Cost Estimating Manager

Sewickley, Pennsylvania, United States | Full-time | Partially remote


At AE Works, we are more than just an architectural and engineering firm. We are on a mission to make building projects a better value. As a certified B Corporation, our commitment to people, planet, and purpose drives every facet of our work. We believe that the spaces we create should not only inspire and innovate, but also be sustainable, functional, and transformative. With a passion for design excellence and a dedication to social and environmental responsibility, we take pride in our role as industry leaders, shaping the future of architecture and engineering while making a positive impact on the world. Join us in reimagining the possibilities of design, where each project is a testament to our unwavering belief that building a better future is not just a goal; it's a promise.

AE Works is seeking a talented Manager - Cost Estimating to join our team. As a Cost Estimating Manager at AE Works you will be responsible for building and managing a team tasked with the successful execution of estimates and budgets for our clients and helping our design teams work within the allotted budgets for buildings and facilities renovation projects.

This position will be based out of our Pittsburgh, PA office and comes with a competitive salary based on relevant experience as well as generous perks and benefits including medical, vision, dental, and disability insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, a 401k, dress-for-your-day dress code, virtual working capability, and a work-from-home equipment allowance.

Role and Responsibilities for Position:

  • Leads cost estimating and value management strategy and scheduling discussions both internally and with clients.
  • Manages a multi-person cost estimating team workload and personnel.
  • Manages AE Works’ cost database and maintains knowledge of construction industry trends and pricing to implement in estimates and advise teams and clients.
  • Owns and executes estimates through various phases of design on multiple projects.
  • Works primarily as the sole responsible estimator to lead estimates for projects across all disciplines.
  • Develops or reviews early project budgets to determine directional accuracy of early owner targets and anticipated scopes of work.
  • Integrates with project design teams and owners to manage the value of the design and project from concept through construction documents.
  • Creates and communicates preconstruction project schedules in support of estimates and deliverables to clients and teams.
  • Develops or assists in developing bids for projects, including soliciting, leveling, and reviewing bids with recommendations based on the review.

Technical Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution with degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or Business highly preferred.
  • 15+ years progressive experience working on commercial building design and/or construction projects as a project estimator or similar.
  • Work experience leading and significantly contributing to estimates for commercial building projects in areas of federal, healthcare, senior care, higher education, commercial, public safety, and/or local governmental projects.
  • Ability to understand design documents and conceptualize design when necessary to apply construction estimates and/or pricing to those design documents for Site/Civil, Landscaping, Architectural Façade, Structure, Architectural Interiors, Plumbing/Fire Protection, Mechanical and Electrical/Systems.
  • Strong technical knowledge of current construction pricing data in both total project cost/SF for different project types and unit pricing for detailed estimates.
  • Ability to create and update basic construction project Gantt schedules to be utilized in preconstruction highly preferred.
  • Strong communicator with the ability to build relationships with clients and peers.
  • Skilled with using cloud based and mobile technology for collaboration.
  • Articulate in both written and verbal communication skills.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Excel, Estimating Software, Scheduling Software, and familiarity with RS Means cost database (or similar cost database).

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. EEO is the law.

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