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Chief Estimator (2020-4052)

Job Description

Job Summary:

The primary role of the Chief Estimator assumes the role of a sr. estimator in addition to providing intermediate leadership, supervision and assistance to the estimators and sr. estimators; working in conjunction and with the other members of the Estimating Department to develop project estimates and budgets based on the latest available costing methodology and data. These estimates, budgets, schedules and proposal documents are used for winning new work as well as support the execution of work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Analyze drawings, designs, specifications, and tender documentation to prepare schedules, cost estimates and bid documents.

• Schedule project activities and modify to suit project managers reviews.

• Apply labour, equipment and material requirements to each estimate.

• Solicit quotations from vendors and subcontractors. Consult with vendors and specialists to discuss and formulate estimates.

• Determine performance capabilities with detailed cycle time calculations. Adjust theoretical calculations to reflect historical performance.

• Interface with other individuals in the organization to obtain their contributions to the cost estimates.

• File and store supplier/manufacturer information in a centralized cost estimating database.

• Help implement and maintain Company’s estimating standards.

• Utilize the company’s estimating software to compile estimates and resource allocation.

• Utilize spreadsheet, word processing, scheduling and presentation software.

• Prepare all tenders in accordance with the “Redpath Bidding Process”.

• Lead review sessions.

• Provide an excellent level of proficiency in proposal write-ups (letters, methodologies, clarifications, etc.)

• Assist the Proposal Coordinator in meeting the deliverable requirements of all tender submissions.

• Prepare backup estimates and store originals & copies as per procedure.

• Where time permits, assist and support project management to ensure continuity between tender, construction and project completion.

• Will be required to work with a significant level of autonomy and less supervision.

• May be required to supervise and mentor less experienced estimators.

• The duties and responsibilities listed above are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.





Required: Post-Secondary Education (mathematical and/or scientific)

Preferred: Mining Engineering Degree, Mining Technician or Technologist Diploma


Work Experience:

Required: 3-5 years’ experience &/or knowledge of Underground mining operations.

Preferred: 5+ years’ Underground work experience, practical and engineering.


Computer Skills

• Primavera

• Hard Dollar

• MS Office

• SharePoint

• E-mail

• Internet

• Fax/Photocopier Equipment

• Telephone Systems


Knowledge Required

• The ability to work with numbers and see how various factors influence and interact with each other.

• Excellent communication skills (reading & comprehending, listening, writing and speaking).

• Attention to detail and accuracy.

• Ability to read and respond to documents that will eventually form a contract.

• Knowledge of shaft sinking methods, equipment, staffing.

• Familiarity with a wide range of mine related work (not necessarily an “expert”)

• Confidence to question and to contribute in a team.

• Interpersonal skills are required as mentoring/supervision of estimators may be required.

• Self-motivation.

• Willingness to be wrong (estimates are never right)

• Willingness to admit mistakes (mistakes can often be fixed once known)

• Willingness to work overtime when necessary (estimates always have deadlines)


Redpath Canada Limited is committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance so that we can arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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