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Estimator - hybrid

Willmott Dixon
Competitive + bonus + benefits
Closing date
7 Jul 2024

Job Details

Willmott Dixon are currently recruiting for an Estimator to join our London and East construction business. Based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, we deliver projects across multiple sectors within north London, the northern home counties and East Anglia. This will be a hybrid role with a mix of remote and office-based working. This is an exciting time to join our London & East business that has been very successful over the last couple of years and has a strong looking order book for the next 2 to 3 years.

As an Estimator you will calculate the build cost for our customers, ensuring we deliver the right net cost, on time, and to the highest quality for cost accuracy. You will collaborate with our wider preconstruction team and supply chain partners to ensure that we provide an accurate cost in line with the customer's requirements, project scope and current legislation. You will ensure the service and standards we provide place customer value at the forefront of delivering a perfect product.

Within the role some of the key duties/responsibilities will include:

* Ensure that all costs on the project are in accordance with the project scope, the customer's requirements and current legislation.

* Collaborate with the wider preconstruction team to secure and convert tender projects.

* Create robust accurate cost plans through the various design gateways up to target price.

* Guide the design team and inform the customer with respect to affordability.

* Use technical experience to identify opportunities and risks along with solutions to add value.

* Collaborate with the project team to identify and value alternative design solutions where required and present to the customer for review.

* Support the design discipline by costing change control items as identified and track through the RIBA Stages.

* Complete or manage project take-offs to the required level of detail (SMM7/NRM2/building quants).

* Provide a complete and robust cost information pack during the substantiation process to the commercial build team at handover, to include completed comparisons, bills of quantities, tender book and quotations.

* Lead the procurement schedule and build supply chain interaction and relationships.

* Review the performance of supply chain partners with the operations team.

* Collaborate with our operations team throughout the preconstruction process to ensure, logistics, programmes and onsite activities and buildability are accounted for in our cost.

* Collaborate with the design lead to capture and include design fees in the tender summary book (consultants, statutory authorities, surveys, schedules, and the like).

* Assist in the change control process, identifying design changes between RIBA stages, advising on the impact of the change and approximate cost.

* Carry out cost assessments on alternative design solutions to inform the final design and project/customer budget.

* Make customer insight led and data-driven decisions to provide solutions to customer requirements.


* Good numeracy skills and written and spoken English.

* 5 GCSEs (A-C Grade) or equivalent, including maths.

* A BTEC in Building Studies, Building Engineering or Building Management or a HNC/HND/Degree in Quantity Surveying/Construction Management/Civil Engineering (or equivalent work experience)

* Minimum relevant level 4 qualification (HNC/NVQ4 etc).


* Working towards MCIOB / MRICS.

Personal qualities:

* Lead by example, take responsibility to make things happen and hold myself accountable for delivering work to the highest standards.

* Skilled communicator, able to deliver messages effectively and understand others through open and honest conversations.

* Embrace challenges, learn from setbacks, and consistently seek new ways to make our business more successful.

* Analytical skills - ability to analyse project specifications and technical documents to accurately estimate cost.

* Attention to detail - precision in reviewing project details and understanding scope of work and considering all relevant factors that affect cost.

* Mathematical proficiency - strong mathematical skills are essential for calculations.

* Resourcefulness - ability to gather and utilise information from multiple sources.

* Time management - efficiently manage time to meet deadlines and deliver estimated cost on time.

Additional Information

Willmott Dixon embraces diversity in the workplace and will consider flexible and agile working. We are a disability confident employer.

Benefits: In return we reward our people generously with a competitive package that gives you flexible benefits to fit your lifestyle and priorities. This includes but is not limited to, an enhanced pension scheme, full / heavily discounted private medical, life assurance, incentive bonus and a car scheme which will make us a market leader in sustainable company travel. Applicable roles will benefit from a motoring expenditure allowance (MEA) and everyone can access a new generation of low carbon and electric cars via the Willmott Dixon run car leasing scheme.


Willmott Dixon is the 2nd largest capital works, regeneration and support services. We pride ourselves on our long history, and in being a sustainable company which respects and care for people in the wider environment.

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