 10+ years of Estimating and Operational experience within Major Project Estimating, including Design-Build with 5+ years in a management role.
  • Professional Engineer, or equivalent, designation preferred.
  • Large infrastructure project and bid experience (rail, roads, bridge) with an estimated value of $500M+.
  • Proven experience leading large bids involving multiple work types/disciplines. 
  • Expert in reading and understanding construction drawings and documents.
  • Thorough knowledge of contract language/Terms and Conditions/Bonding, etc. 
  • Computer literate – working knowledge of MS Excel/Word/Project, P6, Hard Dollar or similar estimating software.
  • Strong knowledge of project controls, including costs and scheduling and general requirements of construction projects.


Necessary Competencies

  • Leadership skills
  • Good communication skills – oral and written.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure.
  • Ability to work with others as a team.
  • Organization and strong time management skills.
  • Able to interact with external stakeholders. 
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Results oriented.
  • Analytical skills
  • Adaptability to respond to change.
  • Able to think both technically and strategically.
  • Strong skills in staff management and development
  • Strong Negotiation skills


Aecon has every intention of fostering diversity within and across our organization. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


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