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Lead Estimator
Position: Location: Salary: Type:
Lead Estimator Middle East Negotiable Permanent


  • To prepare and correlate estimation packages for existing and future projects. To prepare ‘Take Offs’

Key Aims and Objectives

  • Seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality as specified by the contract and/or engineering and building regulations, which needs to be understood and adhered to.

Prime Responsibilities and Duties

  • Prepare and submit Claims through to completion.
  • To be responsible for determining how much a project will cost.
  • To determine project timescales.
  • To review the revenues of the projects - taking into account factors such as labour costs, material costs, equipment rental, manufacturing locations, facility costs and required permits and licensing.
  • To work closely with the commercial team and project management team to ensure the project meets all financial and regulatory guidelines.
  • Maintain the profit margin and handle any changes in the original estimates.
  • To keep track of current pricing and to negotiate better rates for long-term or large-scale projects.
  • Responsible for keeping track of the current Union labor rates for the areas in which he/she works so that estimates always include current labor numbers and norms.
  • Responsible for maintaining relationships with suppliers and equipment vendors.
  • Works closely with the Quantity Surveyor involved within various projects.
  • Will be required to work for the client or the contractor, working in an office or on-site.
  • Involved in projects from start to completion – also preparing estimates and costs of the work outside the oil and gas sector.
  • Knowledgeable about all processes required to complete a project.
  • Current on potential costs of materials and equipment rental rates.

Key reporting requirements

  • Monthly Report detailing tenders, contracts and analyses

Key interfaces

  • Senior Commercial Manager and Commercial Manager
  • Commercial Team
  • Contracts Team
  • Clients
  • Subcontractors

The Person

  • Up to 15 years practical job experience within the engineering functions of the Oil & Gas industry would be an advantage;
  • Overseas and/or Africa work experience
  • Computer Literate – MS Project, MS Excel, MS Word,
  • Familiar with EDMS – Team Binder or similar
  • Experience of working in multicultural environments
  • Good English written and verbal
  • Effectively works under pressure in a team-oriented environment;
  • Demonstrates the ability to meet deadlines and produce quality complex work