Cost Estimator

Rider Levett Bucknall • Honolulu, HI 96813

Posted 3 weeks ago

Job Description

Title: Cost Estimator

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Category: Construction Cost Management

Reporting to: Office Director

Company Overview

We are looking for dynamic individuals to join our team! With 24 offices in North America and the Caribbean in addition to over a hundred global offices and over 3,500 staff worldwide, RLB has a truly global reach while still offering a local presence to its clients almost without exception. We are committed to our core services and pride ourselves on our dedication to customer care and leading edge service provision.

RLB is an award-winning international firm, known for providing property and construction consultancy advice at all stages of the construction cycle. Utilizing its many years of experience and professionally trained employees, RLB continues to firmly establish itself as one of the major players in the construction industry throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Oceania. Our employees are involved in a variety of projects across a range of sectors, from sports arenas and healthcare to higher education and convention centers.

As a privately held company, we hire the best people, give them exceptional training, and provide extensive opportunities for professional growth while working on exciting projects while providing an excellent compensation and benefits package.

Overview of Role

We are currently recruiting a Cost Estimator to join a client-focused team. This is an exciting opportunity for a high-caliber individual to join and strengthen our office.

The Cost Estimator is responsible for all independent construction cost control functions for review of the construction projects change orders including complete estimates, value analysis, schedule of values, comparisons, assisting with feasibility studies, and historical cost reports. This individual is capable of performing cost control functions on multiple projects of varying complexity simultaneously.

Essential Functions

  • Preparation of construction related cost estimates, cost plans, and cost strategies

  • Change order reviews and valuations of work in progress and bid analyses

  • Preparation of studies and plans on value engineering, life cycle costing, and sustainable practices

  • Prepares work to be estimated by gathering proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents

  • Identifies labor, material, and time requirements by studying proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents

  • Computes costs by analyzing labor, material, and time requirements

  • Resolves discrepancies by collecting and analyzing information

  • Presents prepared estimate by assembling and displaying numerical and descriptive information

  • Prepares special reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends

  • Maintains cost data base by entering and backing up data

  • Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing technical publications

  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate will demonstrate a positive proactive approach to the role, and will be committed to delivering customer service excellence, with good commercial results.

Bachelors Degree in Construction Management or Quantity Surveying or related field is required

Recent experience and specialty in electrical and mechanical cost strategies

Cost control in the commercial/institutional/Industrial sector concentrating on vertical construction

Experience with conceptual and detailed measurement / pricing

Experience in CMGC / GCCM process

Experience with estimating software systems, onscreen takeoff software and BIM

Professional certifications preferred

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Indoor office environment. May require work on site location when necessary

  • Equipment used includes: computers and standard office machines

  • Essential physical tasks include: the ability to work on a computer and the ability to answer and speak on a telephone. May require the use of a ladder on occasion

RLB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices based on race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.


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