Construction Estimator - Chicago Suburbs

Chicago Permanent USD100,000 - USD125,000
  • Strong growth structure and upward mobility
  • Benefits package and half-day Fridays year-round

About Our Client

This family-owned business has been around since the early 1900's and is one of Chicago's leading General Contractors, performing over $1B in construction projects yearly. Voted Midwest Contractor of the Year in the past, they have offices all over the Midwest focusing on the following markets (Commercial interiors, corporate offices, entertainment, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, K-12, industrial, manufacturing, mission-critical, multifamily/residential, retail, senior living) as well as some self-perform work. Throughout the last year and a half, they did not have to lay anyone off in the Chicago office due to the pandemic.

Job Description


Reporting into the Project Director and Team Lead you will:

  • Provides value alternative solutions taking into consideration cost, schedule, maintenance, and lifecycle cost implications. Oversees value alternate preparation from subcontractors, and internal departments
  • Ensures estimating department has most current design information in the preparation of estimates
  • Prepares and submits contract documents for legal and risk reviews
  • Prepares qualifications and assumptions that align with the contractual requirements of the project
  • Assists in the prequalification process
  • Oversees the establishment and maintenance of budget control during the preconstruction phase of the project
  • Prepares or oversees the preparation of the preconstruction schedule with buy-in from internal departments as relates to them. Interfaces with the owners and designers to maintain the schedule. Keeps internal departments informed of schedule changes as relates to their activities
  • The assists project team in design decisions and development of solutions
  • Tracks and manages construction budget between formal estimating periods and keeps owner and team abreast of current budget and impact of design decisions
  • Acts as the team liaison between operations, estimating, and design management
  • Assists in the development and training of other preconstruction staff
  • Manages a relationship management plan with owners and key stakeholders in the markets that we cover
  • Builds and maintains relationships with architects and engineers
  • Creates a knowledge of cost elements of projects by bid package and/or uniformat (i.e., cost/sf of elements)

MPI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or based on an individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state or local law. MPI encourages applications from minorities, women, the disabled, protected veterans and all other qualified applicants.

The Successful Applicant

  • Bachelor's degree in Construction Management, Architecture or Engineering, and/or 4+ years of applicable estimating experience
  • 5-10 years of estimating experience preferred
  • Project estimation experience $10M+ required
  • Proven experience managing preconstruction for a wide range of relevant projects
  • In-depth knowledge of construction principles/practices required
  • Experience dealing with subcontracts, subcontractors, and/or self-perform work - preferably working for a self-performing GC
  • Experience with conceptual & hard bid estimating and quantity take-offs
  • Experience leading successful team ventures, including the development of employees and maintaining relationships with external entities and subcontractor community
  • Highly motivated to bring results and success to the projects he/she leads
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate to varied audiences

What's on Offer

  • Salaries up to $100K - $125K dependent on experience
  • $925/month car allowance
  • Growth potential and mentor ship opportunity
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • 401K match
  • Bonus potential 12%+
  • PTO up to 20 days and 9 paid holidays
  • Company laptop
  • Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Company cell phone
  • Flexible work environment

Katrina Donnelly
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Job summary

Sub Sector
Project Manager
Industrial / Manufacturing
Contract Type
Consultant name
Katrina Donnelly
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