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Entry Level Estimator Novi, MI (Detroit)

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Responsible for preparing complete, accurate and timely cost estimates for hard bid, design build, and construction management delivery systems. Accountable for the successful completion of assigned projects and duties in conformity to the budget and profit goals of the Company. Reports to the Vice President of Estimating.


  • Review bid documents: drawings, specifications, owner contracts and Special Conditions for the thorough understanding of the job and potential risks and opportunities involved with the project.
  • Coordinate and follow through with bid strategies developed with the bid team in pre-bid strategy meetings.
  • Coordinate and ensure all bid requirements and proposal documentation is complete and accurate in a timely manner for the bid.
  • Prepare accurate estimates by performing complete takeoff of pertinent items as determined by the project Team, coordinate and outline scope with self-perform department for large project take offs.
  • Have project estimate and bid day team prepared and ready on bid day.
  • Ability to negotiations with subcontractors and vendors to assure proper scope and positive financial contracts.
  • Schedule and coordinate all required subcontractor and vendor scope reviews, ensuring reviews are thorough and accurate.
  • Write comprehensive contracts and purchase orders in a timely manner to maintain the project schedule.
  • Promote the growth and development of Subcontractor and Vendor relationships to ensure DeMaria receives the best pricing in the marketplace.


  • Ensure all team members, including self, are consistently following DeMaria Building Company (DBC) policies and procedures as outlined in the employee manual
  • Attend pre-bid meetings to represent DBC and familiarize one with the site conditions and determine project scope and required contents of estimate.
  • Coordinate and maintain solicitation of DBC approved subcontractors/vendors for each assigned project bidding.
  • Coordinate and assure the proper distribution of electronic documentation to subcontractors and vendors.
  • Prepare consistent and accurate estimates following DeMaria processes and procedures.
  • Coordinate and or Prepare bid schedules based on the scope of work and contract specifications when applicable.
  • Review subcontract and vendor proposals for the scope of work and competitiveness during the bid process.
  • Mentor, motivate and develop Cost Engineers towards a successful career with DBC by teaching utilizing their skills during the bid process.
  • Develop and maintain good client relationships with Owners, Engineers, and Architects for expanded or new work opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain positive and trustworthy relationships with subcontractors and vendors.
  • Attend and participate in all project meetings and company training


  • Bachelor s degree in a construction related field with general construction experience
  • Understanding of the bidding process, including estimating (conceptual and hard bid), planning, coordination, take-offs, bid day preparation, and contracts.
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the construction field.
  • Ability with training to lead the estimate and take full charge of bid.
  • Strong and effective communicator, both verbally and written, who can interface cooperatively with various departments of the company, as well as clients and subcontractors
  • Ability to perform accurate quantity take-offs and to price materials, labor and equipment.
  • Posses good organizational, analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Detail oriented with the ability to multi-task
  • Maintain and develop strong relationships with internal and external customers
  • Keen financial aptitude and above average math skills
  • Proficient in use, or quickly capable of learning Timberline, Microsoft Project, Procore and Cosential software
  • Strong spirit, with vision and tenacity to recognize, pursue and develop potential growth and new business opportunities
  • Represent the company with high moral and ethical conduct.


  • Relationship Focused
  • Quality
  • Positive Attitude
  • Results Driven


  • Sitting, standing, walking for extended period of time
  • Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, and crouch
  • Use hands and fingers to feel and handle items
  • Reach with arms and hands
  • Talk, hear and see
  • Ability to drive a vehicle and maintain a valid driver s license
  • Lifting up to 50 pounds (of bid documents, i.e.: blueprints, specifications)


This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. The job description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills and individual in this position might be asked to perform either now or in the future.

DeMaria is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Location: Novi, MI

Associated topics: analysis, bid, cost, cost estimator, estimate, estimator, price, purchase, quote, representative
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