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Date:  Nov 26, 2023

Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Operating Sector:  Major Projects West

Position Title:  Estimator, Senior

Build Your Career at Aecon

Aecon is proud to build some of the most impactful infrastructure projects of this generation. From the roads and transit systems that connect our communities, to the communication networks that link us from coast-to-coast, and the water infrastructure that supplies our businesses and homes. Our integral work includes constructing the pipelines that join provinces with the energy that fuels the nation, and the airports and ports that connect us all. Aecon is there, safely and sustainably building the future.  


We lead the infrastructure industry with purpose, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our business success relies on strong execution and continuous improvement – driven by the diversity, expertise and teamwork of our employees. We are always searching the globe for exceptional candidates to join the Aecon family and be a part of our forward-thinking, innovative, best-in-class organization!  


Company operating name: Aecon Constructors, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.

Business legal name: Aecon Constructors, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.

Business address: 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Suite 2124, Vancouver, British Colombia

Title of position: Senior Estimator  

NOC: NOC 70010 – Construction managers

Location of Work: Vancouver, British Colombia and across Canada  

Office Location: Work is located at 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Suite 2124, Vancouver, British Colombia and Aecon sites across Canada  

Terms of Employment: This is a full-time, permanent position

Employment Conditions: Day, Morning, Evening

Start Date: As soon as possible

Number of positions: 1

Travel Requirements: Travel will be required to Aecon’s sites throughout Canada

Language: Must speak, read, and write in English


Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overseeing the accuracy of bid cost to actual cost of work performed.
  • Shared accountability for the overall financial performance of projects awarded.
  • Analyzes documents, drawings, specifications, proposals, addendums in preparation for pricing
  • Performs any estimate related oral and/or written communications with clients
  • Reviewing project site prior to price preparation
  • Obtains input from Operations staff as appropriate
  • Performs quantity take-off from construction drawings where applicable
  • Obtains pricing from suppliers and Subcontractors, and incorporate into estimate
  • Formulates all costs for tender submission – labour, equipment, material, rentals and subcontracts
  • Accountable for accuracy and completeness of tender submissions
  • Oversees the distribution of appropriate documentation appropriately upon award of project
  • Stationed on major project as required
  • Tracks, forecasts and reports weekly on the financial and operational performance of awarded projects and provides data for month-end reconciliations, where applicable
  • Manages Scope Changes as required
  • Coordinates invoicing or progress payment activities, where applicable
  • Maintains files and correspondence on active and completed projects
  • Provide technical support to field staff
  • Collaborates with Operations to drive project success and learning
  • Drives Estimating process / procedure compliance and consistency
  • Performs Post Bid / Post Project Analysis completion and that associated learning and communication takes place
  • Assists with RFP’s and General Contract tender submissions
  • Assists with Prequalification submissions, RFQ’s and RFI’s as required
  • Incorporates / complies with Aecon’s risk management policies and procedures
  • Drives positive relationships and serves as key contact with Clients, Consultants and key subcontractors
  • Protects all forms of proprietary information
  • Maintains Estimating data systems to ensure they are kept up to date
  • Assists in the training of newer Estimating staff as appropriate
  • Post award assist with set up of project schedule by providing requested information (costs, production rates, quantities)
  • Present all aspects of multi discipline scope (e.g. timing, constraints, risks, and potential cost saving opportunities and alternatives) to internal staff
  • Lead estimate closings for large complex projects
  • Accountable for accuracy of multi discipline estimates and related ancillary information
  • Responsible for the preparation and documentation of project estimates using estimating package and following estimating policy and procedures.
  • Coach and mentor junior estimators
  • Prepares and/or reviews project budgets at estimating close out to operations so cost reporting is impactful for future estimating needs.


Required Knowledge and Skills

  • 2-3 years’ experience in estimating within the construction industry
  • 2-3 years’ experience reviewing work of junior estimators
  • 2-3 years’ experience and mastery working knowledge of various types of construction contracts (e.g. Lump Sum, Cost Reimbursable, Unit Price, Target, Guaranteed Maximum Price, etc.)
  • 2-3 years’ experience and mastery working knowledge of industry standards, specifications, standards, contract language/Terms and Conditions/Bonding etc.
  • 2-3 years’ experience demonstrating deep technical expertise and understanding of regulatory requirements in one or more of Aecon’s operating markets (Nuclear, Utilities, Rail, etc…)
  • Highly degree of excellence at performing on-site investigations of each tender and accurately review and incorporate all site conditions that impact bid costs, ensure constructability. Leads and mentors others in this process.
  • Masters level abilities of estimates of all types, including independent identification, assessment, pricing of non-standard and concept designs from first principles.
  • Consistent and effective at successfully negotiating with vendors for project purchasing needs, conforming to Aecon’s project requirements including budgets and terms and conditions.
  • Mastery level understanding of balanced/un-balanced bids and forecasting margins at the tender stage.
  • With mastery coherently presents the essence/strategy of a completed estimate to management, defend its constructability, and defend calculated cost targets at a detailed level.
  • Excellent/mastery level at submitting written requests for clarifications from clients; consistently well worded, to Aecon’s advantage and never compromises Aecon’s position where we hold a bid advantage.
  • Mastery of the job handover process (from estimating to operations)
  • More extreme high end of this role:
  • Master level in creating back-up pricing plans in the estimating system for unexpected variances from vendors
  • Routinely negotiates savings from sub and supplier contract awards in excess of set goals
  • Mastery at productivity analysis across multiple projects, for in-house capabilities
  • Mastery ability to assess, measure, explain and take action on calculated risks during the bid phase
  • Routinely is the point-person representing Aecon in joint venture and/or design-build projects for client-facing and/or partner-facing responsibilities; is well-respected and looked up to by peers
  • Prepares and/or reviews project budgets at estimating close out to operations so cost reporting is impactful for future estimating needs.


Compensation and Benefits

  • $150,000 to $170,000 annually
  • Work 37.5 hours/week
  • Health benefits, such as prescription drug, medical services, dental and vision, and emergency out-of-country coverage, administered through our carrier, Canada Life
  • Income replacement benefits such as short and long term disability insurance, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Investment plans, such as a Defined Contribution Pension Plan (DCPP), Group Registered Retirement savings Plan (RRSP), Employee Share Purchase Program (ESPP)
  • Employee and family wellness tools, as offered through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Vacation and other paid and unpaid leaves of absence programs
  • Other benefits such as tuition reimbursement, employee discounts and subsidies
  • Might be eligible to receive annual pay increases and bonuses in excess of 2% as determined by the company and consistent with current market standards


Working Conditions and Environment

  • Primary work location at 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Suite 2124, Vancouver, British Colombia with work and travel required throughout Canada
  • Project, training and business-related travel may be required.
  • Exposure to construction work site environment in all seasons
  • Relocation within Canada may be required. Relocation costs covered by employer


Contact Information and How to Apply:

Mail: Suite 105, 20 Carlson Court, Toronto, Ontario M9W 7K6

Telephone: 416-297-2600

Fax: 403-695-3090




Aecon is an equal opportunity employer.


Upon request, Aecon accommodates candidates with disabilities throughout the hiring process.


Aecon fosters diversity, inclusion and belonging within and across our organization. We welcome all to apply including, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


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