Senior Estimator

Colas Ltd
Rowley Village
12 Apr 2018
10 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


To work closely with the Estimating Manager, Commercial team and other members of the UK Project team in the preparation of tenders for UK and International Projects.

Main Activities

  • Work closely with the Estimating Manager and other commercial staff to provide effective competitive estimating solutions for projects.

  • First principle estimating for majority of rates within estimating, experience of building up of time related preliminary costs.

  • Preparation of priced tender submissions, estimates and quotations required to meet the company strategy.

  • Identify project risks and opportunities through tender period including finding mitigations and pricing options.

  • Experience of working on estimates using NEC conditions of contract with various options.

  • Liaise well with all members of the UK Project team to maintain vision of the company’s approach to these tendering activities.

  • Work closely with the Estimating Manager to ensure consistent and effective estimating practices that are used across the company.

  • Conduct all duties and responsibilities in a manner that appropriately and adequately supports an estimating team located across the country.

  • Develop long term relationships with others in the team including operational staff, procurement and external supply chain and design partners.

  • Work closely with the commercial team and operational staff to ensure delivery of the tender proposals through secured contracts and to facilitate an effective learning loop between tender proposals and contract delivery to inform future tender/contract arrangements.

  • Communicate with Managing Estimator and Commercial Manager to continuously improve the estimating service through innovation, lessons learned and best practice knowledge supported by demonstrable evidence of such improvement.

Person Specification


  • Relevant qualification and/or experience within the Highways, Airports and Civil Engineering sector(s).

  • Ideal Degree in civil engineering or Quantity Surveying / Higher National Certificate / Diploma.


  • Estimating / Commercial position with contractor or client for Highways / Airports.

  • Working as an Estimator with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the role.

  • Ideally experience in Highways & Airports Projects and Maintenance works.

  • Familiar with NEC Conditions of Contract documents.

Personal Skills

  • Highly motivated and self-reliant individual.

  • Experience of producing estimates for large projects.

  • Experience of using estimating software packages (Causeway/Candy/similar) and IT literate in Microsoft Office suite.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with clients and internal customers.

  • Good organisational skills / ability to work to tight deadlines.

  • A strong personality who can persuade and motivate others.

  • Ability to work as part of a team and use own initiative.

  • Problem solving & innovative thinking for tender solutions.

Colas is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applicants from all minority groups.

Recruitment agencies

Colas UK currently works with a number of approved recruitment suppliers. We will therefore not consider CVs or speculative proposals from any other agencies. Recruitment agencies not currently approved as preferred suppliers are kindly requested not to submit speculative CVs to any part of Colas UK.

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