Estimator Job Description

What is an Estimator?

An estimator is responsible for attempting to figure out how much a project will cost. They are responsible for identifying every single cost that goes into a project. A few of the main duties of an estimator are helping the sales team create a proposal, tracking the costs of a project, understanding customer specifications, and proposing a final budget for a project. They also have to present their analysis to upper management. Some of the jobs titles that an estimator could grow into are senior estimator and estimating manager.

An estimator should have two years of experience working in a construction environment as well as a bachelor�s degree in mathematics. One of the most important skills that an estimator will have is the critical thinking skills. Another skill is mathematical prowess as the estimator will need to be able to calculate various costs.

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Job Overview

XYZ Inc. is a leading company in our industry in the region. We're proud of our 4.2 Glassdoor rating from our employees. We're now hiring a Estimator to help us keep growing. If you're excited to be part of a winning team, XYZ Inc. is a perfect place to get ahead. You'll be glad you applied to XYZ Inc.

Responsibilities for Estimator

  • Analyze labor, material, and time requirements for a project
  • Estimate costs by looking at the entire project
  • Present cost estimates to upper management
  • Prepare reports detailing all of the costs going into a project
  • Input cost data into company database
  • Notice differences between estimated cost and actual cost
  • Look at customer requirements for a project
  • Work with the sales team to prepare proposals

Qualifications for Estimator

  • 2 years of experience working as an estimator
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to put together a professional presentation
  • Ability to create reports on costing data
  • Amazing analytical and math skills
  • Ability to work well on a team
  • Very detail oriented
  • Ability to understand technical drawings and requirements
  • Deep knowledge of how processes work

Employers: How to Write Great Job Descriptions

  • Be sure to mention requisite years of experience and educational requirements
  • Tell job seekers what's unique about your company and job
  • Ideal length is a few paragraphs or about 200 words
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