coulson building group vacancies

Small Works Estimator

Full Time

This role will be focused on advising, preparing and winning new small works tenders for the building department. You will need to assist as well as manage the production of tender documents, attend site visits and ultimately produce detailed and accurate estimates for both domestic and commercial projects up to approximately £1m in value.

Job Role

We are currently seeking an Estimator to join our established and highly motivated team. With clear objectives and the support of your fellow colleagues, you will be part of a successful team contributing to the development of many varying projects across East Anglia.

The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary and benefits package as well as a full programme of training and development opportunities for your ongoing development.


  • Liaise and support client engagement before, during and following the tender process to fully understand the client’s requirements.
  • Produce cost effective specifications and estimates based upon client enquiries and/or estimates.
  • Prepare and ensure tender submissions are submitted accurately and on time.
  • Engage with supply chain suppliers and subcontractors to obtain accurate quotes for materials and services to establish true cost estimates.
  • Understand and scrutinise the supply chain suppliers and subcontractor quotations ensuring accuracy, value for money and resolve cost discrepancies whilst maintaining profitability.
  • Understand and present financial overviews of tenders and their value for adjudication.
  • Develop the Company’s current supply chain introducing new suppliers and sub-contractors.
  • Help to develop new business by introducing new tender opportunities.
  • Have a thorough understanding of project, scope of works and restrictions imposed by contractual requirements and site conditions.
  • Prepare a handover pack and presentation for the construction team when handing over secured tenders.
  • Work closely and assist with the pre-construction team on quality questions and further bid requirements.
  • Assist with completing PQQs and ITTs.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively to all team members.
  • Help ensure that the Company maintains its image for quality and value for money.

experience & qualifications

  • A strong knowledge of building industry practices, processes and requirements
  • Up to date knowledge of Health and Safety matters including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
  • Able to represent the Company professionally when dealing with clients
  • Knowledge of a range of different construction techniques, including sustainable and environmental construction their and the practical implications of each.
  • Ability to work to timescales and under pressure and in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Possess a good level of practical skill in the use of Microsoft Office packages and/or estimating software. eg. Conquest.
  • At least 5 years experience of working in an estimating/pre-construction department.
  • Experience in working on both domestic and commercial projects.
  • Experience in working on lower value works (upto £500k).
  • Similar project value and sector experience.
  • Good technical construction knowledge.
  • Construction related degree (preferred but not essential).
  • Good time management skills.
  • Full clean driving licence.
closing date:
June 14, 2021
closing date: June 14, 2021

how to apply

Please send your cover letter and CV to:

Natalie Firmin
HR Manager
01223 423800

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