Senior Cost Estimator / Estimating Manager
Cockram Construction - South San Francisco, CA

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Cockram Construction Inc is a management owned, integrated Construction Services business founded by Thomas Cockram in 1861 in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Our areas of operation include: military, government, industrial, chemical, pharma/bio, oil & gas/petrochem, food & beverage, electronics, institutional, health care, R&D and commercial
  • We specialize in providing capital project solutions with a focus that is integral to the clients end needs. We provide EPCM, PM, CM and project controls services.
  • We have a proven track record for project delivery worldwide: safely, on time, to quality standards and to the original cost target.

- Prepares estimate plan, basis of estimates, and conceptual estimates for new projects, including scaling of quantities, schedule of items, calculation of quantities, pricing, and preliminaries - Develops the basis of estimate at a level of detail appropriate to the size and complexity of the project, providing the pricing methodology along with assumptions and clarifications

- Coordinates estimate reviews with the appropriate project team members

- Evaluates and recommends all allowance categories, including design allowance, construction allowance, escalation, and contingency as required to represent the final budget of the project.

- Tracks historical costs with appropriate benchmarking data to support future project estimates and funding requests.

- Analyzes quotes and makes comparisons from sub-contractors and suppliers.

- Compiles bid tab history information

- Determine project ROM budget at project initiation based on preliminary scope and pre-drawing ideas

- Develop estimates based on project WBS

- Evaluate feasibility of multiple options in the planning phase on the project

- Provide estimate of costs of varied types of construction methods and projects

- Recommend best use of available capital to meet project drivers and expectations

- Present results of evaluations and options to client management

- Develops and maintains standard material and labor units taking in to consideration geographical, economical, and other assumptions.

- Cost research for local and overseas markets, including dealing with currency issues, need for quality, etc.

- Assisting with post-tender variations.

- Actively solicit and encourage sub-contractors and suppliers to price our work competitively.

- Obtain confirmation of sub-contractor/supplier quotations and prepare a balanced/rated Bill of Quantities on successful projects.

- Liaise with construction staff on estimate anomalies and variances

- Other duties as would be expected in an Estimating Department

Education, Qualifications and Experience
- Cost Planning and Cost Estimating training and background
- Experience supporting small and large scale engineering and construction projects
- Background in the biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry, with experience in office and laboratory construction is required
Experience in GMP manufacturing and supply chain construction
- Knowledgeable in cost engineering and scheduling, with a background interfacing with both
- At least 8-10 years of overall estimation experience with BA degree or additional years without BA, plus prior experience within the last 2-5 years in an estimation oversight and review role

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About this company
Esslemont Cockram is a merger of two of the oldest and most reputable commercial and industrial construction companies in Australia.