Senior Estimator


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 will be able to capitalize on our collective success by becoming an owner yourself. You will 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 team, you will provide insight and innovative construction solutions to ensure the successful execution of various projects, such as: education facilities; hospitals and healthcare centers; office buildings; warehouse and distribution centers; and mixed- use facilities.

You will also further hone your skills operating under various delivery methods including Bid-Build, Design-Build, Construction Management and IPD (Integrated Project Delivery).



Reporting to the Chief Estimator or Estimate Manager, a Senior Estimator leads the estimating team on higher complexity project pursuits and may also be solely responsible for estimating of mid-level complexity projects. Thios individual is accountable for determining project scopes, accurate quantifying / costing, managing deadlines, and mentoring the more junior team members, and possesses the ability to interpret all tender documents, work collaboratively, communicate clearly with the Graham team and with trade partners, and effectively delegate and manage team workloads. The ideal candidate has knowledge of market conditions and historical data to lead developing strategies to secure work and compile conceptual estimates. 


Essential functions

  • Determine the project scope of work, set-up and complete estimates 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 costing of general condition requirements, labor, and equipment, including productivities, material, and subtrade plugs. 

  • Identify and develop constructability requirements for project construction. 

  • Analyze design criteria and recommend 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. 

  • Apply 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 on medium-sized projects. 

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

  • Assemble conceptual and budget costs using past project analytics, benchmarking, and historical data. 

  • Develop scopes of work for subcontractors to provide budgeting assistance on medium-sized projects. 

  • Engage in subcontractor post award scope clarification and negotiation. 

  • Prepare an estimate schedule of all activities required to complete a fully quantified and costed estimate (or delegated scopes) based on a full review of the Estimate Checklist, including milestone dates and any required support resources. 

  • Lead a team of support estimators and operational staff, assisting with planning their time, oversee delegation and quality of work, and compiling all input on medium to large complexity projects. 

  • Lead / manage the Kick-Off Meeting, weekly strategy meetings, and any formal meetings pertinent to ensuring the estimate process will meet the milestone dates established. 

  • Generate, cost, and review risk mitigation plan, 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. 

  • Build and maintain relationships with clients, consultants, subcontractors, suppliers, and internal stakeholders that reflect and support Graham core values.  

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


Education, Experience and Knowledge 

  • High school graduate and completion of a diploma training program at a college or technical school; Gold Seal Certified, LEED Accredited, and LEAN experience are all assets. 

  • Ability to understand, utilize, and communicate specialized information in speech and written text. 

  • 10-12 years of a combination of field and estimating experience; design-build experience and proficiency in a variety of general procurement methods 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 strong organizational and time management abilities. 

  • Advanced degree of aptitude in comprehending tender documents, specifications, and drawings, with an understanding of contractual requirements. 

  • In-depth understanding of all construction scopes of work with the ability to develop scopes of work for Graham initiated tenders. 

  • Ability to develop less experienced estimators’ skills through teaching, training, and guidance throughout the estimate lifecycle. 


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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Applications will only be accepted as online submissions through the Graham website.
Applicants with disabilities will be accommodated if you are unable to apply online.

Please, no unsolicited resumes or phone inquiries from agencies, thank you.

Graham Group US Inc.
#400 - 568 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA

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