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Chief Estimator

Company: Knife River - Southern Idaho Division Department: Estimating
Location: Boise, ID Hiring Manager: Jessee W Rosin
Closing Date: 10/31/2020 at 11:59pm CDT Job Type: Full-Time
Job Summary:
Knife River is looking for a Chief Estimator to join our team! We offer a full benefits package after 60 days. Duties and responsibilities include:

• Assign and supervise the work of other estimators in one or more locations
• Effectively facilitate collaboration and accountability amongst all team members
• Accountable for reviewing and closing each bid developed by the estimating team while ensuring completeness and accuracy
• Review Invitations to Bid and RFPs
• Assesses project risks and develops plans to mitigate.
• Reviewing estimates with project managers, superintendents and other estimators to ensure project costs are accurately captured in the estimate
• Develop a clear understanding of the project specifications and bidding requirements.
• Compose and manage both verbal and written communication with the client
• Developing relationships with customers, subcontractors, and suppliers through direct communication
• Identifying constructability issues through the estimating process.
• Identifying value-engineering alternatives and other opportunities to gain a competitive advantage.
• Assure compliance with MBE/DBE requirements of contract in bid process. Assure that all appropriate subcontractors have been solicited
• Understand all safety, quality, and environmental standards and procedures and ensure appropriate costs are reflected in the estimate
• Review preliminary project schedule based on the information provided in the plans and specifications
• Tracking and documenting historical data for future use.
• Attend industry networking events as necessary to develop and maintain relationships with customers and vendors
• Serve as mentor to junior team members and provide counsel to experienced staff
• Appropriately represent the company during client interactions and other meetings
• Manage the project hand-off process to effectively communicate the project scope, complexities, and estimate strategy to the operations team.
• Other duties as assigned

Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Minimum Qualifications:
• 5 years of experience in a senior level estimating role in Heavy Civil
• Prior Management Experience
• Thorough understanding of external/internal market factors including competition levels, available projects, and resources that affect our business.
• Strong math skills
• Ability to read and interpret drawings.
• Understanding of geotechnical information
• Ability to communicate technical information both orally and in writing.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to anticipate and account for potential quality, safety, productivity and schedule implications in the production of the estimate.
• Advanced knowledge of construction principles and capabilities of manpower and equipment.
• Advanced understanding of bidding different contract types and the intricacies they present
• Proven ability to manage multiple bidding projects at the same time
• Valid Driver’s License and ability to drive
• Effectively perform job duties while maintaining the company’s core values
How To Apply
You may apply online at
If unable to apply online, mail completed application to:

5450 W. Gowen Road
Boise, ID 83709

Subject to pre-employment drug testing and background checks.

Knife River is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status or any other protected category under applicable state/federal law.
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