Senior Estimator

The future you want is within reach.


At PCL, we build the places where life happens and find camaraderie in the process. We're a community of builders committed to building better communities. That's why we're always looking ahead, and not just to the next project or what's next in our industry.


We're also looking at what's next for you and how we can help you build a career you're proud of. PCL is a dynamic organization that embraces innovation and continually looks ahead to what’s next for our industry and for our employees.


Here's how a Senior Estimator for our California Buildings district in our Irvine office contributes to our team:


  • Conducts detailed analysis of contract documents (isometric, as-built, and engineering drawings) and specifications for large hard-bid / lump sum, construction management and small to medium design-build projects to determine overall project requirements (bonding, insurance, etc.).
  • Captures and understands trade scopes, and communicating gaps / missing information.
  • Leads  pricing of the general expense and project-specific general requirements for medium to large projects (lump sum and construction management).
  • Assists in preparing final tender documents to submit to the client to meet contract deadline requirements.
  • Performs conceptual quantity take-offs to support construction management and design-build pursuits.
  • Solicits competitive pricing from trade contractors and suppliers for pursuit support.
  • Establishes team assignments and identifying estimating review dates.
  • Reviews all work performed by estimators on the pursuit for quality and accountability.
  • Uses contract terms to identify risks/opportunities associated with contract/project documents.
  • Reviews all bids, performs bid evaluation and selects the best trade contractor pricing.
  • Leads the development of a conceptual estimate/design-build bid submission for complex projects and/or with key clients.
  • Organizes bid closing and preparing to meet submission deadlines.
  • Recognizes risks related to project-specific requirements, site, schedule and market conditions/constraints.
  • Supervises, directs, coaches, trains and mentors direct and indirect reports.
  • Develops and maintains strong customer-focused relationships with all stakeholders, specifically trade contractors for best price.
  • Other duties as required.


What you will bring to the role:

  • Twelve (12) years of progressive experience in construction cost estimating with 12 months of onsite experience preferred.
  • Successfully led pursuits valued up to $250 million in delivery model hard bid/lump sum, construction management/cost reimbursable/target price and/or design build.
  • Experience with a self-perform estimates and productivity understanding.
  • Knowledge and understanding of different construction methods, planning, scheduling, sequencing, potential problems and timelines and is a district champion in these matters.
  • Extensive knowledge of key principles involved in bid preparation, including quantity take-off procedures, trade contractor procurement, pricing and bid closing procedures.
  • Uses market conditions and business trends and identifies competitor strengths and weaknesses to influence bid-win strategies.
  • Experience estimating multiple scopes and working knowledge of applicable products and systems.
  • Able to build a conceptual estimate without drawings/specifications.
  • Able to review project cost reports (for historical information regarding various disciplines), to use in strategic bid win strategies.
  • Ability to lead successful teams.

PCL is an innovative, employee-owned company comprised of people who find passion in their profession and take pride in doing great work every day. Our work powers the infrastructure and utilities that are essential to daily life and our projects are the scene of vacations, careers, education and healing. We are consistently ranked among the best companies to work for because we are committed to supporting and developing our teams.

The PCL Companies celebrate diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or veteran status.

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Together, we can build success and a better future. Let’s get started!


Target Start Date: 08/30/2022  

Employee Status: Regular Full-Time   

Company: PCL Construction Services, Inc. 

Primary Location: Irvine, California 

Job: Senior Estimator

Requisition: 460  

Nearest Major Market: Irvine California
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles