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Chief Estimator

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Dragados is a member of ACS Group’s Construction Division. ACS Group has earned worldwide recognition as an expert in the promotion, development, construction and management of infrastructures and services. The group shows a lasting commitment to contributing to the development of the countries in which it has a presence by bringing about improvements in their well-being and sustainable growth through:

• The development of infrastructures, civil engineering, industrial installations, energy plants, telecommunications systems and wastewater treatment plants;

• The provision of services for the purpose of the comprehensive management of urban, logistic and industrial infrastructures;

• Active participation in the sectors essential to the economic and social development of any developed country, such as infrastructures and energy.

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Job Title:                                  Chief Estimator

Division/Department:                 Operations

Reports to:                               VP of Estimating

Location:                                  Costa Mesa, CA

FSLA:                                       Exempt



  • Organizes strategic plan for pursuit of identified projects
  • Reviews and assesses market data with VP Estimating and business development team to accurately prepare bids for proposals. 
  • Preparation of bids.
  • Must have the ability and experience to prepare project schedule from scratch.
  • Works closely with management and legal teams to review local and federal regulations to ensure all are covered for proposals. 
  • Pursues, builds and maintains strong relationships in the industry to enable effective communication/ties to the local market.
  • Executes additional duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • Engineering and Design of complex construction projects
  • Determine labor and equipment costs.
  • Prepare accurate quantity takeoffs and materials pricing.
  • Review and understand all bid documents and assess project risks.
  • Understand project logistics and project schedule.
  • Compare and analyze competitive subcontractor and supplier bids.
  • Review quotes and estimates with the Project Management Team.
  • Prepare estimates at different levels of completion (conceptual, Schematic, DD, CD, etc.)
  • Perform certain post-bid buyouts.  



  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in, Engineering or Construction Management is preferred
  • At least (15) years of experience in project management / Estimating
  • Knowledge and experience of construction practices in the Western US region.
  • Capacity to organize and manage large teams. 
  • Extensive knowledge in the area of cost for labor, materials, etc. to accurately prepare bids.
  • Ability to review and address technical issues with solutions in a timely manner.
  • Travel is required as needed
  • Knowledge and experience with HCSS HeavyBid, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Communication – excellent oral presentation and written skills
  • Goal oriented – able to set goals and achieve them
  • Interpersonal – able to work well and persuade people at all organization levels
  • Organizational ability – able to plan, prioritize, organize and monitor activities and projects. Able to work well in a group environment and foster a team approach.



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