Sr. Estimator- Buildings


Seattle, WA, US, 98104

Graham is an employee-owned construction solutions partner that services the buildings, industrial, infrastructure, water and project finance sectors. We deliver lasting value for our clients through meticulous planning and scheduling, while upholding rigorous safety and quality standards. With offices throughout North America, our passionate and knowledgeable teams deliver projects that enable communities to thrive and people to live, work, move and grow in a rapidly changing world. With over nine decades of experience, Graham has the resources, capacity and expertise to undertake projects of every scope, scale and complexity. Join our team to deliver a better tomorrow.

We are seeking top-tier talent to join our Buildings division and deliver innovative projects in the healthcare, education, hospitality, recreational, entertainment, retail, commercial office, mixed-use, multi-family residential and light industrial sectors. As a member of this collaborative team, you can expect a safe, diverse and inclusive environment, and on-going learning and career development opportunities.



About the Role

Reporting to the Estimate Manager, the Sr. Estimator assists, supports, or leads the estimating team on higher complexity project pursuits. The individual is accountable for determining project scopes, providing accurate quantifying / costing, managing deadlines, and mentoring the more junior team members.


 As a Sr. Estimator at Graham, you will:

  • Determine the project scope of work. 
  • Set-up and complete estimate in company standard estimating program. 
  • Prepare preliminary construction schedules based on self-perform productivities and subcontractor input to determine project duration and resulting overhead costs. 
  • Complete estimate quantification and draft costing of labor including productivities, equipment including productivities, material, and subtrade plugs. 
  • Identify and develop constructability requirements for project construction. 
  • Analyze design criteria and assist in recommending best options based on cost, engineering quality, and availability of materials. 
  • Identify and propose project risk and cost mitigation as well as the potential for project opportunities and cost savings. 
  • Analyze and propose potential strategies, advantages, or innovations for the project that could provide Graham with a more competitive bid. 
  • Draft application of labor and equipment productivities to estimates based on historically accurate values. 
  • Analyze subcontractor bids for irregularities and ensure the full scope of work is included. 
  • Participate in or lead the bid close with the oversight of the Estimate Manager.
  • Develop scopes of work for subcontractors to provide budgeting assistance on smaller, less complex projects (or as a team member under a more senior lead). 
  • Prepare an estimate schedule of all activities required to complete a fully quantified and costed estimate (or delegated scope) based on a full review of the Estimate Checklist (includes identifying milestone dates and highlighting any required support resources). 
  • Lead a small team of support estimators and operational staff, assisting with the planning of their time and overseeing delegation and quality of work. 
  • Provide accurate assessments of risk and scope for completed estimates. 
  • Generate and assess risk mitigation plans, including ensuring proper bonding and insurance costing and appropriate contingencies. 
  • Select and invite to tender trade partners that are assessed to be financially viable with adequate manpower and appropriate level of expertise to complete the work. 
  • Demonstrate HSE and Quality behaviors that reflect corporate expectations of Actively Caring and Road to Zero. 


 Qualifications & Experience:

  • High school graduate and completion of a diploma training program at a college or technical school
  • 7-10 years of construction-related experience, including a combination of field and estimating experience, is an asset 
  • Proficiency in the use of Graham software suite, MS Excel, scheduling software (Primavera preferred), quantification software (such as Onscreen Takeoff, Bluebeam, Agtek), and BIM modelling is an asset 
  • Clear and professional written and verbal communication skills with above average organizational and time management abilities
  • Intermediate degree of aptitude in comprehending tender documents, specifications, and drawings, with an understanding of contractual requirements 
  • 5 years minimum estimating is preferred
  • Detailed understanding of all construction scopes of work


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary Range: 130k-150k
  • 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
  • 14 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

If this sounds like you, then Graham may be the right fit. Apply today.

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.

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

No unsolicited resumes or phone inquiries from agencies, thank you.

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