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Senior Estimator- Commercial

Company name
JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc

Charlotte, NC
5 hit(s)  


Job Description:

Best people right culture. These are the driving forces behind JE Dunn’s strategy for success. By hiring the best people we can find, giving them interesting and challenging work, and letting them share in the company’s rewards, we’ve found a sustainable way to grow in our industry for the last 90 years.

JE Dunn believes in providing the best tools for employees to get the job done right. Lean operation processes. Digital document collaboration. LEED-certified, occupant-focused environments. We make sure our workforce is prepared for the job, and we expect the best. Our diverse teams around the country strive to enrich lives through inspired people and places every day, and we need inspired people like you to join us in our pursuit of building perfection.

Key Role Responsibilities - Core


Performs quantity survey of materials shown on project plans.

Reads and outlines project specifications.

Maintains an audit trail of the quantity survey from estimate to estimate.

Supports vendor/subcontractor pricing/bid solicitation and coordination.

Supports the distribution of plans and specifications to vendors/subcontractors.

Works collaboratively and creates relationships with a variety of stakeholders, such as project team members, subcontractors, vendors and clients.

Gains self-perform estimating experience.

Gains field operational exposure through onsite project support, as opportunities exist.

Key Role Responsibilities - Additional Core


In addition, this position will be responsible for the following:

Prepares complex cost estimates for competitive bids and negotiated proposals for multiple projects.

Prepares material and other costs summary for quotes from vendors.

Tracks value creation items from development through inclusion and documents in project documentation.

Develops and manages scopes of work for all trades, including responsibility matrix, distribution of plans and specifications, and pricing, bid solicitation and coordination for vendors and subcontractors.

Utilizes knowledge of the project schedule and logistics in project estimates.

Collaborates with operations to provide constructability and coordination reviews of project documents.

Provides professional and comprehensive deliverables at the completion of each major estimate.

Improves project profitability opportunities by applying thorough understanding of insurance structures, fees and rates.

Completes review and execution of bid forms, bid bonds, etc. on bid projects including general requirements.  Participates in and summarizes bid day activities.

Applies knowledge of project schedule to preconstruction efforts.

Applies knowledge of subcontractor market and how to prequalify subcontractors.

Provides system analysis of building components and MEP systems and assists operations staff on project logistics, staging, phasing plans and coordination.

Reviews financial risk to the company and ensures fee enhancements are within estimates, including contract risk. Partners with operations to assess and mitigate risk.

Develops and maintains client and subcontractor relationships.

Presents and sells estimates and proposals and participates in project procurement presentations.

Coordinates feasibility studies on life-cycle costs of building systems.

Leads efforts to assemble, analyze and store project cost history.

Provides training and mentorship to others.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Ability to perform work accurately and completely, and in a timely manner.

Communication skills, verbal and written (Intermediate).

Ability to conduct effective presentations.

Proficiency in MS Office with emphasis on strong Excel skills (Intermediate).

Ability to read and understand drawings and specifications (Advanced).

Proficiency in construction estimating software (Advanced).

Proficiency in required construction technology.

Knowledge of the means and methods of construction management (Intermediate).

Knowledge of field operations through project support.

Ability to prepare quantity surveys.

Knowledge of Lean process and philosophy.

Knowledge of specific trades and scopes of work (Advanced).

Knowledge of self-perform and labor productivity.

Knowledge of MBE (minority business enterprise), WBE (women’s business enterprise), and SBA (small business administration) regulations (Intermediate).

Ability to develop General Requirement estimates.

Ability to develop proficiency in Lens, Revit and/or ASE software.

Ability to build relationships and collaborate within a team, internally and externally.


Bachelor’s degree in construction management or related field (Preferred)

In lieu of the above requirements, equivalent relevant experience will be considered.


8 years construction experience (Preferred).

5 years estimating experience (Required).

Commercial experience (Preferred).

At JE Dunn, you’ll receive an abundance of resources dedicated to ensuring your success and future development

Employee-focused culture

Whether it’s our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), company wellness program, or modern workspaces, we put the satisfaction of our employees at the forefront of everything we do.

Award-winning benefits package

Named one of Plan Sponsor Magazine’s 2015 Plan Sponsors of the Year, JE Dunn’s employee benefits package ranks among the top of our peer group, meeting and exceeding standard expectations.

Professional training opportunities

Our employee development team works full-time to create growth opportunities across the company. We encourage employees to take command of their own development, and we make sure they have what they need to take that next step.

Community-driven workforce

Corporate and personal involvement in the communities in which we work is simply part of the job--JE Dunn as an organization is proud to donate over 10 percent of our pre-tax earnings to charities around the country each year.

JE Dunn Construction is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. JE Dunn Construction is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact Human Resources at

JE Dunn Construction Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or agencies. Any resume submitted to any employee of JE Dunn Construction without a prior written search agreement will be considered unsolicited and the property of JE Dunn Construction Company.  Please, no phone calls or emails.

Company Profile
JE Dunn provides construction services in a professional manner to exceed the expectations of our clients. We maintain a commitment to integrity, collaboration, wisdom, quality, value, sustainability, and safety; the philosophy and principles of our business operation. We provide an environment of challenge, opportunity, and growth for all employees, regardless of race, creed, age, gender or disability. From coast-to-coast, we've staked our reputation on our ability to deliver on each of these and pledge to settle for nothing less.

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