LS Black Constructors is expanding and as a result we are currently seeking an experienced  Estimator / Preconstruction Manager for our Building and Federal Divisions in the Minneapolis-St Paul area. 

The primary role of the Preconstruction Manager includes the following essential functions:
  • Read and interpret project specifications and plans to prepare detailed, comprehensive and accurate quantity surveys
  • Perform conceptual estimating from preliminary project parameters
  • Prepare project estimates including self-performed work, subcontracted work and general requirements
  • Understand timelines and applicable project deadlines 
  • Maintain current information on products, vendors, and subcontractors
  • Preparation of detailed quantity surveys
  • Subcontractor/supplier bid solicitation and coordination
  • Provide input to the project team for the project schedule

  • Four-year degree in Construction Engineering or Construction Management
  • 5-10 years of construction and/or estimating experience
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, organization and time management skills
  • Thorough and detail-oriented
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task within time constraints
  • Self-starter and motivated with minimal supervision
  • Strong computer skills
  • Previous experience with computerized takeoff
  • Understanding of Microsoft Excel
  • 5-10 years of experience participating in estimating of commercial and industrial construction projects
  • Demonstrated experience in driving productive relationships with project partners, subcontractors and vendors

Office: This position is located at our corporate office in St. Paul, MN.   

Travel: This position requires visiting prospective contract sites on a regular basis.  Periodic overnight travel required.

Detailed Responsibilities and Tasks

Estimating and Bidding:
  • Perform take-off under direction of Senior Preconstruction Manager/Director of Preconstruction
  • Existing conditions/temp provisions
  • Substructure (single sided forms, deep foundations, etc.)
  • Structure (structural concrete, system connections, etc.)
  • Masonry (evaluation of labor risk)
  • Responsibility to coach Assistant Preconstruction Managers
  • Bid Tab Development
    • Management of bid tabs
    • Development of the bid tabs and scopes (gaps and overlaps)
  • Estimate Templates
      • Selection of estimate template
      • Modify estimate template for project requirements
      • Understanding of value analysis log & generate items
  • Communication with Project Team
      • Excellent subcontractor communication (knowing what questions to ask)
      • Attend Design Team meetings
      • Constructability knowledge
      • Generate RFI’s
      • Schedule evaluation
      • Jobsite visits: production rates, constructability, schedule, time studies, etc.
  • Pricing
    • Cost history evaluation
    • General understanding of unit prices
    • Self-perform pricing
    • General conditions, weather, hoisting, etc.
    • Estimate development
    • CD/DD estimates
    • SD/DD estimates
    • Conceptual estimates
  • Management of estimates team
  • Basic understanding of contract types
Pursuit and Business Development:
  • Assist pursuit team in understanding prospective projects and requirements
  • Research prospective clients
  • Assist pursuit team in completing responses to RFQs and RFPs
  • Participate in pursuit interviews
  • Assist with and participate in preconstruction meetings
LS Black Self-Performed Work:
  • Understand and perform quantity take-offs and assist in estimating labor production, materials and equipment
  • Understand warehouse equipment, rentals, small tools, services and costs
  • Gather information, implement or assist in Vista preparation and projections
  • Scope bid materials (concrete, rebar, brick, etc.)
  • Assist with creating Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules for our work
  • Assist field staff with creating CPM scheduling
  • Work closely with field staff to update and distribute schedule as needed
  • Co-lead Last Planner efforts in conjunction with field staff
Other responsibilities:
  • Participate in company business development activities (client functions, design firm open houses, conferences, etc.)
  • Foster relationships with clients, architects, engineers, consultants and subcontractors
  • Pursue new relationships with potential clients and design firms
  • Attend and participate in project management and other company meetings
  • Attend any training – personal and/or professional development – that is relevant to the position, including human resources management
  • Actively participate in company-sponsored events
  • Support and follow standards of work
  • Participate in company events
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Department: Multiple
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position

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