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Senior Estimator

Position Summary

Compass is currently in search for a Sr. Estimator with potential for growth into our Chief Estimator. The ideal candidate is detail orientated and hardworking. You will be leading the charge in all Estimating efforts while working alongside a team of 4. You will be responsible for preparing accurate, timely budgets and bids as assigned, including conceptual, schematic, design development, and CD estimates. As a Senior Estimator, you will work closely with the Operations team and Senior Project Managers to ensure complete detailed scope and budgets.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Use Timberline software to create budgets and bids, as described in the Position Summary above

  • Create CSI and Uniformat budget formats, depending on the stage of the project

  • Use Bluebeam or OST for quantity take-offs

  • Create thorough bid recaps for subcontractor and supplier scopes of work

  • Properly analyze bids to ensure complete scope and avoid double-ups between trades

  • 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 project hand-offs to Operations and maintain a clear audit trail to facilitate transfer of information to the field staff

  • Assist the Chief Estimator, upon request, with compilation of historical data and unit cost information

  • Create strong relationships with subcontractors, to enhance bid coverage and understand how we can support their efforts

  • 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

  • Provide value engineering budget options that assist the client in meeting the budget

  • Support project field staff during course of construction

  • Support a continuous improvement philosophy by contributing innovative ways to become more efficient, accurate, and/or professional

  • 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



  • 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

  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret contract documents, drawings, and specifications

  • Strong knowledge base in all divisions of mixed-use building components

  • 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

  • General knowledge of wood-framed structures

  • 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

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