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Closing on: Jul 29, 2024

Senior Estimator

Do you have experience estimating for large civil engineering tenders?

Due to significant business growth we now have an opportunity for a Senior Estimator within our Pre-contracts Team. Established in 1968, you’ll be joining a company with proven success, clear goals, and a strong commitment to finding the best person for the job!

As the successful Senior Estimator, you will play a pivotal role in the business, helping Cubby Construction secure a wide variety of quality civil engineering projects to add to our portfolio. Being responsible for all aspects of producing accurate and detailed estimates for a variety of tenders received by Cubby Construction, this will include building up tender rates from first principles for all aspects of a project requirement as well as using supply chain input for specific trades and work packages.

You should have experience of a full range of civil engineering projects; Deep Drainage Works, New Road Construction, Existing Road Improvements, Bridge Construction, Public Realm Works, Structural Concrete Works, Coastal Defence Works, Flood Alleviation Works.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of the tender from receipt, through to submission and post tender queries;
  • Analyse the tender documents to understand the key project requirements and clients aspirations;
  • Review all tender documents to fully understand the key project risks and opportunities
  • Seek specialist support from the wider Cubby team in relation to the projects insurance requirements, commercial terms, complex temporary works or other specialist technical aspects;
  • Undertake take offs and prepare material enquiries from tender drawings/ works information and specifications;
  • Identify requirement for Bills of Quantities to be prepared and arrange for them to be undertaken;
  • Obtain best value material tender quotations;
  • Prepare Sub-Contractor enquiries from tender drawings, works information and specifications making sure that appropriate levels of risk transfer are included in subcontractor enquiries;
  • Highlight requirement for external design to be undertaken by Structural Engineer or Architect;
  • Ensure ‘Causeway’ estimating package is updated with current rates for plant hire rates and buying information;
  • Carry out site visits to determine nature of works;
  • Communicate effectively with the whole construction team, on delivery dates and any unloading requirements;
  • Estimate labour, plant, material, and time requirements in order to be able to compute the overall tender cost of the project;
  • Keep detailed records and maintaining well-organised work schedules;
  • Prepare and maintain tender reports in order to maximise efficiency within the business;
  • Pro-actively source alternative buying options, creating a robust buying guide to enable accurate quotations
  • Arrange and prepare commercial documents for tender handover meetings;
  • Attend pre-qualification, mid tender and post tender interviews.


  • Have significant technical expertise and knowledge of Construction Estimating;
  • Commercially aware and capable to carry out financial analysis;
  • Be a self-starter with a strong work ethic, with the ability to consistently meet fixed deadlines;
  • Excellent communication, people skills and ability to communicate at all levels both verbally and in writing;
  • Be flexible and resilient to meet the needs to the business;
  • Able to work on multiple tenders at the same time by prioritising workload;
  • Have a collaborative approach to problem solving;
  • Ensure that communication between all parties is open and honest;
  • Demonstrate and encourage a no-blame culture to ensure review and continuous improvement;
  • Understand, demonstrate and buy in to the Cubby values of Quality, Sustainable, Responsive and Pride;
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism and customer service when representing the business;
  • Be a strong negotiator and understand the importance of achieving a win-win outcome;
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues, suppliers, sub-contractors and Clients;
  • Be willing and agile in order to maximise opportunities and speedy response as required;
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical application of planning and construction activities;
  • Be computer literate, ideally have extensive experience of Causeway or similar estimating packages;
  • Be able to demonstrate a high level of construction knowledge

Can you embrace our core values? 

  1. Together…. we can do more.
  2. Rise to the challenge.
  3. Be accountable.
  4. Do the right thing.

In Return

We offer a dynamic and supportive working environment with opportunities for continued professional development. Excellent benefits include: Competitive salary; 24 days annual leave plus bank holidays; 4% employer pension contribution; BUPA Cash Plan; Life assurance cover.

We would love to hear from you! Apply now, using the application form below or email your CV, along with a covering letter, outlining your suitability for the role to

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications. The remuneration package will be negotiable, depending on experience. Cubby Construction Ltd is an equal opportunities employer, so we welcome applications from any suitably qualified individual.



Job Category: civil engineering
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Carlisle Selkirk

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