Chief Estimator - Water


Toronto, ON, CA, M4L 3W6

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 Infrastructure division and build innovative projects in the transit and transportation sectors, such as roads, highways/freeways, bridges, interchanges, LRTs, BRTs, and airports. 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 District Manager, the Chief Estimator is responsible for overseeing all of the estimating operations within a business unit, and supervises the 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 has advanced communication and collaborative skills, interpersonal managerial leadership, and 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.


As a Chief Estimator at Graham you will:

  • Encourage and instill coaching and mentoring skills to the estimating team
  • Oversee all estimates, including detailed review of others’ work
  • Complete 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
  • Provide leadership for the estimating team on major complex projects pursuit
  • Build effective relationships with clients, consultants, subcontractors, suppliers, and internal stakeholders (operations staff) that reflect and support Graham core values and Graham brand image



  • Completion of a University (Bachelor) program involving acquisition of an advanced understanding of complex concepts and procedures, often recognized by a degree (e.g., BA/BSc); Gold Seal Certified, LEED Accredited, LEAN experience, MRICS, and CIQS are all assets
  • Over 15 years of a combination of field and estimating experience with senior estimating experience of at least 5 years with a medium-to-large General Contractor
  • Leadership responsibility related to roads, bridges, rail or other infrastructure projects
    • Experience in Water/Wastewater and/or Transit projects is considered an asset
  • Successful experience in leading Level 3+ projects and managing and mentoring of a small team
  • Proven ability to lead and develop a high-performing team
  • Thorough understanding and proficiency in design-build and other procurement types is an asset

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.

Graham Group Ltd. also welcomes and encourages applications from those with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in each stage of our process. For more information please see our AODA Compliance Policy and our Multi-Year Accessibility Plan.

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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