Current Openings

Senior Estimator


Job Description

Compass is currently seeking a dedicated Senior Estimator to enhance our dynamic team. If you have five or more years of specialized experience in wood-framed multifamily estimating and a robust network within the local subcontractor community, we want to hear from you. Our ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, excels in detailed analysis, brings in new ideas and values a collaborative team-oriented approach.

As a Senior Estimator at Compass, you will play a pivotal role in our Estimating department, collaborating closely with a team of five professionals. Your primary responsibilities will include preparing detailed and timely estimates, budgets, and bids across various stages such as conceptual, schematic, design development, and GMP. You will work closely with our Operations team, Senior Project Managers, and Project Directors to ensure comprehensive scope coverage and strategic budgeting.

At Compass we focus on wood framed multifamily projects including market rate apartments, student and senior housing, public or private affordable and low-income housing, and hospitality. We have a defined and organized estimating process that enables our teams to handle multiple project estimates at any one time typically valued between $25-$125M.  We are preparing for future growth and value individuals with strong leadership potential, a drive for success and a desire to bring new ideas to improve upon our estimating systems.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities –

  • Use Timberline software and Excel to develop budgets and bids using Compass standard estimate and recap templates in CSI format.
  • Use Bluebeam or OST for quantity take-offs.
  • Create thorough recaps to evaluate subcontractor and supplier bids and ensure complete scope of work is included and bids are accurately leveled.
  • Communicate early and often with the subcontractors to ensure robust bid coverage, highlight project specific critical or unique details, timely submission, and thorough review of inclusions and exclusions.
  • Develop detailed Clarifications and Assumptions that clarify scope and minimize our risk.
  • Work with Operations staff to ensure that general conditions and general requirements items are adequately represented in estimates.
  • Closely coordinate hand-off of the estimating work product to the project teams and maintain a clear audit trail to facilitate transparency in the transfer of information.
  • Stay abreast of code changes and unique characteristics of the various project types to ensure estimates are comprehensive.
  • Understand current market conditions and direct competition to strategically position Compass for award of new projects.
  • Independently develop conceptual and early budget estimates using internal historical cost data
  • compile, analyze, and report historical data and unit cost information to identify cost trends and support all budgeting exercises.
  • Create strong relationships with existing and new subcontractors, to enhance bid coverage.
  • Maintain a strong, supportive relationship with our clients, providing outstanding customer service.

Other Duties & Responsibilities –

  • Visit jobsites to increase knowledge of construction, as well as, to build rapport with field staff.
  • Attend preconstruction meetings with Owner’s, Architects, and other design consultants to provide cost / benefit information, constructability input, logistics considerations, value engineering and product suggestions.
  • Support project field staff during course of construction.
  • Support a continuous improvement philosophy by contributing innovative ways to become more efficient, accurate and strategic.
  • Participate in Compass extra-curricular activities from time to time, to build rapport with co-workers and/or contribute to our community.
  • Support overall safety mission and goals of the Company.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications –

  • Total of at least 8 years’ experience in an estimating/preconstruction role, including at least 3 years as a Senior Estimator.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent experience is preferred, however not required.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US and we are not sponsoring a H-1B Visa for this position.
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret contract documents, drawings, and specifications.
  • Strong understanding of wood-framed multifamily construction.
  • Experience using takeoff software such as Bluebeam or OST.
  • Experience using Timberline estimating software.
  • Solid knowledge of local non-union subcontractor base in the mixed-use residential market
  • Knowledge of Seattle-area pricing.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to organize and lead teams when requested by the Chief Estimator.
  • A positive “can do” attitude.

Salary Range is $130,000-$145,000.

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