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Project Estimator - Industrial in Burnaby at Design Group Staffing

Date Posted: 5/21/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Design Group Staffing Vancouver is recruiting for a Project Estimator.  Our client, an industry leading heavy industry design-build contractor in Vancouver is seeking an experienced Project Estimator to join their team. They are anticipating a high volume of projects this year and beyond, and as such will be looking for the right individual to join this established design-build contractor for a long-term opportunity.

The successful Project Engineer will be developing new and existing relationships with clients and  estimating on projects with a focus in the area of bulk material handling projects


Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Leading the estimating activities for primarily supply & installation construction projects in the industrial sector (typical value range: $100k – $5m)
  • Participating or lead complete project proposal packages in response to RFPs
  • Meeting with existing and potential clients and develop new project opportunities
  • Developing business relationships with suppliers and sub-contractors
  • Reading construction drawings, prepare quantity take-offs and issue RFQs to subcontractors
  • Evaluating and analyzing subcontractor quotes
  • Proposing creative value engineering solutions
  • Developing improved methods- to cost and price projects (estimating tools) along with a risk/cost model for fixed price projects
  • Collaborating with project managers to develop execution methodology/approach for new projects
  • Evaluating the technical design, schedule, cost coding and structure of projects and develop benchmarks for estimating similar project scopes
  • Identifying opportunities for improving material handling designs and standards
  • Managing, lead or sponsor projects when necessary and appropriate
  • Interfacing with field staff and identify capabilities and resources to support estimating costs


  • A minimum 5+ years’ estimating and field experience ideally with a heavy industrial contractor, working on bulk material handling installation projects
  • Should be familiar with working on plant facilities, commodity ports and terminals, heavy equipment/machinery or maintenance of facility operating equipment
  • Bachelor of Engineering or Applied Science Degree in Structural or Mechanical Engineering and Estimating or a ticketed Tradesperson
  • Experience with estimating software; i.e. Hard Dollar is an asset
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to handle criticism and diffuse confrontational situations.
  • Excellent communication with all project stakeholders from suppliers and fabricators, engineers from other disciplines and consultancies to clients and owners
  • Exhibit strong leadership qualities
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large amount of resources to meet technical cost & schedule requirements of a project

The individual chosen for this role will be highly creative, professional, hardworking, achievement focused, analytical and organized.  Strong attention to detail, planning and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are a must.  Driver’s license is required.  All candidates must be able to work in Canada. 

To apply:

Must be able to work in Canada without Company sponsorship. Individuals meeting the above criteria, please submit your detailed resume with cover letter to Michelle Borrill, Senior Recruitment Consultant at

Design Group Staffing would like to thank all candidates for their interest in this opportunity.  Due to the volume of resumes we receive, we may only be able to respond directly to those candidates being selected for an interview.

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