Company: Bechtel
Skills: Estimating
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Requisition ID: 230280

Requisition Posting End Date: 09/30/2020

Location: Brimingham

Senior Estimator

Start Date: January 2021


Support the team that delivers industry leading cost estimating processes across the company, to ensure that accurate and robust figures can be used confidently by internal and external stakeholders. The main components of this role are to supervise all estimating and related controls functions within the Project Controls team to ensure wide adoption and conformance.

The role is accountable to the Senior Cost Manager. Working in a matrix structure, the role has a

programme-wide remit, interfacing with other cost related disciplines across the business.


Key functions and responsibilities of the role:

Support the ongoing management of the estimate, and forecasting outturns against benchmarks, norms and current progress.

Draw on best practice from industry in the development and maintenance of HS2 Company standards and resources (e.g. benchmarking databases) for all estimating and related controls services to ensure consistent best in class approaches and decision making across all project area teams.

Provide support to the development of programme wide models including (amongst others) indirect costs, whole life and prelims.


The role involves engagement with other parts of the HS2 programme. This requires the ability to engage effectively with colleagues, holding their confidence and leading the debate on local issues with cost estimation.

Essential criteria:

Understanding of the cost drivers that define a project and ability to convert engineering data into meaningful cost drivers.

Quantity surveying skills and understanding of the construction industry.

Understanding of all aspects of direct and indirect costs.

Good communication and interpersonal skills and specifically the ability to present cost work concisely.

Ability to challenge colleagues in a constructive manner in order to achieve positive outcomes.

Ability to interact effectively with colleagues in many different disciplines involved in HS2.

Strong quantitative, drafting and presentational skills.

Desirable criteria:

Experience of leading the development and implementation of significant, large scale, complex, high risk, high value projects and programmes.

Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or working towards.

Experience in infrastructure and/or the rail sector.


The successful candidate is someone who:

has experience of working with multiple stakeholders with competing interests;

identifies and proactively manages stakeholders and sources of support. Develops and implements appropriate controls for successful delivery at each stage;

has a good understanding of market trends and conditions affecting infrastructure programmes; has proven ability to successfully conduct detailed project/programme planning; and

has experience of implementing governance structures.


The job holder has the authority to make decisions within the boundaries of his responsibilities and accountability in role, both within the Programme & Strategy Directorate and cross Programme within HS2 Ltd as appropriate.


The role oversees the processes for the following estimates:

Phase Two £24.4bn.


This key role interfaces with multiple stakeholders predominantly within HS2 Ltd but also across the wider programme including DfT, other government bodies, Highways England, utility companies and the supply chain.

The central estimating team looks at Business Intelligence, data analysis, inflation, material prices etc.

they are the focal point for the business, both externally & internally.

They are responsible for the central application of systems and total cost stack reporting.


Take reasonable care to ensure your own and others' health and safety - including those who may be affected by the delivery of this role - by taking personal responsibility for working to the HS2 S.A.F.E programme principles.

Cooperate with HS2 in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working

procedures at all times and not interfering with measures in place to protect your health, safety or welfare.

Advocate and promote the company's well-being strategy and policies.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we've completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.