Senior Estimator – Paint

July 24, 2020

California Drywall is currently seeking a Senior Estimator for its for its Paint Division.

The Estimator will prepare comprehensive interior and exterior Paint budgets and estimate proposals through quantity surveying and detailed pricing for commercial construction projects, Assignments will range in value, but will often range from $1,000,000 – $5,000,000.

The Estimator will 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.

We expect our estimators to transfer complete information and work closely with internal team (project managers, superintendents, purchasing, safety, field personnel, finance, etc.) upon awarding of jobs to ensure that the company’s goals (profitability, safety, quality, etc.) are met or exceeded for each project.



  • Prepare accurate conceptual estimates, budgets and pricing, per bid procedures:
    • Organized, thorough quantity take off
    • Review of all drawings, addenda, specifications, RFI’s, attend pre-bid meetings, etc. to determine scope of work for estimate,
    • Review of 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,
    • Generating and submitting bid questions/RFIs,
    • Meeting bid deadline,
    • Preparation of formal proposal, including cover letters and bid proposal, including the cost breakdown, clarifications, complete scope of work narrative and exclusions.
  • 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,
    • Prepare estimate turnovers.
  • Develop business with new and existing clients and maintain relationships with contacts industry wide.
  • Participate in business development and sales efforts.
  • Perform well under tight deadlines.
  • Promote a team approach and participate in the improvement of California Drywall.



To be eligible to perform this job, an individual must possess the following:

  • 4 year related degree or equivalent combination of technical training and/or field experience,
  • 8+ years estimating/project management experience for commercial paint projects, including:
    • Wall-coverings
    • Decorative coatings
    • Faux finishes
    • Waterproofing
    • Staining
    • Special Coatings
    • Acoustical Wall Panels
    • High performance coatings
    • Intumescent coatings
  • A demonstrated track record of successful, profitable projects of $500,000 +,
  • Proven track record for working well for/with General Contractors,
  • Comprehensive knowledge of cost control, budgeting, and accurate and decisive cost reporting, billing and forecasting
  • Comprehensive knowledge of codes, standards, materials, and construction techniques unique to our business,
  • Above average computer skills including experience with:
    • Estimating software (On Center Quick Bid, On Screen Take Off, etc.),
    • Scheduling software (Primavera, MS Project, etc.),
    • Outlook, Word, Excel, MS Project, etc.
  • Ability to both work independently and as a member of a team,
  • Must be personable and possess good communication skills – Serve as company interface with general contractors, architects, construction managers, owners, consultants, vendors and internal team.



This is an opportunity with growth potential. Our comprehensive benefit package includes:

  • Competitive pay
  • Incentive bonus plan
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with match
  • Medical and dental insurance plans with flexible spending account option
  • Life insurance, accidental death and disability benefits
  • Flexible paid time off policy and paid holidays

California Drywall is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Founded in 1946, California Drywall is a full-service specialty contractor. We are consistently ranked among the largest Specialty Contractors in California and United States by ENR (Engineering News Record). With offices in San Jose, San Francisco, and Livermore, we perform work throughout Northern California and the Central Valley. Our projects range from $5,000 to over $80 million. We are driven by strong relationships with our clients and our projects include some of the highest profile in the region and country.

California Drywall is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Send your resume, including salary requirements, to Please put Senior Paint Estimator for in the email title.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. California Drywall does not sponsor applicants for work visas.

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