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Senior Estimator

Edmonton, AB

Senior Estimator

The future you want is within reach.


At PCL, we build the places where life happens and find camaraderie in the process. We’re a community of builders committed to building better communities. That’s why we’re always looking ahead, and not just to the next project or what’s next in our industry.


We’re also looking ahead at what’s next for you. We’re ready to help you build a career you’ll love — one where you get to use your best talents as you discover new ones along the way. If you can picture yourself working with a team that enjoys tackling challenges while encouraging each other to succeed, then you belong at PCL.


If you see yourself growing with PCL as a Senior Estimator, apply to this posting and we’ll consider you for future opportunities.


Once you apply, our recruitment team will review your application and contact you if your experience is a good fit for the position. In the meantime, sign up for our talent community so you can be the first to know about PCL opportunities.


Here's how a(n) Senior Estimator contributes to our team:


  • Conducts detailed analysis of contract documents (isometric, as-built, and engineering drawings) and specifications for large and complex hard-bid / lumpsum, construction management, and large design build projects to determine overall project requirements (bonding, insurance, etc.).
  • Establishes a critical path schedule including milestone dates and completion timelines to meet contract completion dates for large projects.
  • Completes full quantity take-off of all labor, equipment, and materials for larger scopes. Reviews current material and construction equipment pricing from purchasing department and ensures bid validity and price escalation is addressed and meets project’s needs.
  • Leads pricing the general expense and project-specific general requirements for medium to large projects (lump sum and construction management).
  • Completes final bid submission review and oversees final tender document submission to client on behalf of PCL (with chief estimator).
  • Conducts a risk and opportunity analysis for review by chief estimator to add into risk register.
  • Liaises with external consultants and project management organizations to estimate project budget requirements and coordinates tender development process on behalf of clients.
  • Assists chief estimator in collecting and analyzing historical information and benchmarks.
  • Monitors client project-specific success criteria; specifically understands owners’ business, requirements, revenue generation, and provides solutions. Holds team accountable and challenges team and project to find creative solutions for overall project benefit.
  • Advises management on strategic pursuit initiatives and opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline or Trade experience or equivalent.
  • Gold Seal certification in estimating required (CDN).
  • 12 years of progressive experience in construction cost estimating with 12 months of onsite experience preferred.
  • Successfully led pursuits valued up to $250 million in delivery model hard bid/lump sum, construction management/cost reimbursable/target price and/or design build.
  • Experience with self-perform estimate and productivity understanding.
  • Knowledge and understanding of different construction methods, planning, scheduling, sequencing, potential problems, and timelines and is a district champion in these matters.
  • Extensive knowledge of key principles involved in bid preparation, including quantity take-off procedures, trade contractor procurement, pricing and bid closing procedures.
  • Expert in understanding and teaching contract terms for various delivery models and able to identify contract risks and opportunity.
  • Understands different bid processes and contract delivery type methods: Hard bid/lump sum, guaranteed maximum price (GMP), unit price, design-build, target prices and construction management/cost reimbursable.
  • Ability to lead successful teams.
  • Resourceful and self-motivated with strong organizational skills and ability to multitask.
  • Strong ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with owners, peers and industry representatives, and leverage the industry relationships for a competitive advantage.

PCL is an innovative, employee-owned company of people who find passion in their profession and take pride in doing great work every day. Our work powers the infrastructure and utilities that are essential to daily life and our projects are the scene of vacations, careers, education and healing. We are consistently ranked among the best companies to work for because we are committed to supporting and developing our teams. 


The PCL Companies celebrate diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating equitable opportunities and an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We make employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability or veteran status.


Should you require an accommodation during the application process, please contact us at with the position and location you are interested in.


Safety is a core value that guides everything we do. As such, all PCL salary and student employees based in Canada are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees may request an exemption due to medical condition(s) and other applicable human rights grounds. Learn more about PCL’s COVID-19 response to keeping our workplaces safe.


Together, we can build success and a better future. Let’s get started!


Primary Location:  Edmonton, Alberta (Buildings), Calgary, Alberta, Ottawa, Ontario, Regina, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Montréal, Quebec 

Job: Senior Estimator  

Requisition: 4594

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