Estimating Manager

Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Los Angeles, CA, US

Company: RailWorks

Job ID: 8572 


Leads and oversees teams to prepare cost estimates for projects in the planning, design and construction phase, and to produce complete bid proposals.  Leads and oversees buy-out process.


Primary/Essential Responsibilities and Duties


  • Oversees the estimating staff in the preparation of take-offs, estimates, and budgets.
  • Assists in selecting projects to bid.
  • Reviews contract documents and attends pre-bid meetings to determine scope of work and required contents of estimates.
  • Reviews and incorporates historical data from prior estimates, purchase agreements and subcontracts in order to gain information for current bids.
  • Oversees estimators in soliciting subcontractor/vendor pricing information.
  • Coordinates the design process in preparation for the bid proposal.
  • Coordinates with estimators in preparation for bid day.
  • Reviews all final estimate packages to insure accuracy and completeness.
  • Negotiates and writes major subcontracts and purchase agreements.
  • Oversees estimators in negotiating and writing subcontracts and purchase agreements.
  • Develops and prepares buy-out budgets.
  • Oversees buy-out process.


General/Other Responsibilities and Duties


  • Provides guidance, direction, and support to the estimating team for the resolution of difficult and complex estimating problems.
  • Hires, trains, and manages performance of staff.
  • Ensures that bid documentation is logged and filed after bid day.
  • Develops strategies for and identifies leads for obtaining future projects.


Required Skills and Qualifications


  • A minimum of 10 years of construction estimating experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of estimating strategies and techniques.
  • Proficiency in planning, scheduling, staffing, budgeting, and job costing.
  • Thorough understanding of RFP and contract requirements.
  • Strong understanding of all construction divisions and general construction knowledge.
  • Ability to effectively train, manage and lead estimating staff.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Experience using estimating software and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and presentation skills.



Physical Requirements and Working Conditions


  • Generally works indoors, with some onsite/outdoor work.
  • Frequently sits, stands, walks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard.
  • May be exposed to harsh weather conditions including very hot and very cold weather.
  • Can be remote + travel, preferably a candidate that sits on the west coast


As a US Department of Transportation contractor, RailWorks is required to comply with all current Federal DOT regulations, including drug testing.  At this time, Federal DOT drug tests do not allow for the use of marijuana, even in states that allow medical and/or recreational use. Accordingly, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test that includes marijuana prior to being hired.


This job description is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position.  There may be unplanned activities and other duties as assigned.

RailWorks Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment with RailWorks without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles