Now Hiring: JR Estimator


General Description

 The Estimator’s role is to assist the Preconstruction Manager, Project Manager, and other operations staff members with preconstruction pursuits from lump-sum Hard Bids to preliminary Construction Management and Design/Build budgets.  The Estimator will primarily be responsible for setting up and maintaining preconstruction project records, sub/vendor solicitations, scope estimating and analyzing assigned projects.  The Estimator will also assist the project team during the purchasing of subs/vendors for awarded projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

Bid Administration

  • Prepare and maintain status of plan distribution
  • Solicit and maintain communication with subs/vendors
  • Prepare sub/vendor scope sheets
  • Transmit addenda and other bid information to subs/vendors
  • Ensure optimal coverage from subs/vendors on bid day
  • Contact supply houses to obtain additional sub/vendor bids
  • Show creativity and resourcefulness to ensure the best pricing from subs/vendors
  • Submit 100% of bids and budgets by the bid deadline – no exceptions

Project Knowledge

  • Attain thorough understanding of scopes for specific trades assigned and general understanding of entire project
  • Review bid requirements thoroughly and ask follow up question on every bid
  • Understand how to fit subs to the size/scope of project
  • Create bid lists suitable for scope/conditions of each project, ensuring the right subs/vendors for every project
  • Develop RFI’s and clarifications to ensure optimal sub/vendor interest and coverage
  • Minimize exclusions by “doing our homework”
  • Perform comprehensive “Bid Day” analysis and scoping of specific assigned trades
  • Gather value-engineering ideas for every project

Follow Up

  • Provide feedback to subs/vendors
  • Generate and distribute sub/vendor response reports and correspondence

Project Turnover

  • Review documents with project management team and identify areas of concern
  • Review job cost and buyout with project management team and highlight any scopes that have yet to be awarded
  • Properly turn over project documents and buyout information to project management team in a timely manner (Goal is 100% of awarded projects turned over within two weeks of award notification)
  • Produce project turn-over report to ensure uniform project understanding

Sub/Vendor Award

  • Review sub/vendor proposals and ensure correct and complete scopes
  • Ensure awareness and buy-in of project schedule by all subs/vendors
  • Provide subs/vendors with as much information as possible (management/supervision contacts, permit status, etc.)

Sub/Vendor Management

  • Continual pursuit of new and qualified subs/vendors
  • Secure and maintain contact information and response data

Doing Business – The RA-LIN Way


  • Conduct business in strict compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations as well as the highest moral, ethical and professional standards
  • Emphasize honesty, fairness, confidentiality and a sense of responsibility to our subs and vendors that will enable us to be a good contractor, and understand and exceed the expectations of our clients as well as the architects, engineers and other professionals with whom we work

Build Long Term Relationships

  • Handle all client and sub/vendor interactions in a manner designed to promote long term relationships
  • Develop and maintain rapport and professional relationships with clients and key subs/vendors

Operate as One Team

  • Conduct yourself in a manner that will promote cooperation and good relations among members of our profession and those directly related to our profession
  • Build and maintain strong working-relationships within all departments of RA-LIN

Go the Extra Mile

  • Do everything you can to ensure the success of RA-LIN, our subs/vendors, and most importantly our clients.  This may involve arriving early, staying late, or performing tasks not specifically assigned.
  • Double-check all critical work deliverables to minimize mistakes

Never Stop Improving

  • Continue to expand your professional capabilities through continuing education programs to better enable you to serve RA-LIN, our clients, and the industry
  • Stay abreast of relevant industry and professional trends, publications, organizations, etc.

Take Ownership

  • Don’t wait for someone else to act, take responsibility.  The responsibility is yours, and it starts with developing a belief or habit of mind that you, as an individual, are accountable for the quality and timeliness of an outcome, even when you’re working with others
  • The most productive people and those most likely to succeed are those who are proactive about finding and solving problems, and comfortable acting with increasing independence and decreased oversight

Environmentally Friendly

  • Make every effort to recognize and respond in a manner that is environmentally responsible that ensures the protection of the health and safety of all those involved during all aspects of our operations and processes


A four year college degree in engineering, construction management, building construction or similar is preferred.  Excellent oral and written skills are required.  Excellent computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office suite programs is required.  Knowledge of Timberline Estimating, On-Screen Take-off, SmartBid and Primavera scheduling is desired.  Project internship/co-op and/or field experience is preferred.  Knowledge of BIM/VDC and experience with manufacturing/industrial construction projects is a plus.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Ability to work in an office environment, including sitting in a chair for long periods, working at a computer keyboard and viewing work on a monitor, and communicating via phone, in-person conversations, and emails with co-workers, clients, vendors, etc.  Performance of the duties will occasionally require physical ability to climb permanent and temporary stairs, passenger use of construction personnel hoists, ability to climb ladders and negotiate work in areas under construction.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Performing this job requires use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, sit, speak and hear, stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is sometimes exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The employee is occasionally exposed to airborne particles or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is generally moderate.  Travel will be required.  RA-LIN is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type

 Full Time

Reports to

 Preconstruction Manager

Contact: Tami at