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Senior Estimator - Rail at VolkerWessels UK

Senior Estimator - Rail

VolkerWessels UK Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire Full Time
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About us

VolkerFitzpatrick is one of the leading engineering and construction companies in the UK and provide specialist building, civil engineering and rail expertise to a range of markets to provide a truly integrated service to clients. We possess proven experience and deliver successful projects in a wide range of industries, including commercial, industrial, education, rail infrastructure and depots, airports, waste and energy.

Our teams of skilled and dedicated staff work closely with our clients to understand their requirements and objectives to deliver quality projects that are innovative, sustainable and exceed expectations.

Of upmost importance on all our sites and projects is the safety of our 850+ employees, our subcontractors and the communities in which we work.

VolkerFitzpatrick is part of VolkerWessels UK, a multi-disciplinary construction and civil engineering group operating across the UK in six operating companies.

The role

The role of the Estimating Department is to produce the most competitive nett cost and to establish, maintain and improve procedures for the control and effectiveness of the estimating function in line with company policy and business objectives.

Key accountabilities

  • Interpret and understand technical, commercial and contractual requirements of tender documentation
  • Ensure that they remain aware of events and continually evaluate costs, giving VF a leading edge in the marketplace
  • Pro-actively seek and gain knowledge of competitors
  • Produce and submit competitive and accurate tenders
  • Ensure consistency and coherency of all aspects of bid
  • Actively pursue alternatives and innovations
  • Arrange and attend tender debriefings with clients and monitor results
  • Effectively communicate and ensure that the operations team fully understand the tender hand-over
  • Carry out ad hoc projects as directed by the Head of Estimating, Rail & Infrastructure
  • To regularly visit operational sites and actively seek feedback
  • Develop and maintain relationships with clients, professionals, subcontractors and suppliers
  • Train support staff
  • Provide technical support to both external clients/subcontracts/design consultants and internal departments
  • Fully understand the customer i.e. structure, drivers, requirements etc.
  • Analyse data to inform and/or challenge solution development
  • Design and develop bespoke cost and pricing models
  • Remain fully conversant with current legislation and company policies
  • Analyse risks and opportunities for board approval
  • Provide support to operational and mobilisation teams when new contracts go live to ensure correct interpretation of contractual obligations and payment structures
  • Ensure all opportunities for margin enhancement are identified and pursued
  • Establish a personal development plan and demonstrate its effectiveness by frequent review with the Head of Estimating – Rail & Infrastructure.
  • Skills & experience


  • To possess a sound construction/engineering knowledge
  • To have good mathematical knowledge
  • To be up to date with IT packages including Workspace & Conquest
  • Commercial

  • To remain constantly aware of events and continually evaluate costs to maintain a leading edge within the market place
  • To have good overall knowledge of Competitors
  • Contractual

  • To keep up to date with current legislation
  • Understand the conditions of contract
  • Administrative

  • Be able to set up and maintain good systems and procedures.
  • General

  • To possess effective Time Management skills, with a demonstrable ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Other

    Salary: Competitive + Excellent Benefits


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