Role Description

Job Title:

Estimator

Reports to:

Commercial Manager

Accountable to:

Commercial Manager & Directors

Main Objectives

To have read, understood and comply with the company policies and procedures at all times

Key Responsibilities

Land Appraisals & Design Development

Attend site visits with pre-construction team members

Prepare priced appraisal cost plans to support land submissions and then provide updates to this at each key stage (Planning Submission, Planning Achievement, Start on Site)

Review site constraints, risks and opportunities in conjunction with the Development, Technical and Design Teams to ensure cost effective design is produced and that effective cost mitigation strategies are pursued throughout the design stage.

Review planning stage cut and fill (where provided by the Engineer, or where the Engineer is not to provide one undertake the preparation of a cut and fill) and undertake costing analysis using standard rates and identify opportunities for value engineering in conjunction with Development, Technical and the Design Team.

Liaison with Consultant(s) to assist in production of viability appraisal to satisfy Local Authority requirements.

Standard Costing

Maintain and update Prelim and Sitework rates.

Establish and maintain a detailed cost library including all elements of prelims, build and material costs, land abnormals and professional fees.

Establish and maintain detailed plot costing based on standard house types, build methods and fit out options to allow accurate costing to be selected for future land appraisals.

Prepare and maintain current take-off information, BOQ and material schedules for standard house types, typical build methods and fit out options to support Quantity Surveyors and Buyers in procurement requirements. Undertake site visits to validate accuracy in take-offs.

Ensure the sale price and pricing strategy templates are continually updated with live pricing from the cost library to ensure developments are costed to deliver required profit requirements.

Undertake reviews of build cost inflation considerations for both pre-contract and live sites using appropriate BCIS indices and ensure that inflation forecasts are accurately priced in future development opportunities.

Tendering & Development Costing

Prepare take-offs and BOQ for developments – including take-offs and BOQ for road and sewers, plot drainage, cut and fill and infrastructure works.

Preparation of material schedules to assist Buyers in procurement of relevant materials.

Undertake a review of abnormals and existing services, identifying diversions and obtaining quotations for all abnormals and diversions to allow accurate tendering.

Where required undertake pre-enquiry communication and pricing with key supply chain partners.

Packaging & distribution of pre-contract tender information & subsequent cost collation to assist in tendering of potential build contracts.

Ensure that development costing complies with all relevant standards (new home warranty, building regulation, employer requirements, contractor proposals etc).

Where requested prepare project CSA for developments.

In conjunction with Commercial Manager, Development Team and Finance prepare detailed Target Budget for developments to allow Quantity Surveyors and Buyers to operate within budgets set to deliver required profit outputs.

Provide input into post tender clarification and negotiations.

Prepare handover documentation for project stage meetings with the wider project team.

Skills knowledge and aptitude

  • Positive attitude towards teamwork

  • Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials

  • Strong commitment to achieving deadlines

  • Able to work efficiently, on own initiative, prioritising as necessary

Qualifications & Training
- Essential

  • Ability to produce accurate Material Schedule

  • Have experience working in House Building

  • Be computer literate

  • A full driving licence

Qualifications & Training
- Desirable

  • Road and sewers and infrastructure

  • Experience in Structural Frames & Traditional Builds

Experience

  • Have at least 3 years’ experience in a similar role

  • Be experienced in internal BOQ production

Working relationships

It is important to form strong working relationships with both internal and external people. The focus in this role is:

Internal: Directly employed site staff, Contracts Manager, Procurement & Commercial staff, Directors

External: Sub-Contractors, suppliers, NHBC (or similar) representatives, customers and members of the public

Think you’re the right fit?

Great! Send us your application and we'll be in touch

How?

Please send your C.V and covering letter to: careers@watson-homes.co.uk