Job Description

Senior Commercial Estimator
Operating Company Stuart Olson Buildings Group
City Richmond, BC
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Reporting to the Estimating Manager, the Senior Commercial Estimator will be responsible for the preconstruction cost management of projects.


This position is based in the Richmond, BC office. 





  • Demonstrate the Stuart Olson Promise and contribute to it becoming embedded across the organization.



  • Participate in the project development activities to secure the project(s).

  • Develop and execute a project strategy that meets the project’s required performance, schedule and profitability targets.

  • Provide preconstruction services from the development of preliminary budgets, cost plans, value engineering exercises, start to finish of tender process and award of sub-contracts.

  • Prepare tender documents and trade scopes prior to tendering.

  • Work closely with the Project Manager in awarding of sub-trade contracts.

  • Participate in project scheduling activities and provide input on achieving preconstruction activities.

  • Ensure that preconstruction deadlines are achieved.

  • Work closely with the project manager, site superintendent, owner, consultants, suppliers and trades to identify, develop, implement and support cost-effective project delivery.

  • Attend meetings with owner and consultants and be comfortable to provide input at the meetings.

  • Prepare and manage project budgets during design.

  • Liaise with project manager and site superintendent and ensure constructability is addressed during budgeting and tendering.

  • Identify, address and resolve issues and problems as or before they occur.

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with client, consultants, suppliers and trades.

  • Maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity when representing Stuart Olson.

  • Contribute current cost and productivity information to the company data base.


Stuart Olson Corporate

  • Participate in corporate initiatives.







  • Undergraduate degree in quantity surveying or engineering

  • Eligible for or have attained PQS, CET or P.Eng designations

  • 10 years’ “hands-on” experience in the capacity of commercial estimator including a full range of project delivery methods including lump sum, construction management and design build 

  • Direct estimating experience of large commercial, high rise, civil and/or institutional construction projects $50 Million and greater

  • Experience in conceptual Estimating - ability to visualize limited or lack of design information, make reasonable assumptions, do quantity takeoffs and provide budget feedback to the Client and Design Team

  • Ability to cost out different schemes and options to provide Value Engineering feedback during the preconstruction process

  • Ability to communicate with project team, subtrades, consultants and owner; understand the issues and be an active participant in the preconstruction process

  • Ability to recognize and strategize to manage risks

  • Experience working in a BIM/VDC environment considered an asset

  • Ability to critique information and provide technical explanations

  • Ability to forge, grow and maintain positive relationships

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet the time demands of unpredictable activities; capable of handling pressure and challenges in a dynamic business environment

  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and prioritization of work to achieve them

  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, troubleshooting, problem-solving skills, and a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

  • Highly developed interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills

  • Demonstrates a sense of urgency and strong commitment to achieving goals; ability to work in challenging, fast paced environment

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a positive attitude

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills

  • Supportive of a culture that encompasses the highest ethical standards aligned with the Company Promise

Why Choose Stuart Olson?

Safety, Sustainability, Collaboration, and Integrity are core Company values that encourage innovation and make a lasting difference in meeting the goals of our stakeholders and the communities in which we operate. Stuart Olson strongly supports and encourages employees to get involved and give back in their local communities. We expect our employees to bring their best to work every day and in return, management recognizes and rewards employees for their valued contribution through competitive compensation, robust benefits, health & wellness programs, and learning development opportunities. At Stuart Olson we are committed to creating a culture built on a passion to do great things.


Who We Are?

Stuart Olson has been positively impacting the businesses we serve, the communities in which we operate, and the lives we touch since 1911. Our rich history demonstrates our reach and diversity as an integrated, full service organization serving the commercial and industrial markets.


We are a $1 billion+, fully integrated commercial construction and industrial services provider with offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. We deliver confidence through a client-centered approach that ensures the highest quality of service, reduces risk and delivers results.



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