Experienced Landscape Estimator

From horticruitment

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Working For: horticruitment

Experienced Landscape Estimator required

Job Ref J174A

Our client is an award winning privately owned regional landscape business specialising in all aspects of commercial landscaping. Their contracts are typically on large public, commercial, industrial, and housing sites geographically spread throughout South Wales and South West England. They do not generally undertake any domestic garden contracts for private individuals. Our clients landscape construction contracts are typically associated with new commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, housing and associated infrastructure and roads etc., or they involve carrying out environmental improvements to established town centres, residential or industrial areas. In addition to maintaining schemes that they have put in place they also have grounds maintenance teams that are responsible for maintaining a large number of established commercial, retail and residential properties that range from small, sheltered housing complexes for elderly persons through to housing estates exceeding 400 units. The sports projects are often associated with schools or public parks.

The Role:

The Estimator role involves working with an assistant and in liaison with the directors and contracts management staff. Being responsible for compiling formal tenders/quotations for new works, which usually requires putting together a schedule of works, taking information from drawings/specifications that have been provided to the client. Our client uses estimating software which is widely used within the construction industry, but our clients software has been heavily customised to suit their needs as a specialist construction subcontractor.

Job Description:

The successful applicant will also need to have good literacy, and computer skills as you will be required to use the full suite of Microsoft Office software. You will also need to be able to demonstrate the following key skills:

-Very good attention to detail as you will be required to create detailed schedules of work using information taken from drawings and so to ensure that quotations are accurate and compiled in accordance with the clients requirements, the drawings and associated information provided must be interpreted accurately

-The ability to work to tight deadlines and to co-ordinate the efforts of the assistant to ensure that deadlines are met

-Excellent communication and negotiation skills and the ability to liaise with clients, suppliers, subcontractors and staff within the organisation at all levels

-Excellent technical knowledge in both hard and ideally soft landscaping although the specialist software will provide you with comprehensive library information to assist you with pricing up soft landscape works

-A strong commercial awareness

Key Skills:

Key tasks with support from your Estimating Assistant will include:

-Ensuring that management are aware of opportunities for new projects that are advertised on-line for example through the Sell2Wales portal

-Undertaking pre-tender site inspections and on occasions attending pre-tender and pre-contract interviews

-Ensuring that all tender/quotation enquiries are entered upon receipt onto the database and that all information provided is saved to the IT system.

-Printing off drawings, specifications and other such information from e-mail enquiries.

-Taking information from drawings, (including measuring/calculating areas with specialist software) and specifications and using this information to create a Schedule of Works where a Schedule of Works/Bill of Quantities has not been provided.

-Contacting suppliers and specialist subcontractors to obtain quotations as necessary and completing supplier/subcontractor price comparisons using MS Excel.

-Compiling our tender/quotation using the estimating software and applying mark-up etc. after reviewing the current commercial considerations with the directors.

-Maintaining our estimating software library with up-to-date information.

-Following up on tenders/quotations that have submitted to establish who the successful main contractor is and where possible, to gain some feedback as to which areas of a quotation that were least competitive on when the tender/quotation is unsuccessful for future reference.

You will also be expected to contribute to the wider management of the business through regular informal discussion sessions and participation at quarterly staff meetings and through undertaking staff appraisals with the assistant.

If this Experienced Landscape Estimator vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 732767 or ruth@horticruitment.com

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