Clark Builders Group of Companies


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Job Category
Estimating/Business Development

Job Description

**Please note that this role will require the successful candidate to live in Yellowknife.


Reporting to the Chief Estimator, Estimator is responsible for providing Estimating services to support the Business Development and Estimating departments. The Estimator will be part of the Estimating and Project team environments, and provide and coordinate full estimating services on large, complex commercial work and various types of contracts. This includes the preparation of contract proposal estimates for one or more disciplines. The Estimator will work on Conceptual Budgets, Design-Build Proposals and Hard Estimates, including quantity takeoffs, unit pricing, and sub-contractor pricing. The Estimator will be part of the tender call and review of Supplier/Sub-Contractor quotes and awards. The Estimator will have sufficient knowledge of all Clark Builders software and be able to operate and understand the information attained through the software tools, including Agtek and any BIM software.



  • Maintain Sub-Contractors/Supplier relations;
  • Maintain unit price and productivity knowledge and database;
  • Complete accurate and complete estimates;
  • Take part in Client meetings;
  • Confer with Engineers, Architects and Owners on changes and adjustments to cost estimates and assist in the preparation of studies, materials methods, recommendations and costs estimates as required;
  • Preparation of proposals and estimates for the Managers final approval prior to their presentation to potential Clients at bid closing;
  • Take part in Project Team meetings;
  • Maintain Career Progression plan;
  • Attend training courses as required by team leader;
  • Ability to perform basic internet and intranet functions;
  • Lead training for Estimating team;
  • Mentor Junior Estimators;
  • Maintain and upgrade estimating software as required; and
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Ability to manage multiple workflows and tasks concurrently;
  • Ability to prioritize workflows;
  • Ability to manage deadlines for completion of assigned tasks;
  • Comfortable working in a team environment;
  • Ability to lead in a team environment;
  • Adapt to changing job requirements and direction from multiple sources; 
  • Ability to navigate software packages;
  • Knowledge of scheduling packages and ability to build accurate schedules;
  • Ability to perform accurate quantity takeoffs both manually and electronically;
  • Communicate professionally through verbal and written methods;
  • Identify building materials and possible alternatives for cost reduction;
  • Develop Sub-Contractor work scopes for tendering;
  • Identify bonding and insurance requirements;
  • Take part in tender closings;
  • Understand Client requirements and incorporate;
  • Ability to chair and control meetings;
  • Ability to visualize end products without drawings;
  • Ability to schematically design project from clients requirements;
  • Able to derive alternate designs for cost or time savings; and
  • Ability to analyze risk associated to project.

Qualifications & Experience: 

  • A Post Secondary Construction Engineering Technology School graduate or BSc. Degree in Quantity Survey is a requirement.
  • Minimum of 5 years estimating on Commercial, Institutional and/or Industrial buildings.
  • Must have knowledge of estimating and costing of structural concrete and structural steel building systems.
  • Experience should include estimating projects from 5 million to 50 million.
  • Ability to perform conceptual estimating based on written or verbal instructions.
  • Must have experience with onscreen take-off software.
  • Advanced knowledge of sub-contractor work scopes, estimating techniques and costing.
  • Must have knowledge of MS Project and/or Primavera P6 Scheduling software.
  • Ability to prepare estimating schedules for tendering review.
  • Experience with Estimating programs i.e.) Hard Dollar, Timberline, or MC2 is an asset.
  • Experience with Earthwork take off programs (Agtek or equivalent) is an asset.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.


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