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Basingstoke, Hampshire
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7 Sep 2022

About the role

Working for local authorities, Balfour Beatty Living Places provide highways maintenance, street lighting and public realm services.

We improve every day through engaging with our customers, investing in our people and using the latest technology to create positive, more efficient long-term outcomes - ultimately creating communities where people want to live work and play.

Our solutions include consultancy, finance, design and maintenance of the entire streetscape. We're shaping places, creating economic growth and meeting the needs of an ever-changing society.

Balfour Beatty Living Places has now created a new and exciting opportunity for an Estimator to join our Living Places business Unit to work in Basingstoke.

Role Purpose

  • To ensure tenders are submitted in accordance with client requirements in terms of content, format and timescales.
  • To produce accurate, competitive, error free, thorough, well researched tenders in a standard format, whilst maintaining estimating files and records as required complying with Gated Lifecycle, Bid Governance and Audit requirements.
  • To provide a pre and post contract estimating service to meet profit, quality and service objectives through communication with the strategy & business development, commercial, operational, procurement, finance, insurance and legal functions, and a clear understanding of clients' tender requirements.

What you'll be doing

As an Estimator, you will have the following accountabilities:

  • Obtain pricing of schedules of rates or scheme Bills of Quantities based on master bill or from first principals;
  • Take off quantities from design drawings and specifications if necessary;
  • Liaise with Contract Teams to ensure appropriate operational methodology is incorporated within pricing logic;
  • Work as a member of the Work Winning team pricing tenders to ensure that all deadlines are met and tenders are priced competitively using Candy estimating software;
  • Management of subcontract and supplier enquiries as required to support submission of tenders
  • Estimating build up for tender submissions in standard error free format, including ensuring all tenders have a tender stage risk & opportunity register
  • Estimating build up for tender submissions in standard error free format, including ensuring all tenders have a tender stage risk & opportunity register
  • Ensure all data utilised in tender build ups are current and relevant (e.g. Labour / Plant rates applicable to delivery period)
  • Check any received quotations from prospective suppliers / subcontracts are compliant with client / tender requirements (validity, approvals, technical requirements etc)
  • Consider alternative tenders submissions and develop and price any worthy of consideration and submission including consideration of innovations

Who we're looking for

You will have the following:

  • Experience in a similar role
  • Understanding of Risk & Opportunity analysis
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent desirable but not essential
  • Good financial acumen with an ability to analyse complex data and documentation accurately
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in general IT applications e.g. Word and Excel, and standard estimating software e.g. CANDY

About us

The way we live our lives is changing fast: where and how we live, work, travel, shop, relax and socialise. The evolving nature of our society means we all need to shape our environment to meet a complex array of individual and collective needs.

Living Places works in partnership with Local Authorities to consult, finance, design, build and manage the essential place infrastructure that local communities and national economies need to prosper and grow.

We are right at the heart of a dynamic place shaping agenda that brings Local Authorities, local communities, Central Government, and the Private Sector together to create safe, sustainable, flexible and dynamic public spaces geared to community social need, economic growth and personal well-being as well as being environmentally sustainable.

The provision of maintenance services for highways is only a small part of what is really needed. Our focus has moved beyond the road to deliver the potential of the street: a dynamic public place that connects and combines local community and business needs, encourages social interaction and helps pedestrians, motorists, bus riders, and cyclists to coexist safely. Building great public spaces with resource efficient assets enables functional, flexible and inspirational places to be at the heart of the community.

At Balfour Beatty we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential, not only because this is the right thing to do, but because it makes us a better business. To ensure we deliver on this commitment, we have a UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which sets out the wide range of targeted, proactive, measurable steps we are taking to make this a reality.

To help and support us with our desired commitment to create an inclusive culture we are members of WISE, enei, Business Disability Forum and Women into Construction. In 2020, we signed the Audeliss and Involve Open Letter to demonstrate our commitment to taking key long term and sustainable actions on Black Inclusion. Balfour Beatty is also a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role.

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  • Job Reference: 706199826-2
  • Date Posted: 7 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Balfour Beatty
    Balfour Beatty
  • Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Manufacturing Operations
  • Job Type: Permanent