How to write an Estimator job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Estimator job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Estimator job titles

    Junior Estimator
    Estimator (Residential Construction)
    Estimator (Part-Time)
    Project Estimator

Estimator job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Estimator job summary

Our established construction firm is growing its clientele, and we have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Estimator to join our team of professionals. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in construction project management, be organized, motivated, detail-oriented and driven. We are offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience, along with an outstanding benefits package. This is the perfect opportunity to build a career at a leading residential construction firm.

Estimator responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Estimator responsibilities

    Review and evaluate cost estimates
    Communicate with trade partners and team members regarding new and current projects
    Prepare estimates and purchase orders in detail for all products
    Ensure timely completion of estimates
    Understand scope of work to bid
    Manage bid pricing from all vendors
    Prepare cost analysis
    Establish and maintain working relationships with vendors and subcontractors

Estimator qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Estimator skills

    3+ years’ experience in construction estimating
    Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Applied Science, Civil Engineering or related field
    Able to read architectural plans and develop cost estimates
    Strong understanding of residential construction processes
    Proficiency with MS Word and Excel
    Able to multi-task and meet strict deadlines
    Impeccable problem-solving skills

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