Senior Estimator – Principal Contracting

Senior Estimator – Principal Contracting

As part of our ongoing growth strategy, we are seeking to recruit a Senior Estimator for our Principal Contractor Civils and Infrastructure team. The successful candidate will be collaboratively involved with the company’s pre-construction team and will be a key to the delivery of competitive tenders generally focused on highway infrastructure, car parks, public realm, and industrial/commercial schemes as Principal Contractor.

To be suitable for the position you must have:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Proven experience in all aspects of first principle estimating.
  • A “can-do” attitude, who will integrate into the team, adopting a collaborative approach to getting the job done.
  • The ability to work autonomously when necessary as well as in a team environment.
  • Experience in attending Client meetings with a good level of interactive communication skill.
  • High level of experience in producing tenders for local authorities/government bodies, commercial/residential developers and industrial entities.
  • Good working knowledge of current methods of construction and outputs.
  • Sound working knowledge of NEC suite of contracts as well as an understanding of other forms of civil engineering contracts.
  • The ability to review tender documents and understand their requirements.
  • Identification of risks and opportunities and working with the team to develop tender submission strategies.
  • Ability to produce BoQ’s from “plan and specification” tenders as well as working with prepared BOQ’s and developing schedules of rates.
  • Experience in production of subcontract enquiries, compliance review, collation and integration into subcontract elements of the tender.
  • Production of tender material requirements for the purposes of obtaining quotes from the procurement department.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and in particular a sound working knowledge of Conquest estimating software.

The skills required include:

  • Education: Degree/HNC/HND qualification but not essential
  • Self-motivation with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work to deadline
  • Attention to detail and good analytical skills
  • Good take off skills and BoQ preparation to suit tender requirement
  • Good understanding of BoQ item coverage
  • Systematic and transparent working practices
  • Good working knowledge of construction methodology necessary for highway infrastructure, car parks, public realm, and industrial/commercial schemes
  • Make accurate time and cost estimates, and resolve any issues that arise
  • Ability to research construction documents and analyse specifications
  • Preparing estimates to meet tender submission goals
  • Ensuring that relevant documents and budgets are submitted before tender deadline
  • Effective and efficient utilisation of resources
  • Secure profitable works.

Working hours 7.30-17.00 Monday to Friday based in Aston, Birmingham. Hybrid working considered.

Permanent position.

Salary or day rate, freelance positions available.

Why join McDermotts?

Be part of a successful and growing business.

McDermotts is a nationwide civil engineering and groundworks business based in Birmingham, who are successfully expanding their Principal Contracting portfolio, with aspirations to go further. We’re a family founded business that still operates with the customer focus and values we started with.

Construction is our passion, and we believe that the industry can provide rich and rewarding experiences. When you engage with McDermotts, you are not just joining a team, you become part of our family. Our culture is built around supporting each other and working together to achieve success.

McDermotts is an equal opportunities employer, and we value diversity. All engagement is decided based on a qualifications, merit and business need.

Be part of this exciting journey.


  • Working in a well-established, friendly team of professionals
  • Direct access to decision makers
  • Role is integral to the success of the Principal Contracting team
  • Competitive salary
  • Car allowance plus 35 pence/mile for business mileage
  • 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays
  • Free 1 day holiday for your birthday
  • Matched company pension scheme – Aviva
  • Death in Service Policy
  • Expense based health care plan
  • On-site parking or a 15 minute walk from Aston rail station

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