Work in Ames

Sr. Estimator

Company Name:
Keen Project Solutions
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted Date:
January 31, 2023
Deadline Date:
June 30, 2023
Job Category:
Home Base Iowa Company:
Job Description:

The Senior Estimator is responsible for the overall scope development and cost estimate based on conceptual design criteria with minimal design documents. They will manage all bid documents and others’ work, prepare plan take-off calculations, cost estimates, assemble and present bid packages, establish owner budget, monitor scope and costs throughout the entire design process. The Senior Estimator will negotiate and execute agreements with subcontractors and its suppliers, prepare project schedules and submittals, lead construction progress meetings, monitor project correspondence, report, and help solve potential cost issues or schedule problems to successfully complete projects.  This role profile is subject to change at any time. 



  • Assess site exposures, construction risks, appropriately analyze costs, and reflect these in the estimate.  

  • Ensure Project Safety Plans, Safety Policies and Procedures are included on all construction projects.   

  • Comply with risk management programs applicable to assigned projects, including contracts, insurance, bonding, and any special owner or regulatory requirements.  Identify areas of risk and investigate solutions.  



  • Generate, develop leads, and contact potential clients to discuss options for proposed services.   

  • Build and retain working relationships with sub-contractors and clients and maintain subcontractor and supplier bid list.   

  • Administrate sub-contractor quotations, negotiate to ensure quotes meet contract documents, and issue properly documented purchase orders.  

  • Manage and review construction plans and specifications and distribute them to appropriate subcontractors and suppliers for bid. Manage subcontractor suppliers to clarify expectations, including scope and schedule.  

  • Work closely with our project partners to pre-plan and schedule to identify and eliminate constraints and manage risks.  

  • Lead the preparation of bid-day documents, including finalizing lump sum bid, alternates, and allowances while providing excellent customer service.   

  • Manage personnel resources effectively and oversee others in completing activities and preparing deliverables.  

  • Provide basic support for all other departments as needed, along with other assigned duties.   




  • Take ownership and pride in the bid process to win profitable jobs, see them built, and exceeded customer’s expectations.    

  • Produce efficient and precise GMP take-off reports while working in a fast-paced construction environment and meeting stringent deadlines.  

  • Analyze different proposals from a combination of subcontractor bids, supplier bids, unit prices applied to quantity take-offs, and utilizing spreadsheet-based estimating software.   

  • Manage unit pricing database for material, labor, and equipment costs.  

  • Calculate the project budget, estimate and monitoring of project costs, analyze and develop operational policies and procedures supporting the project activities and support the owners’ needs.   

  • Oversee the preparation of technical documents and proposals to respond to RFP’s. Analyze project costs, overheads, and markups.   

  • Effectively and efficiently develop and manage take-offs and proposal estimates for various construction projects. Perform quantity take-offs utilizing on-screen take-off software.  

  • Bid large and small projects with accurate and timely calculations.   

  • Identify constructability issues, value-engineering alternatives, and produce accurate estimates from conceptual and schematic drawings.  

  • Review for final approval or changes of final bid estimates, assure all individual and team’s work is accurate and complete.   



  • Consult with management regularly to maintain strategic link to business needs, working on multiple bids at any point in time.  

  • Optimize the estimating process and win more profitable jobs that match Keen’s strengths and required profit margins.  

  • Complete all phases of construction estimating, including systems level, conceptual, and hard bid cost.  

  • Assess the cost-effectiveness of products, projects, or services, track actual costs relative to bids as the project develops, and include value analysis, historical cost reports per bid-basis, and system comparison.  

  • Collect and manage historical cost data for future use, including reporting and analysis.  

  • Develop and lead estimating team to effectively manage projects, resolve issues, answer questions, solve problems, and make sure that final bids are accurate.   

  • Improved analysis by activity, phase, or other project breakdowns.   







  • Bachelor’s degree in construction engineering, construction management, industrial technology, or an associate’s degree in construction management or construction technology, may be given preference with years of experience.   

  • Minimum 6 years proven experience estimating construction projects.  

  • Certification in Construction Estimating or Project Management Professional, preferred.    

  • Working knowledge of basic computer programs like Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook, on-line collaboration tools and, software programs like On-Screen Takeoff and Timberline beneficial.  

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.   

  • Experience working in Industrial environments and knowledge of materials, methods, tools, and construction equipment involved in construction and industrial processes.  

  • Travel up to 30% or as needed, by air and ground.  



  • Sedentary strength demands include exerting up to 10 pounds occasionally or negligible weights frequently; sitting most of the time.  

  • Continuously requires vision, hearing, twisting, and talking.  

  • Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, sitting, and handling.  

  • Occasionally requires walking, lifting, carrying, reaching, kneeling, pushing/pulling, bending, and crouching.  

  • Rarely requires climbing. 


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position at this time.  


Keen Project Solutions is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment (minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws). The Company is a drug and alcohol free workplace and background checks are required if applicable. 


Benefits and additional Company Information is located on the career section of our website.  

Bachelor's, Construction management
5 years+
Travel Required:
Resume Required:
3001 SE Convenience Blvd.
Ste 101
Contact Person:
Tonya Salvucci
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