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As a national leader in the construction industry, Suffolk is redefining what it means to build. We challenge the status quo every day by gathering the people, innovations, and partnerships that can explore and go after new ways to do our jobs. Our focus on high-performing teams and technology translates to groundbreaking solutions for all industry sectors and phases of building. We provide value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging our core construction management services alongside vertical service lines, an approach that is revolutionizing the industry and making a permanent mark on the world of business. Join us for a thrilling experience that will energize you, challenge you, and propel your career.


About Suffolk

Suffolk is a national enterprise that invests, innovates, and builds. We provide value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging our core construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start-up investment and innovation research and development. We have $4.5 billion in annual revenue, 2,400 employees, and main offices in Boston (headquarters), New York, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. We serve clients in every major industry sector, including health care, science and technology, education, gaming, transportation and aviation, and commercial. Suffolk is privately held and is led by founder, chairman and CEO John Fish. We’re ranked #23 on the Engineering News Record list of “Top 400 Contractors.” And we’re proud to be a certified 2022 “Great Place to Work.” For more information, visit and follow Suffolk on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram. 


The Role

Suffolk is seeking people who are bold. Curious. Innovative. Caring. Looking for the career opportunity of a lifetime. We’ll challenge and inspire you to be your very best. We’ll embrace what makes you unique and lift you up as you take chances. Here, you’ll find a place where you can act with purpose and integrity, bringing intelligence and grit to every aspect of your job. Join us for the chance to leverage your inherent curiosity and proven capabilities to catapult you to the next level.


The Estimator is responsible for the coordination of all project budgeting, including preparing quantity surveys, obtaining subcontractor pricing, reviewing historical cost data and ensuring compliance with scope of work, as well as offering construction feasibility and value engineering counsel. The Estimator must stay abreast of industry materials and labor pricing trends and developments to deliver accurate and timely estimates for preconstruction, hard bids, negotiated bids, value engineering, general conditions and systems studies and comparisons. The Estimator also provides administrative support to the Chief Estimator, engages in consistent communications with trade partners, maintains up-to-date records of bids, and manages the prequalification process for the hiring of trade partners.


  • Unit Cost Pricing:
    • Clearly understand the complexity of the scope of work as shown on the construction documents
    • Prepare detailed take offs of materials
    • Prepare detailed labor estimates utilizing man-hours, crews and equipment
    • Organize the material and labor information for pricing
    • Solicit material prices from suppliers
    • Obtain current labor rates
    • Prepare unit prices by "Building the Project in your Head."
    • Verify and compare your unit prices or the price of a system with a subcontractor and previous similar estimates
    • Understand the influence of market conditions on pricing
  • Subcontractor Solicitation & Selection:
    • Prepare subcontractor list from S4 program, or manually
    • Prepare Bid Invitations
    • Prepare subcontractor bid packages including transmittals, drawings and specifications
    • Follow up with subs regarding bidding and update the subcontractor list
    • Prepare scope sheets for subcontractors, and review scope of work
  • Subcontractor Relationships & Feedback:
    • Keep Subcontractors up to date with project information and addenda during the bidding process
    • Answer subcontractor questions
    • Prepare RFI's to the design team
  • Preconstruction Abilities:
    • Assist the Senior Estimator with quantity take offs and subcontractor solicitation
    • Prepare document lists and correspondence during pre-construction
  • Conceptual Estimating:
    • Assist the Senior Estimator by preparing take off quantities of areas and counts of items
  • Hard Bid and Design Build Estimating:
    • Procure drawings and specifications from architect or owner
    • Date stamp all drawings and spec books
    • Confirm SCCI is listed in all publications
    • Confirm with architect/owner that all construction documents have been received and send documents to printer
    • Put construction documents in plan room
    • Create bid binder or bid box. Take off of items to be priced by SCCI. We should attempt to do a complete Control Estimate
    • Attend site visits
    • Read all assigned plans and specs completely
    • Call to confirm local building permit rates
    • Call the architect the day before the bid and confirm all addenda and supplemental information has been received
    • Assist in the creation of bid packages for the subs
  • Turn Over Meetings:
    • Assist the Senior Estimator in compiling the Turn Over Meeting package
    • Attend the Turn Over Meeting
  • Exhibit B's & Scope Sheets:
    • Assist the Senior Estimator with Exhibit B and scope sheet preparation
  • Quality Control of Departments Bids and Estimates:
    • Prepare thorough scope of work spreadsheets. Always try to prepare a thorough control estimate for every trade you are responsible for. Meet deadlines and allow time for review of your work with the Senior or Chief Estimator
  • Bid Day Activities:
    • Develop a "Plug" number for your trade using the most up to date information available the night before the bid
    • Complete the scope of work/pricing spread sheets ASAP
    • Follow up with subcontractors for any missing information
    • Review all pricing and subcontractor information with the Senior and Chief Estimator
  • Post Bid Activities:
    • Attend any review meetings with the Senior or Lead Estimator. If called to the table or awarded the bid, review the estimate and discuss strategy with the team for any holes, value management, or potential profit pockets
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and report on status of assignments
  • Attend Training classes as required


  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture or related field.
  • 3-6 years of experience in Estimating, or equivalent
  • Quantity Surveys, Take off skills, Computer skills
  • Working knowledge of Excel spread sheets, and Word processing programs.
  • Ability to take off material quantities from a set of SD, DD & CD documents and present information that is organized, thought out and easy to follow
  • Understanding of Construction Documents
  • Knowledge of the contents of each CSI section
  • Ability to read & interpret blue prints in order to understand the scope of work at SD, DD and CD phases of design
  • Ability to coordinate construction document plans, details and specifications
  • Candidate must possess Suffolk’s Core Values: Passion, Integrity, Hard Work, Professionalism, and Caring

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time; talk or hear; perform fine motor, hand and finger skills in the use of a keyboard, telephone, or writing. The employee is frequently required to stands; walk; and reach with arms and/or hands. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will spend their time in an office environment with a quiet to moderate noise level. Job site walking.

EEO Statement

Suffolk provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, national origin, citizenship, genetic information, disability, protected veteran, gender identity, age or any other status protected by law.  This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, terminations, compensation, benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment.  Suffolk will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination toward, or harassment of, applicants or employees by anyone at Suffolk, or anyone working on behalf of Suffolk. 


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