Chief Estimator

Job Locations CA-AB-Calgary
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Canada - Asphalt, Paving & Construction (A,P,C)

Why work for Lafarge?

Lafarge in Canada is proud to provide construction solutions in the buildings, infrastructure and industrial segments. These solutions are built with high performance products from our cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and road construction, and concrete products divisions.  From the use of alternative materials and recycling to renewable energy, Lafarge's focus is to develop innovative products that can contribute toward sustainably constructed building solutions.  Lafarge takes personal growth and development to heart, and provides resources for our employees to take control of their own careers. Through our commitment to communities, to the health and safety of our employees and their families, or through the many volunteer hours of our employees, Lafarge demonstrates our care for people. If you want to work in an environment that values hard work, entrepreneurship, and collaborative teamwork, Lafarge is for you.   Building Better Cities is what we do. Come Build a Better Career with us!  More information can be found at .



The Chief Estimator is responsible for leading a team of estimators in a multidisciplinary environment, preparing estimates from take-off to final pricing, including preparing bids, soliciting vendors or subcontractors and identifying safe, effective means and methods of construction while estimating a wide range of multi-disciplinary, small to multimillion dollar contracts.


The Chief Estimator will create a safe and positive work environment for staff, develop, coach and motivate team members to excel in their roles and will carry out performance management responsibilities for the estimating team including the communication and enforcement of the Lafarge Health and Safety program. The Chief Estimator is also responsible for ensuring bidding accuracy through all phases of the bidding process, tracking bidding success and analyzing bid performance to improve system and estimating strategies.


The Chief Estimator will attend site review meetings; effectively organize and communicate with the bid team to ensure effective communication among all relevant stakeholders; participate in preparing the takeoff and estimate as part of the bid team when required; and will also represent the company in relations with business services, regulatory agencies, site personnel and new construction markets.


The Chief Estimator is responsible to foster business development for the construction division of Lafarge with owners, developers, engineering consultants and other key influencers.


As the leader overseeing the end-to-end estimating process for Lafarge Construction in the Greater Calgary Area, the Chief Estimator has key responsibilities at all stages of the process as follows:


Bid Phase:

  • Reviews contract documents including general conditions, tender form, drawings, and required price breakdowns
  • Reviews bonding & insurance requirements and in conjunction with the finance department ensures that bid submission requirements are met
  • Identifies ambiguities and unique technical requirements of the bid or as put forward by the bid team and addresses them with the Engineering Consultants, if appropriate
  • Develops a bid preparation schedule identifying the tasks, assignments and deadlines
  • Ensures bids are developed in compliance with the WCAN Bid Closing Policy for the estimating process by:
    • Instructing the bid team to develop the takeoff so it facilitates/is aligned with tracking requirements for job cost and schedule (per system, per drawing, per floor and by phase),
    • Requesting quoted prices, identifying subcontractors, estimating project expenses; and coordinating the bid preparation with all in-house departments i.e., safety, quality assurance, planning, accounting, etc.
    • Submits final bids after ensuring quality and completeness and in accordance with the instructions to bidders
    • Amends bid if required
    • Identifies potential bid opportunities from both public & private sectors
    • Coordinates compilation of the estimating files (including bid documents) at bid close
  • Attends project pre-tender meetings when necessary
  • Evaluates proposed construction methodologies to determine the best solutions based on cost, quality, and availability of materials
  • Presents finished cost estimates to General Manager and senior management and provides input based on strategic market intelligence
  • Reviews, prepares and submits Request For Quotation (RFQ)'s from vendors and subcontractors
  • Be called upon to provide advice and counsel as an experienced professional
  • Proficient use of multiple technical software packages, including Estimating and Scheduling

Award Phase:

  • Along with the Project Manager, communicate and enforce the Lafarge Health and Safety program.
  • Ensures the estimate file is finalized and reviewed with the General Manager
  • Ensures integrated bid and project methodology with Project Manager
  • Ensures estimators work with the Project Managers and Job Cost Accountants to prepare job tracking data (i.e. schedule information and financial costs codes c/w budgets)
  • Attends project pre-construction meetings

Job Phase:

  • Ensures change orders are priced
  • Provides guidance and assistance to the Project Manager on specific items related to the project bid/award phase

Job Close:

  • Participates in the Lessons Learned session at substantial completion of the project.
  • Reviews and analyzes actual project costing and production information against estimates, and develops historical databases

Relationship with Other Jobs:

  • Reports to the General Manager, Construction
  • Sales Manager of Key Product Line interfaces:
  • GCA Construction General Managers
  • GCA Project Management Estimating Staff
  • GCA Construction Administration staff
  • GCA Job Cost Accounting staff



  • Undergraduate Degree or Diploma in related field (construction, engineering or business)

Experience and Skill Set:

  • At least ten years construction experience as an construction estimator
  • Demonstrated knowledge of equipment types and different civil construction methods
  • Knowledge and experience in developing labour, equipment, and other construction cost rates
  • Consistency of estimating system use through the region
  • Consistency in estimating best practices
  • Communication of estimating system updates and changes
  • Reviews of large contracts bid practices
  • Gold Seal Certification in Estimating preferred
  • Methodical, accurate and high attention to detail
  • Strong coordination and organizational skills
  • Expertise with cost estimating processes and standards in all formats, including Lump Sum and Unit Rate contracts
  • A solid understanding of related computer applications including spreadsheet and scheduling software
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Ability to make decision in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete data and under tight deadlines and pressure
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills and the desire to seek solutions
  • Proficient with  BID2WIN Estimating Software and Microsoft applications, specifically Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Excellent communications and organizational skills



As the world leader in the building materials industry, LafargeHolcim Ltd and its subsidiaries have the assets necessary to meet the building and design challenges of today’s increasing urbanization.  Globally, LafargeHolcim has 115,000 employees, a well-balanced local presence in 90 countries and combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. With the most innovative cement, concrete, and aggregates solutions, strong R&D and a commitment to health, safety, and sustainability, LafargeHolcim has the building solutions to meet customers’ needs, from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project.  We are committed to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure while contributing to a higher quality of life.  We are positioned to deliver on this commitment. 


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