Mar 19, 2024


  • Construction Jobs Inc
  • Hennepin County, MN, USA

Job Description


As a Top 25 builder, developer, and EPC, our expertise spans markets like sports, renewable energy, data centers, healthcare, and more. We are builders at heart, working to ensure the built environment has a lasting positive impact. 
Let’s Redefine Possible® 


Mortenson is currently seeking an experienced Senior Estimator to provide leadership, coordination, and final preparation of full estimates on large and complex work projects. Excellent communication skills are necessary as you will be interacting with staff at all levels in an ever-changing environment. Your ability to remain flexible, inventive, dedicated, and efficient with a high level of integrity and confidentiality will be vital to your success. 


Organize, plan and schedule for estimate preparation

  • Leads teams of estimators on large projects
  • Facilitate meetings necessary for completion of estimate, including kick off, status updates, plan flips, final reviews, etc.
  • Assign work to ensure complete and reliable estimate incorporating all relevant information, including, but not limited to contract documents, communication with design team and owner, tax laws, collective bargaining agreements, permits and other regulatory requirements, etc. Adjust assignments as necessary to complete the estimate in time allotted.
  • Prepare trade partner strategy and prepare invitation to bid / budget, working with project team to guarantee complete pricing coverage.
  • Obtain all relevant documents including BIM (Building Information Model) necessary to complete quantity survey and to assist in understanding of project. Promote collaboration between all parties to ensure complete understanding of scope that leads to comprehensive Scope and Budget Alignment.
  • Ensure completion of changes discussed in estimate reviews.

Work with estimating team to ensure complete Quantity Survey of materials / resources required to complete the project - Use knowledge of project type and construction best practices to “fill in the gaps” in early design documents to ensure a complete and thorough estimate that reflects the total scope of work necessary.

  • Effectively works with estimating, project and design teams to identify and mitigate risk to the project budget and margin
  • Work with project team to determine site logistic and schedule requirements and prepare general requirements estimate
  • Utilize cost history to inform scope, pricing, productivities, etc.
  • Work with Project Sponsor to ensure estimate that meets company and group margin goals. Prepare and present margin plan for approval by project and group leaders.
  • Prepares team for and manages Bid Day
  • Prepares team and manages estimate presentation to design team and owner demonstrating complete command of scope and budget
  • Electronically file appropriate documents. For commercial projects archive in Eos Cortex and Estimate Change Log.
  • Cost modeling, value analysis and target value delivery
  • Utilize Eos Cortex to create cost models and target values to inform customer budgets.
  • Utilize estimate, industry knowledge, etc. to provide value analysis to maintain project budgets
  • Perform cost studies to assist design team in selection of building systems, materials and other design requirements. Assist Design Phase Team in steering design to budget.

Self-Performed Work expertise – prepare or supervise preparation of all self-performed work scopes utilizing appropriate levels of detail and TCH (Task Code History) to accurately price the work.

  • Work with project team and visit project sites to ensure proper allocation and reporting of costs, work hours and quantities to ensure reliability of cost data for use in future estimates.
  • Record final estimate and, upon project completion, final costs using Eos Cortex for use in cost modeling and in setting targets for future projects.
  • Maintain communication with project leadership throughout the project to learn challenges and opportunities encountered to inform future estimates.
  • Build and maintain relationships with Operations Personnel, design partners, trade partners and owners during estimate and beyond

Supervisory responsibilities – is an Estimating leader

  • Leads by example, exhibiting strong work ethic, self-starter habits, resourcefulness and business judgement, demonstrating the principles of LeadBLU daily.
  • Coach, mentor and manage other team members in their work and career development.
  • Actively participate in and prepare topics for group estimating meetings and other company meetings as needed.
  • Consistently advances the capabilities of the group through involvement in group and company initiatives and through coaching of less experienced team members.
  • Assist in selection of software and other group / company initiatives as needed.
  • Maintain industry knowledge base – utilize all available resources, trade journals, conferences, work on projects, etc. to maintain knowledge of industry best practices, trends and challenges.


  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Estimating, Civil or Electrical Engineering, Construction Management, or equivalent field experience
  • Minimum nine years construction industry experience
  • Detail orientation; proven ability to organize and manage multiple projects, tasks and initiatives in support of company and group improvement.
  • Expertise with building and estimating techniques and software.
  • Able to manage multiple large projects successfully exhibiting complete command of the scope and budget.
  • Able to lead teams of estimators on complex work.
  • Able to use BIM, plans and other project documents to successfully quantify the work.
  • Identifies and utilizes resources to provide quality guidance during design phase to keep project on budget.
  • Exhibits and uses knowledge of all building systems, contract types, and other potential impacts to the project and reflects those in the estimate.
  • Uses industry relationships to increase industry and project knowledge to problem solve and mitigate risk.
  • Recognizes risk and works with design phase teams to mitigate the risk.
  • Has thorough understanding of pricing, productivities for self-performed work and works to maintain quality of data.
  • Able to set target budgets and complete cost models using cost history software (Cortex) and exhibits complete understanding of impacts to pricing.
  • Able to complete large, complex self-performed estimates, including general conditions, effectively analyzing data from past projects to price.
  • Understands and factors into estimates impacts related to schedule and logistics.
  • Proven ability to consistently advance the capabilities of the group through involvement in group and company initiatives and through coaching of less experienced team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor to more junior Estimators
  • Able to effectively prepare deliverables and present completed estimates to internal and external customers with complete command of scope and budget
  • Possess understanding of construction law and generally accepted business practices
  • Proven positive and professional attitude, and strong customer service skills
  • Ability to travel up to 20%


Mortenson provides a comprehensive benefits program to team members and their families to support their health, build long-term financial security and provide the opportunity for work and life balance. Benefits offered to non-craft, non-union, full-time team members include:

  • Medical and prescription drug plans – the choice between two affordable HSA-eligible medical plans that include vision coverage
  • Dental plan
  • 401k retirement plan with generous matching and profit-sharing contributions
  • Paid time off, holidays, and other paid leaves
  • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program and online mental health tool and concierge
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Adoption Assistance 
  • Gym Membership Discount Program 
  • Identity Theft Protection 

Mortenson is an EOE/Affirmative Action/M/F/Veteran/Disabled employer.

Visa sponsorship is not offered for this position.

Mortenson reserves the right to hire any individual without legal or financial obligation on unwanted solicitations. No agency emails, calls, or solicitations are accepted without a valid agreement.




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