Estimator - Buildings

AB, Canada
Posted On Jun 30 2020 Jul 30 2020

Career Opportunity – Estimator – Buildings, Calgary


Graham is a growing, dynamic and innovative construction solutions provider with history of success dating back to 1926. As an employee-owned company, you’ll be able to capitalize on our collective success by becoming an owner yourself. You’ll also be able to take advantage of professional development, learning and growth opportunities, while working on exciting, leading-edge projects.


We rank among Canada’s largest construction companies, are a Platinum Member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and 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 Buildings group, you will provide insight and innovative construction solutions to ensure the successful execution of various commercial projects, such as: education facilities; hospitals and healthcare centres; office buildings; warehouse and distribution centres; retail outlets and complexes; recreational facilities; hotels and casinos; parkades; and mixed- use facilities. You will also further hone your skills operating under various delivery methods including Bid-Build, Design-Build, P3 (Public-Private Partnership), Construction Management and IPD (Integrated Project Delivery).


The Estimator reports directly to the Chief Estimator in our Buildings group and will be responsible for performing all facets of a commercial works estimate including quantities, costing and sub-trade analysis for presentation and final review of major items. This position will direct the work activities of other Estimators as required.


As an Estimator at Graham you will:


  • Be responsible for all aspects of the Tendering Process, including take offs.
  • Adapt toward estimating building construction on a project basis
  • Review proposal specifications and drawings to determine scope of work including scheduling and project planning
  • Develop detailed knowledge of market labour and equipment rates
  • Prepare detailed estimates by calculating complete take-off of scope of work
  • Prepare final estimate summaries, analyzing each section for scope, pricing and completeness
  • Maintain files of working documents as back-up for estimate figures, including current and accurate information on prices from suppliers
  • Share Graham’s values about teamwork, safety, productivity and quality
  • Support continuous improvement through internal and external partnerships built on Graham’s motto of commitment, integrity and reliability


  • Civil, Structural, Mechanical Engineering or related technical degree.
  • 3-5 years estimating experience in a medium to large general contractor, working on commercial/buildings and/or small civil estimating projects $5m-30m in value.
  • Experience using estimating systems is required

 Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary with annual bonus potential
  • Comprehensive benefits package including dental, optical and medical and company matched pension plan.
  • Ownership and long term equity 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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