Senior Estimator - Infrastructure


Bellevue, WA, US, 98006 Seattle, WA, US, 98104

Graham is a growing, dynamic and innovative construction solutions provider with history of success dating back to 1926. As an employee-owned company, you’ll be able to capitalize on our collective success by becoming an owner yourself. You’ll also be able to take advantage of professional development, learning and growth opportunities, while working on exciting, leading-edge projects.

 We are seeking top tier talent to further strengthen our capabilities. We provide a collaborative and caring culture and the necessary tools and support for you to succeed, both personally and professionally. If you’re eager to work on innovative projects, be part of a great team and become an employee-owner, Graham is the place for you.

 As a member of our Infrastructure group, you will provide insight and innovative construction solutions to ensure the successful execution of various infrastructure projects, such as: roadways, highways and interchanges; bridges and overpasses; water and wastewater treatment facilities; transmission lines; general/public transportation including airports, seaports and light rail transit lines (LRTs); and conventional and alternative power generation like wind farms and district energy facilities. You will also further hone your skills operating under various delivery methods including Design-Build, P3 (Public-Private Partnership), Construction Management and IPD (Integrated Project Delivery).




The Estimating Manager is responsible for overseeing all of the estimating operations within a smaller business unit or a portion of the estimating operations within a larger business unit, and leads estimating process by developing divisional manpower, coaching / mentoring, providing input into project pursuit approvals, overseeing allocation of estimating resources, reviewing estimates, and managing tender closings / pursuit submissions. The incumbent maintains strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal managerial leadership, as well as a thorough understanding of the company’s objectives, and is able to think strategically and develop innovative ways of aiding the company’s success from an estimating and market relationship perspective. 


Essential Functions 



  • Provide coaching and mentorship to the estimating team throughout all aspects of the estimating process.  

  • Oversee project scope of work reviews to ensure completeness of estimates and that all technical specifications, subcontractor scopes, and general condition items have been quantified and costed. 

  • Identify and develop constructability requirements for orders of magnitude and high level budgeting. 

  • Propose and approve project risk and cost mitigation as well as the potential for project opportunities and cost savings. 

  • Propose and approve potential bid strategies, constructability requirements, and advantages or innovations to increase bidding success. 

  • Review and confirm labour and equipment productivities are based on historically correct values through analytics and other sources. 

  • Confirm subcontractor bids as selected are clear of irregularities and ensure the full scope of work is included. 

  • Participate in or lead the bid close of larger sized or more complex projects. 

  • Oversee bid closings of mid to large projects led by more junior team members. 

  • Review requirements, delegate work and assemble overall conceptual and budget costs using past project analytics, benchmarking, and historical data. 

  • Develop scopes of work for subcontractors to provide budgeting assistance on larger and more complicated projects 

  • Engage in subcontractor post award scope clarification and negotiation. 

  • Conduct market testing or benchmark costing to ensure estimates / budgets reflect current construction values. 


Planning and Process 

  • Assess manpower planning and allocation throughout the estimate lifecycle, including operations personnel where required. 

  • Lead the estimating team on large or more complex projects pursuit. 

  • Manage the Kick-Off Meeting and weekly strategy meetings, and chair any formal meetings for large complex projects, ensuring the estimating process will meet the milestone dates established. 

  • Instill and guide autonomy in the team to prioritize the work, set deliverables, and select the appropriate work execution methods. 

  • Develop strategic planning skills, including workforce / succession planning and medium-term business planning. 

  • Provide input to the business development process, assuring potential projects and clients are tracked and monitored regularly. 

  • Monitor the estimating work business plan and update / integrate with the operations overall business plan. 

  • Encourage and track best practices within the estimating group towards continuous improvement of the estimating process. 


Financial Accountabilities 

  • Oversee all estimates, including detailed review of others’ work. 

  • Provide input and influence in the fee discussion and risk quantification review 

  • Review and approve risk mitigation plan, ensuring proper bonding and insurance costing and appropriate contingencies. 

  • Advise and selecting and inviting to tender trade partners that are assessed to be financially viable with adequate manpower and appropriate level of expertise to complete the work. 

  • Review and provide input to mitigate potential pressures on fee and lead discussions to properly assess and calculate fee. 


Client Focus 

  • Build effective relationships with clients, consultants, subcontractors, suppliers, and internal stakeholders (operations staff) that reflect and support Graham core values and Graham brand image. 



  • Demonstrate HSE and Quality behaviours that reflect corporate expectations of Actively Caring and Road to Zero. 

  • Identify project-specific HSEQ risks and propose mitigation plans for these items in the estimate. 





Education, Experience and Knowledge 

  • Degree is Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or related

  • Gold Seal Certified, LEED Accredited, LEAN experience, MRICS, and CIQS are all assets. 

  • 12-15 years of a combination of field and estimating experience, with senior estimating experience of at least 5 years.  

  • Experience with different procurement methods and demonstrated successful experience Design-Build transportation projects. 

  • Ability to collaborate with operations, different business units, internal and external clients, and stakeholders. 

  • Thorough understanding of most contract types. 

  • Proficiency in the use of corporate software suites, MS Excel, scheduling software (Primavera preferred), quantification software (such as OnScreen Takeoff, Bluebeam, Agtek), and BIM modelling is an asset. 

  • Full understanding of all subcontractor scopes of work with the ability to develop scopes of work and Requests for Proposal / Requests for Quotation. 

  • Ability to identify and assess risk and opportunities (win strategy). 


Working Conditions 

  • The majority of work is completed in the office with some mobility required locally for site walkthroughs, site condition reviews, and in-progress project visits. 

  • Occasional travel to other branches to offer short term support may be requested. 

  • Due to the nature of non-negotiable closing times, flexibility with working hours may be required to ensure deadlines are met (eg. longer working days, weekends). 

  • This position is exempt from overtime compensation. 




Compensation and Benefits:

  • Opportunity for ownership and increased income through dividends and share equity increases
  • Sharing of annual profits paid out in bonuses
  • Excellent Health & Dental benefits plan, Life insurance, AD&D. LTD and Flex Plan
  • 401(k) savings plan with employer matching upon eligibility
  • 12 paid holidays a year
  • 3 to 5 weeks of vacation per year, with credit for prior industry experience
  • Professional and career development opportunities

What we can offer you:

  • Strong commitment to safety in the workplace
  • Grounded and family-oriented workplace in a progressive environment that is at the forefront of a fast-evolving business sector
  • Commitment to the training and wealth of opportunities for career development across job categories, project types and locations around North America

Graham is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and employment selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Graham does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by country, regional or local law.

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Applicants with disabilities will be accommodated if you are unable to apply online.

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Graham Management Services LP
#120 - 13555 SE 36th Street

Bellevue, WA
98006 USA

The Graham Advantage

• We are one of North America’s largest General Contractors

• Graham is 100% employee owned

• We champion development of our employees, including having accredited PMP and Gold Seal training available in-house

• We have a balanced portfolio of exciting, challenging, and career-defining projects

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Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue