Position: Senior Estimator



Samuel Knight's esteemed-client has earned its reputation as a leader in the provision of high quality foundation, civil, geotechnical and structural engineering products and services for the rail, highways and infrastructure sectors. This includes power networks (Network Rail), renewables and civils. Founded in 2000, they continue to grow predominantly in rail across a broader range of sectors and is expanding with an emphasis on safety, quality and environmental management. The business employs over 250 specialists in offices across the UK, offering total, fully integrated engineering solutions.

Due to continued growth, we are pleased to be able to offer an exciting new opportunity for an experienced Senior Estimator. Working as part of a dynamic and innovative team, you will be technically savvy whilst managing, leading, co-ordinating and completing any Bid/Proposal Documentation to the highest standard.

Market the Company’s services by ensuring the company is on tender lists with all main contractors

  • Visit prospective clients as required
  • Write and keep up-to-date, as required, the company’s capability statements
  • Assist with pre-qualification documents

In preparation of Tenders:

  • Work scope schedules
  • Conceptual foundations designs (if required) for estimating purposes
  • Carry out enquiry “Risk Analysis”
  • Review the “Conditions of Contract”
  • Draft tender proposal prices
  • Submit tenders including ‘bills of quantities,’ covering letter, Terms & Conditions etc. (following discussion with a Director where appropriate)
  • Liaise with internal and external designers, suppliers and contractors in advance and, where necessary, tender submission
  • Write and keep up-to-date Company’s Terms & Conditions of Tender and Company’s Schedule of Attendances
  • Write and maintain the Company’s enquiry tracking database including allocation of enquiry and contract numbers
  • Write and maintain bespoke estimating software
  • Create and maintain plant, materials and labour database for estimating purposes
  • Write and maintain automated letter writing software, including review of insertable standard paragraphs
  • Prepare and monitor estimating and tender statistics
  • Support in negotiating settlement of variations and claims to contracts
  • Ensure during contract negotiation with prospective clients:
  • An agreed final tender value is negotiated
  • Payment terms and conditions are set
  • Applicable contact terms and conditions are in place
  • Review, respond to and accept all customer orders where possible, before commencement of work
  • Liaise with commercial team and project team



  • Positive attitude with high levels of commitment to challenges
  • Excellent IT skills with good knowledge of programming software
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Experienced in coaching and motivating others
  • Organised, able to constantly reappraise timescales and priorities to meet deadlines
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills



  • Clean Driving Licence
  • Technical and analytical skills

Our client likes to look after their own by ensuring employees have access to great benefits. Below is a list of just some of the benefits on offer:

  • On the job training + Accredited Qualifications
  • 25 days’ annual leave with a maximum of 30 days after 5 years’ service
  • Employer contribution salary sacrifice pension scheme
  • Income protection for long-term sickness after 6 months of absence
  • Life assurance (death in service) insurance, which pays 4x basic salary
  • Comprehensive private health insurance, which includes travel insurance for medical emergencies abroad
  • Access to discounts on gym membership


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