Principal Estimating Manager

Purpose of the Position:

Develop and oversee the development of, conceptual estimates for varied small project types ranging in value from $50,000 to $10,000,000 and large projects ranging from $10,000,000 to $80,000,000+.. Develop cost alternative solutions, and assist the project team in preparing and managing estimates throughout the funding phases. Leads the development of capital/expense forecasting in support of annual and multiyear capital planning. Oversees a team of 2-4 estimators, both internal employees and temporary consultants. The Principal Estimating Manager performs independently and without appreciable direction. Exercises independent judgment in methods and techniques for obtaining results. Serves as consultant and advisor to internal management.


Job Duties/Responsibilities:

• Develop and oversee conceptual ROM estimates to support the long range financial plan, and initiation phase of new projects. Ability to work conceptually with minimum information. Capable of producing from a blank sheet of paper a conceptual estimate covering the phases from initiation through to final project close out; identify major phases through that timeline and be able to discuss major cost contributors.  Knowledge of system start up sequences and major dependencies.

• At the completion of the project, develop and ensure recording of the project’s historical cost information and “lessons learned” for future use.

• Develop and contribute to ongoing benchmarking activities using EOS benchmarking software, developing the data into highly usable benchmarking for future projects

• Define Site Services Policies and Procedures required for project estimating methods to be used in the Project Delivery Process.

• Prepare preliminary estimates and studies during the pre-construction phase, monitor design development cost trends in order to detect over-runs and potential problem areas.

• Interface with external cost consultants and general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers and evaluate proposed estimates.

• Participate in the value engineering process.

• Keep and effectively utilize historical records of project costs.

• Analyze change orders for cost impact.

• Plan and facilitate Risk Identification and Mitigation Plan sessions for large projects.

• Perform Monte Carlo simulations on project estimates to provide risk management with an overall perspective of the risks inherent in a facilities management role in a large Biotech manufacturing and Research and Development site such as our company’s South San Francisco campus.

• Support capital/expense planning process with cash flow forecasting based on high-level capital portfolio

Competencies Identified for Success:

Business Knowledge: demonstrates understanding of how Site Services performance contributes to our company’s results.  Demonstrates thorough grasp of functions, regulatory issues, and operations in own and in key stakeholders’ work areas.  Contributes to the business planning process by developing detailed understanding of customers’ needs, issues, and priorities - consistently searching for ways to improve services to them.

Influencing Others: Builds credibility through strong relationships and a solid track record of results. Leverages alliances to garner support for ideas. Recognizes when expected conflict is stalling results and makes changes to address the problem.

Applying Technical Expertise: demonstrates deep functional knowledge and stays current in the appropriate fields; adeptly applies expertise to company business issues.

Collaboration & Teamwork: work with peers, partners, and others, including individuals outside their own team and functional area to positively impact business performance and optimize the input of those involved.

Leading Innovation & Change: generate opportunities for innovations in services, processes, and/or systems. Support and lead changes to the status quo - not only changes that pave the way for innovation, but also those that are required for improving business effectiveness and efficiency and ensuring future success.

Drive for Results: drive for the achievement and improvement of business results

Communication: frame information accurately and concisely, effectively sending and receiving messages when interacting with others.


Qualifications: Education, Experience, Knowledge and Skills:

(Minimum requirements)

Understand mechanical, electrical, process piping / equipment and owners cost estimating & schedule requirements and coordinate input with the Project Team with timely and professional presentations.

Ability to conceptually visualize and quantify project requirements.

Knowledge of building construction, materials, systems, market conditions and trade practices; some general PM experience and scheduling knowledge would be an advantage.

Excellent collaboration and communication skills are required.

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, building construction or similar is preferable or applicable experience.

Candidate should have a minimum of 12-15 years of estimating experience in the Construction Industry.

It is an advantage to have experience in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech Industry.

Strong computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft office suite programs. Knowledge of Estimating Programs; in particular Timberline is desirable.

Certification by AACE is preferred.

PMP certification is a plus.

Some travel may be required


Benefits - Full 
Relocation Assistance Available - Yes 
Bonus Eligible - Yes 

Candidate Details
10+ to 15 years experience
Minimum Education - Bachelor's Degree
Willingness to Travel - Occasionally