Estimator/Project Manager – Fabrication

July 15, 2022


Prepare comprehensive Fabrication budgets and estimate proposals through quantity surveying and detailed pricing for commercial construction projects. Assignments will range in value but will often exceed $500,000.

Demonstrate excellent people and communication skills and is the lead during the bidding of a project, working closely with others within the company during the bid process to achieve thorough, detailed, accurate estimates and their timely delivery to our clients.

Responsible for Fabrication projects. Lead the company’s efforts during the construction and close-out of a project.  Work closely with the general contractor, subcontractors, and internal teams/trades to deliver a timely and successful project to our clients and ensure that the company’s goals (profitability, safety, quality, etc.) are met.


Business Development

  • Qualifying leads, identifying clients’ needs, and presenting our company to potential clients.
  • Participate in business development and sales efforts with new and existing business opportunities to fuel the company’s growth path.
  • Build and maintain long-term trusting business relationships with new and existing clients as well as other business associates in the industry.


  • Prepare accurate conceptual estimates, budgets, and pricing, per bid procedures:
    • Organize, thorough quantity Take-off;
    • Review all drawings, addenda, specifications, RFI’s, attend pre-bid meetings, etc. to determine the scope of work for an estimate;
    • Review bid documents for any special requirements (i.e., bid bonds, insurances, pre-qualifications, signatures, etc.), and get to appropriate company personnel well in advance of bid;
    • Generate and submit bid questions/RFIs;
    • Meet bid deadline; and
    • Prepare a formal proposal to include cover letters, bid proposal, cost breakdown, clarifications, the complete scope of work narrative, and exclusions.
  • Review bids with Project Executive and Division Manager prior to submission.
  • Follow-up after submission of estimates to General Contractors.
  • Participate in negotiating final pricing, contracts, etc., as required.
  • Coordinate with project managers, superintendents, field personnel, purchasing, and safety on successful bids to provide a smooth and thorough transition to the project team.
    • Assist Project Managers with scopes of work;
    • Review drawings, specifications, and owner requirements with Project Managers. Superintendents, Safety and Purchasing; and
    • Prepare estimate turnovers.

Pre-Construction and Construction

  • Coordinate a Kick-Off meeting with estimating, purchasing, BIM, engineering, prefabrication, accounting, and safety.
  • Verify/retake-off estimates to prepare a budget for the project based on prefabrication, value engineering, construction methods, and material quantities specific to the project.
  • Create, analyze, and release material RFQs and subcontractor proposals.
  • Review contract, request revisions, communicate contract deficiencies and ensure project and team compliance with all contract terms, policies, procedures, standards, and requirements.
  • Identify and remedy challenges and deficiencies related to schedule, staffing, materials, costs, means and methods, coordination, etc. on a project and take a proactive approach to come up with the best possible solution.
  • Present project requirements to internal teams that include field operations, project management, purchasing, engineering, safety, accounting, and IT teams.
  • Implement company procedures, techniques, and document controls to assure timely buyout, shop drawing approval, material delivery, and flow of project information.
  • Coordinate preparation of front-end documents including but not limited to: Submittals, SDS, JHA, IIIP’s Safety Manuals, and QAQC Program.
  • Setup job site meetings to review ongoing and new project obligations.
  • Create and maintain manpower plans, activity sequencing plans, and resources requirements, and communicate to the appropriate internal teams and clients.
  • Revise material lists as required for project schedules and change order work.
  • Review and Track field paperwork submissions including, but not limited to Time Entry, Pre-Task Planning, Safety, and Quality Control.
  • Work with purchasing department to deliver cost-effective subcontract and material purchases.
    • Monitor material orders, including tracking, delivery, and stocking.
  • Manage all financial aspects of the contract and accurately project final costs at every point in the project.
    • Prepare project budget and schedule of values prior to activities being charged to the project.
    • Prepare monthly billings and manage the cash flow of the project.
    • Supervise documentation of all significant project events, e.g., delays, Change Orders.
    • Review and price all project cost/impact events.
    • Negotiate Change Orders for a favorable result for the company.
  • Manage assigned manufacturing team, Assistant Project Managers, Project Assistants, and coordinate Project Team activities.


  • Review project Accounts Receivable aging and outstanding change orders for closeout package approval.
  • Negotiate and collect outstanding change orders.
  • Prepare and submit final progress billings and retention billings.


  • Provide ongoing communication with clients, architects, construction managers, owners, and other project stakeholders.
  • Communicate with internal teams to promote organizational efficiency.
  • Manage projects to achieve financial, safety, quality, and other objectives set by California Drywall.
  • Lead the well-organized, professional delivery of Cal Drywall products and services to ensure a successful project for our clients.
  • Promote a team approach and participate in the improvement of California Drywall.
  • Adhere to and enforce all applicable policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • 4-year related degree or equivalent combination of technical training and/or field experience preferred.
  • 4+ years of architectural sheet metal estimating and project management experience, including:
    • Metal Roofing
    • Louvers
    • Column Covers
    • Architectural Flashings
    • Metal Siding/Exterior Walls
  • Demonstrate a track record of successful, profitable projects with contracts in excess of $500,000.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of codes and construction principles, techniques, and procedures as they relate to our business as well as how they interrelate with other trades and overall job schedules.
  • Good business judgment and the ability to apply common sense in solving problems.
  • Attention to detail, follow-through, and timeliness.
  • Above average computer skills including experience with:
    • Global Shop
    • PeerAssist
    • Outlook, Word, Excel, MS Project, etc.
    • Bluebeam or similar PDF software.
  • Strong network of longstanding relationships with General Contractors.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Ability to work independently and perform well under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities and experience handling complex problems.
  • Ability to multitask and coordinate multiple jobs simultaneously.
  • Strong relationship management and interpersonal skills – effectively build consensus and work with general contractors, architects, construction managers, owners, consultants, vendors, and internal team to achieve desired results and objectives.


  • Office and/or job site work environment with exposure to different noises, weather, dust, temperature, etc.
  • Some Travel may be required.


Reports to Project Executive

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