Senior Estimator

AB, Canada
Posted On Jan 2 2021 Feb 1 2021

Bird Construction is a leading general contractor in Canada with a long history of service that has offices from coast to coast. Bird’s clients include leading firms in the commercial, institutional, retail, multi-tenant residential, industrial, mining, water and wastewater, energy and civil sectors. Today, Bird is a publicly traded corporation with employees forming a significant shareholder group. This enhances the degree to which employees at all levels commit to their clients. A hands-on approach to the business has given Bird an edge in being able to make decisions quickly and to adapt to the requirements of their clients.


We have a proven track record of developing and promoting from within at Bird. We believe in hiring our employees with a long-term outlook and really invest in their potential to grow and develop with us.  


As an experienced member of the estimating team your primary focus is to provide accurate estimating and subcontractor costing from the budgeting and estimating stage through to the contract letting and planning stage.  Working closely with the Chief Estimator, you will have a collaborative approach to delivering results through strong relationships with a broad network of professional colleagues, subcontractors and team members.

Responsibilities and Duties


  • Participate in project development activities including scope definition and clarification, preconstruction planning, control estimate development and delivery.
  • Provide preconstruction services including the preparation of preliminary budgets, cost plans, and value engineering opportunities.
  • Develop strategies to create a competitive edge.
  • Determine general expenses and provide input into margins/fees.
  • Coordinate preparation of full estimates, identifying inherent risk and opportunities.
  • Analyze subcontractor requirements.

Qualifications and Skills


  • 8+ years of estimating experience in the commercial construction industry.
  • Formal education related to Civil Engineering, Construction Management or other equivalent construction programs.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with estimating techniques and negotiating contracts.
  • Knowledge of tendering process.
  • Strong computer skills in such areas as Microsoft Office (Word and Excel).
  • Experience using Timberline and On-screen Takeoff is considered an asset.
  • Excellent analytical, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding customer service/client relation skills.
  • Must possess exceptional organizational skills and have a flexible work ethic.
  • Experience reading blueprints and a high attention to detail are required.



Bird offers a competitive salary and profit sharing opportunities in addition to a variety of benefits including professional development, medical and dental programs, and life and disability insurances.


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