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Senior Estimator, R Durtnell & Sons, Kent

R Durtnell & SonsRecruiter: R Durtnell & Sons

Specialism: House Building

Sector: Estimating

Job type: Permanent

Location: South East

Senior Estimator, R Durtnell & Sons, Kent

£Excellent | South East | Date posted 28 Jun 2017

R Durtnell & Sons Ltd specialise in the new build and refurbishments of live environments such as schools, housing and commercial projects and are looking for a Senior Estimator who has previous experience working in these areas. Contracts values £1m to £20m.

The role will involve producing priced tenders that are accurate, clearly detailed, competitive and returned within deadlines.  You will also be required to maintain good relationships with prospective clients and professionals to promote further tender invitations.


  • Previous estimating experience for both residential and educational projects;
  • Knowledge of building, material components, building regulations, estimating (including take-offs) and health & safety;
  • Drivers licence;
  • Excellent communication skills.

Key Tasks: necessary to carry out the appointment will be:


  • Carefully inspect tender documentation. Analyse exact requirements and identify areas that have implications to RDS, i.e. a contractual requirement that may be onerous.  Produce Tender Received Form.
  • If required, prepare a detailed Bill of Quantities (BQ) using the Estimate Estimating software package.
  • Clearly mark BQ to identify items to have enquiries sent out, together with specification, prelim elements and appropriate drawings. Monitor enquiry process and dates for quote returns.
  • Oversee or complete the quote analysis comparison and make selection for inclusion in priced tender.
  • Contact appropriate person to arrange site inspection. Visit site and make all necessary record notes and take appropriate photographs. Assimilate information and take account of in tender pricing.
  • Assess individual rates and prices, amend, create new or insert from material and subcontract quotes.
  • Using standard prelim forms build-up allowances for each project.
  • Discuss construction sequence of project with Contracts Managers to enable a proposed construction period to be determined.
  • Budgets/Cost Plans.
  • Adjudications.
  • Handovers.
  • Pre-tender Meetings.
  • Post Tender Meetings.


  • Provide support to other estimators in pricing tenders and providing budget costing.
  • Contact with people outside the company will be by telephone, e-mail, letter and meeting in person.
  • Assist others in selection of materials and sub-contractors when required to do so and propose alternative materials or methods.

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of building, material components, building regulations, estimating (including taking-off) and H&S.
  • Word processing and computer skills for record keeping/data entry and report writing – Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of contractual procedures and responsibilities.
  • Good negotiation, influencing and communication skills; well-spoken and personable; able to get on with diverse personalities.
  • Strong analytical and reasoning abilities.
  • Good organisation skills and attention to detail.
  • Highly numerate with well-developed ability to accurately manipulate numerical information.
  • Confident and resourceful.
  • Evidence of maintaining a professional, consistent and fair approach.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work alone or within a team.
  • Driving license holder with own car.
  • Personal commitment to equality and diversity.

Qualifications Required:

  • Degree or Higher National Certificate in Construction/Building, or equivalent. 
  • Previous estimating experience of at least 5 years.

Please send CV and covering letter to Mr C Boyle, Pre-Construction Director, R Durtnell & Sons Ltd, Rectory Lane, Brasted, Kent, TN16 1JR or via e-mail to

Job ref: Senior Estimator
Application deadline: 31 Jul 2017

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