Date:  Nov 11, 2020

Windsor, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Civil East

Lead Estimator

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.



Position Overview 


Based out of the Gordie Howe Project office in Windsor, this position is responsible for the overall implementation and direction for the assigned area of the estimating functions to provide services, procedures, and methods for the timely and accurate issuance of estimates and supporting documentation to the client and project management. In responding to estimating requests, is responsible for ensuring that departmental and company requirements are met. This position may direct the quantitative development of material, labor, and subcontract take-offs, as well as the coordination of information among Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Maintenance.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develops the estimate plan and coordinate estimate development with the project team
  • Leads the development of the total project estimate; detailed and/or conceptual
  • Prepares the total Project Basis of Estimate
  • Prepares the Estimate Risk Analysis and make cost contingency recommendations
  • Analyzes and make independent recommendations regarding solutions to problems with varying complexity in accordance with organization and/or project objectives and guidelines
  • Responsible for 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
  • Reviews 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
  • 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 / 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 Project Analysis completion and that associated learning and communication takes place
  • Incorporates / complies with 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
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Knowledge and Experience 


  • 10 years’ experience in estimating within the construction industry
  • Experience reviewing work of junior estimators
  • Mastery working knowledge of various types of construction contracts (e.g. Lump Sum, Cost Reimbursable, Unit Price, Target, Guaranteed Maximum Price, etc.)
  • Mastery working knowledge of industry standards, specifications, standards, contract language/Terms and Conditions/Bonding etc.
  • In addition, incumbents will be required to demonstrate deep technical expertise and understanding of regulatory requirements.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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


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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