Company: Shell
Skills: Estimating
Experience: 10 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Norco, Louisiana, United States

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Job Description


The Projects Lead Estimator provides strong leadership of the project cost estimating team in a manner that contributes to delivery and maintenance of accurate cost estimates at each stage gate for each project within the portfolio. The Cost Control Lead will also provide assurance on all estimating deliverable in support of site projects with support of the Projects & Services Leadership Team.


The Project Lead Estimator provides strong leadership of the Project Cost Estimating team and in a manner that contributes to delivery and maintenance of accurate Cost Estimates for each project within the portfolio. The Lead Project Cost Estimator reports to the Manger - Project Controls specific accountabilities include:
  • Act as the Project Estimating Subject Matter Expert for the site. This includes assessment of gaps in NMC's Estimating processes and practices vs. company standards and best practices. Internal standards include Opportunity Realization Process, NMC's Manage Capital Projects Work Process, Project Guide 6 - Project Controls, Project Guide 3A - Principles of Capital Cost Estimating, and Project Guide 2 - Owners Cost as well as several associated Project Controls Procedures such as NMC Capital Projects Work Process, Project Guide PG-6 - Project Controls, PG-3A - Principles of Capital Cost Estimating, and PG-2 -Owners Costs as well as several associated Project Controls Procedures.
  • Translate the identified project scope and engineering deliverables into the estimate of capital, expense, and demolition expenditure costs for design, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning and start-up of the hardware elements (Type-3) with the assistance of Cost Engineering and Financial representatives. Estimate composed of detailed Material Take Offs (MTOs) matched with detailed pricing and construction
  • Manage Estimating Data- Establish process to collect actual cost performance on recently completed projects, condition and normalize data for future use, develop metrics and benchmarking information. Ensure that the estimating log is updated appropriately
  • Develop and manage resourcing plan against the Capital Business Plan's needs
  • Hiring, on-boarding, and training of new Estimators (contract or direct) in the company standards and site procedures.
  • Manages and assures the application of the Capital Project Estimation work process including assurance of estimates (in-house or third party) for Norco projects to ensure application of the good estimating practices.
  • Formulate and validate methodologies for deriving quantities from design parameters. Perform certainty analysis and sensitivities on cost estimates, reflecting analysis of project risks. Manage reviews and audits of cost estimates. Benchmark against historical performance, industry norms and established KPIs.
  • Assess prospect scope and main components to develop consistent "building block" estimates (Type-2) for each concept under consideration. Utilize various methods to assess the Technical, Economical, Commercial, Organizational & Political risk of each project to establish appropriate deterministic cost contingency.
  • Identify areas of uncertainty and apply appropriate allowances.
  • Development of detailed project cost estimate (Type-4). Incorporation of project actuals to date and detailed MTOs matched with detailed pricing and construction unit hours for "to-go" costs.
  • Ensure estimates' alignment with the needs of Planning/Scheduling and Cost Control
  • Develop Estimate Basis to document how estimate was developed.
  • Prepare estimates used by Management for purposes of planning, organizing, and scheduling work.
  • Align data and support efforts to facilitate IPA (Independent Project Analysis) data collection and analysis.
  • Serve on the APCC (Americas Project Control Committee) to represent Estimating for Norco
  • Review and challenge of Engineering and Construction contractor's estimates through-out life cycle but especially during the Execute (Post-FID) phase.
  • Monitor current material pricing with vendors and fabricators periodically and account for volatile market trends in material and adjust escalation as needed.

Company Description

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world's growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals. As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field is preferred
  • Certification as a Cost Estimator, Certified Cost Consultant, Certified Cost Engineer, or Certified Cost Technician, through the Association for the Advance of Cost Engineering (preferred)or equivalent is a plus.
  • Minimum ten (10) years industry experience as estimator for Capital Projects in Petrochemical industry with at least three (3) years of experience in Downstream Manufacturing.
  • Proficiency in reading mechanical drawings, blueprints, isometrics, P&IDs, etc. is mandatory.
  • Advanced skills in standard petrochemical Estimating Tools (Experience with Aspen Capital Cost Estimator is an advantage)
  • Safety Champion - portrays a personal example of excellent safety performance mindset, and commitment.
  • Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills
  • Well versed in Microsoft Office Applications (Excel, Word, Access, Outlook)


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