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Cost Estimator

What You Will Do:

What you will do -

With minimal supervision, designs and prepares cost estimates to meet the needs for a variety of projects in all phases of construction. Estimates the necessary effort to prepare estimates mandated for each project. Accurately determines the complete scope of work for each project. Prepares detailed takeoffs for all scopes of work. Gathers critical estimating inputs from designers, suppliers, and trade contractors. Leads estimating teams by clearly conveying individual responsibilities, helps members meet those responsibilities and integrates members' output into the estimate.

This position is in our Richmond, VA office!


  • Meets with clients to determine their needs, objectives, timelines and to gather estimating inputs.
  • Prepares a level of effort for each project for acceptance by the project manager.
  • Works with clients to develop deliverables that fit within the client's estimating budget.
  • Develops customized estimating strategies for each project.
  • Creates detailed and comprehensive scopes of work.
  • Assembles estimating teams, assigns individual responsibilities, and manages the process.
  • Identifies key designer, supplier, and trade contractor resources to ensure accurate scopes and pricing.
  • Uses costing databases and historical data to price estimates.
  • Reviews, discusses, and adjusts team members' pricing.
  • Assesses areas of financial risk, develops preventative measures and their attendant costs.
  • Assures that proper costing databases are utilized.
  • Checks all pricing for adequacy and appropriate modifications.
  • Has takeoffs and pricing reviewed by a Senior Estimator.
  • Employs escalation strategies to ensure accuracy of escalated historical pricing and current pricing escalated to future years.
  • Prepares general conditions costs based on anticipated schedule, phasing, and specific project needs.
  • Prepares indirect costs appropriate for the type of project, procurement, and prime contractor.
  • Acts as a mentor to junior estimators.
Education | Experience:


  • BS degree, preferably in engineering, construction management or architecture or an AACE International CCP or CEP accredited certificate are preferable.


  • Five (5) to Seven (7) years estimating experience; experience to be specifically in a construction environment.
  • Proficient in the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Experience with dedicated estimating software.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.


Other duties may be assigned as necessary. Must be able to independently travel and be physically present in the office or at a client site. Works in a dedicated office environment. Infrequent day trips may be required; overnight trips are rare.


Company Overview:

At Gannett Fleming, we believe in improving the lives of the people we serve. We believe in innovation and social responsibility. We believe in the diversity of our team and the creative solutions they provide. We believe in embracing change and emerging technologies while maintaining an unmatched standard of quality. We believe in creating an environment where employees can thrive at home and at work. We believe in engaging our employees, building lasting relationships with our clients, and, in turn, making a difference in the world.

We offer a comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance, our tax-deferred 401 (K) savings plan, and the opportunity to incentive compensation for eligible positions. We are committed to your personal growth and professional development, so we offer tuition reimbursement, access to internal and external training programs and support active participation in professional organizations.

Gannett Fleming is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veterans' status or other characteristics protected by law.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE: Unsolicited resumes from third party agencies will not be accepted.

Location: Richmond, VA

Core Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Employment Status: Full-Time

Internal Requisition ID:

Salary Range: Salary dependent upon experience and geographic location


Please be advised that Gannett Fleming may require you to attest to your vaccination status and provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. Regulatory requirements remain fluid at this time and Gannett Fleming will abide by Covid-19 mandates impacting our business as well as meet the requirements of our clients. Valid religious and medical exemptions will be reviewed and considered in accordance with applicable law.

Salary Range
$48,000.00 - $78,000.00
per Year
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Richmond, VA, 23214, US