Estimator / Negotiator III (Closed)

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Estimator / Negotiator III – MSC Projects
Assignment: Los Angeles World Airports
Salary: up to $145.6K annual, depending upon experience

General Duties
The Senior Estimator / Negotiator reports to the Terminal Element Manager and the MSC Project Controls Manager. The ideal candidate will help develop the preliminary construction cost estimate from planning documents; monitor and reconcile the cost estimate as the design progresses; participate in pre-award value engineering and constructability review discussions; and once the contract is awarded, will review change order proposals, develop a fair and reasonable recommendation, negotiate the change with the contractor, and prepare the record of negotiation documentation.

Develop conceptual cost estimates from preliminary planning documents, price alternatives and options, and offer opinions of problable cost for different phasing scenarios that may be discussed.

Develop detailed cost estimates from the engineering drawings; proactively identify deficiencies and/or questions; and actively assist the project team toward the answers.

Actively reconcile the internal estimates with those prepared by third-parties; engage the third-party entities in an informative, collaborative reconciliation; and communicate the results of the reconciliation effort.

Proactively establish a routine reporting cycle that clearly communicates when an estimate changes and why.

Prepares and reviews material take offs from planning documents or engineering drawings. Prepares conceptual and comparative cost study estimates from preliminary sketches. Prepares detailed breakdown of components and elements of estimates for systems and subsystems. Prepares estimates by applying unit rates for man hours, labor dollars, material dollars, and construction equipment dollars and all-in unit cost determination, calculating extensions and the application of standard factors, overhead rates and fees. Accumulates, evaluates and documents historical cost data for the development of future estimates.

Prepares and / or reviews final Engineer’s estimate. Reviews contract documents and contract modifications to determine scope of work and equitable cost allowance for scope changes.

Provides coordination and liaison with project management and project engineering personnel throughout the estimate development.

Trains and supervises subordinate estimating personnel, when necessary.

Element Specific Requirements
The candidate will participate in the design-to-budget negotiation meetings with the design-build contractor and:

1) Discuss the LAWA position after the contractor established their position. Share the basis of the LAWA position to ensure a fair and reasonable understanding;
2) Seek to find points of agreement early in the discussion and document the agreements;
3) Determine points of disagreement and path to resolution. Adopt a reasonable, but contractual attitude;
4) Develop the record of negotiation documentation.

This candidate will support the change management process for the LAWA Airports Development Group projects that are underway or being planned. The candidate will review change order proposals and:

1) Review the proposal and assist with the determination of merit;
2) Review the scope specified within the proposal to ensure it includes appropriate scope;
3) Review the labor rates to ensure conformance to the contract specifications;
4) Review labor productivity to ensure that the labor hours are in conformance with working restrictions, overtime is appropriate, etc.;
5) Review quantities and ensure there is a fair and reasonable representation of additional scope, as well as possible credits;
6) Review the material pricing and validate against R.S. Means or other pricing references;
7) Review pre-purchased material or equipment and/or equipment rental rates against fair and reasonable pricing references;
8) Review contractor mark-ups to ensure that the correct mark-ups are being used and that any mark-up caps are not exceeded.

Hardware / Software Knowledge:
• Demonstrated proficiency estimating formats, including Uniformat II
• Proficient with industry estimating databases and other estimating data sources, e.g. RS Means, Richardsons, etc.
• Microsoft Office Suite
• Proficient with large-scale estimating software. Experience with On-screen Take-off and MC2 is highly desirable.

Professional Experience Level and Other Qualifications
• Demonstrates a proactive, firm and respectful approach to estimate reconciliation efforts and change order processing
• Proven accuracy, reliability and completeness in job accomplishment
• Effective oral and written communication skills
• Proficient with large-scale estimating software
• Experience with On-screen Take-off and MC2 is highly desirable
• A minimum of ten (10) years, with fifteen (15) years preferred, of general estimating experience directly related to both engineering and construction projects is required
• Bachelors degree in Engineering or related field required.
• Previous experience with airports, design-build contracts and public-sector work is highly desirable.

Deadline to submit resume: Monday January 26, 2015 @ 12:00noon
Please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements:
Subject line: Estimator III / Negotiator
At a minimum submitted resume must include detailed employment history with:
1) Name & Location of company or government agency
2) Start Date and End Date (Month & Year)
3) Positions Held
4) List of Projects/Programs Managed including:
a) project value $$
b) location of assignment
c) roles and responsibilities
d) contribution to each project