Company: Shell
Skills: Cost Engineer, Estimating, Project Controls
Experience: 3 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Washington, United States
No location/work authorization restrictions found.

Job Description

The Project Cost Estimator supports the delivery and maintenance of standard, consistent and realistic cost estimates reflecting the assessed risk parameters for each project. The role provides general support for the overall estimating process. As well as share input to cost controllers and be the tools focal point for estimating and cost control.


  • Methodologies and tools to develop Cost Estimates inclusive of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up scope and costs: Total Installed Cost Estimates (TIC).
  • Incorporate project complexity factors into project estimates and assemble key input data such as project objectives, scope and execution plan.
  • Formulate methodologies for deriving quantities from design parameters.
  • Support uncertainty analysis and sensitivities on cost estimates, reflecting analysis of project risks with stakeholders.
  • Benchmark against historical performance, industry norms and established KPIs.
  • Assess prospect scope and main components to develop consistent "building block" estimates for each concept under consideration.
  • Translate the identified project scope and engineering deliverables into the estimate of capital expenditure costs composed of detailed MTOs matched with detailed pricing and construction unit hours.
  • Support Development of detailed project cost forecasts. Incorporation of project actuals to date and detailed MTOs matched with detailed pricing and construction unit hours for to-go costs.
  • Develop Estimate Basis to document how estimate was developed.
  • Manage Estimating Data and maintain site build estimate database: Support process to collect actual cost performance, condition and normalize data for future use, develop metrics and benchmarking information.
  • Facilitate the required updates of the estimating tools, including the current material pricing and work hour indices, labor rate, contingency, design allowances, etc..
  • Advise Shell Engineering & Management on the current market conditions that affect estimate.
  • Ensure adherence to Project Management Framework Project Guides as they relate to estimating.
  • Track, record, and advise Shell Engineering and Management on current site productivity issues that will affect estimate values.
  • Act as focal point or first contact for Independent Project Analysis (IPA) cost workbooks.
  • Provide guidance to cost controllers on tool use/application and leading KPI creation.
  • Complies and participates with Shell safety programs and rules.
  • Ability to provide estimating assurance on estimates submitted by engineering and construction contractors in accordance with the Shell project guidelines.
  • Ability to review project documents to validate that the contractor's estimate accurately reflects project scope of work and the current phase of project development.
  • Understanding of estimating ratios and metrics. Competent to compare current trends against established benchmarks.
  • Willingness to align estimates with competitive industry benchmarks, and to adhere to a P50 philosophy.
  • Conduct field walks to understand project scope and execution.
  • Validate estimate construction hours against schedule duration and resource loading.

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.

An innovative place to work

There's never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you'll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future - whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We're huge advocates for career development. We'll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.



  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Bachelor's degree in any related field is a plus.
  • Minimum three (3) years industry experience in a cost estimating role or related field.
  • Experience with cost estimating tools such as Aspen K-Base 6.5 (ICARUS) and @Risk preferred.Highly skilled in GSAP/SAP or equivalent financial accounting system as related to projects, turnarounds or maintenance is a plus.
  • Awareness of Primavera planning/scheduling tools.
  • Knowledge of databases and visual basic for applications fundamentals.
  • Strong Goal Zero HSE leadership mindset is required.



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