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Chief Estimator/Director of Estimating

Fort Myers, Florida
Our client is a rapidly growing mechanical contractor with the financial backing of a national mechanical service company. The company is looking to bring a Chief Estimator to oversee large commercial and industrial mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects throughout Fort Myers and surrounding areas. The company is well-known in the marketplace and for its great culture.


•    Paid Health Plan
•    Paid Life Insurance
•    Dental, Vision, and Disability
•    401(k) Plan + Match
•    Paid Vacation
•    Vehicle and Cell Phone Allowance

Safety, training, and education are the keys to our success. We provide continued education in-house and through local apprenticeship training programs for employees, with additional training programs in safety.

Position Summary:
Plans, coordinates, supervises and/or prepares full estimates for large, complex work and contracts. Works with clients, subcontractors and vendors to generate budgets, proposals, hard bids, etc. for commercial, industrial and institutional HVAC and Plumbing projects. Responsible for review of all final estimate packages to insure accuracy and completeness. Perform negotiation of contract scope, buy-out of projects and write-ups for accounting. Develops and implements all department standards and procedures.

Commercial HVAC Estimator responsibilities include:
•   Coordinates, supervises and reviews work of assigned department personnel to ensure accuracy and completeness.
•   Provides technical support and/or prepares estimates as required.
•   Oversees weekly bid calendar and ensures timely completion of estimates.
•   Coordinates overall corporate estimating functions, including staff training.
•   Provides recommendations to Sr Vice President what projects to bid, strategies, techniques, etc. on a weekly basis.
•   Participates in reviews of current status of pending bids and upcoming bids with Sr Vice President on a weekly basis.
•   Assigns work to subordinates, directs and reviews their assignments and is responsible for accuracy and completeness of estimates prior to formal quotation.
•   Negotiates contracts, change orders, etc. as required.
•   Reviews proposal specifications, drawings, attend pre-bid meetings, bid strategy and presentation meetings as required for projects company has committed to bid.
•   Provides support to the Project Manager, as requested, for awarded contracts, including oversight of estimating/pricing extra work items, change orders, procuring materials, etc.
•   Effectively communicates estimating issues to senior management.
•   Leads negotiation of contract scope and verbiage w/ General Contractors on successful projects.
•   Provide Project Management with “Turn-Over Meetings” to convey all information compiled during the estimating process to Production.
•   Responsible for careful observance of corporate policies and objectives.
•   Responsible to hire, discipline and/or terminate based on need and perform periodic reviews for estimating staff.
•   Responsible for monitoring and maintaining estimating software and pricing service to assure estimates are accurate and department is efficient.
•   Assumes additional responsibilities as directed by the Sr Vice President.

Ideal candidate qualities include:

•    Minimum 10 years Previous experience as a Commercial HVAC Estimator
•    Having a thorough understanding of the principles, methods, and techniques of mechanical construction
•    Having knowledge of corporate and industry practices, processes, and standards, and how these factors impact project activities
•    Having working knowledge of on-screen estimating techniques, cost control, and pricing
•    Having effective negotiation skills
•    Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Construction Management or equivalent combinations of technical training and/or related experience.
•    Thorough knowledge of company procedures and estimating techniques plus industry standards, practices, and processes that impact the bid.
•    Ability to read, analyze and interpret drawings.
•    Ability to coordinate and supervise group work effort.
•    Ability to prepare complex proposals with minimum of supervision. Incumbent has profit/loss responsibilities.
•    Expert level of verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills with ability to speak clearly and persuasively. Demonstrate group presentation skills, phone and e-mail etiquette.
•    Ability to use significant independent judgment.
•    Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook skills.
•   In-depth knowledge of estimating software with strong proficiency and/or the ability to learn and thoroughly understand and train others in the use of QuickPen Estimating Software.
•   Excellent mathematical and analytical skills.
•  Organizational, supervisory and decision making/problem solving skills.

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