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Principal Construction Cost Estimator (2 Year Contract)

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
201310171849 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $53,415 - $95,508

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Under the general direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Capital Programs, the Principal Cost Estimator is responsible for managing the generation of construction cost estimates for Capital Program's project portfolio. The Estimator uses estimating methodologies to perform complex cost analysis and develops internal tools and processes to accurately estimate capital costs projects and resource requirements through close collaboration with design and construction, architects and engineers, and product teams. The Estimator also develops the necessary feedback loops and benchmarking capabilities to ensure consistency and accuracy across Capital Program's development pipeline. The Estimator partners with relevant Campus stakeholders to provide necessary deliverables for projects throughout the development life-cycle, construction, and financial close.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor's degree in engineering, architectural, quantitative surveying, or construction management, and six years of experience as a project estimator in a design build construction environment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge of federal, state, and local requirements, policies, and procedures as they pertain to large scale public works construction projects; and construction cost estimating and project scheduling methodologies sufficient to be able to analyze and resolve problems related to work assignments.

Demonstrated skill and experience with CADD or other design software; Microsoft Office Suite, with emphasis on advanced Excel; developing complex cost estimates and integrating project bill of materials, labor productivity estimates and material or subcontractor quotes into a single project estimation model; reviewing vendor and subcontractor quotes for accuracy and completeness; terminology, symbols, codes and standard abbreviations used on specifications, plans, blueprints or maps; and practical application of mathematical concepts including: fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions, logarithms, slide rule, practical algebra, geometric constructions, and essentials of trigonometry.

Ability to use excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with faculty committees, campus and university administrators, campus departmental stakeholders, permitting agencies, budget and funding authorities, architectural and engineering consultants, contractors, and suppliers; work well with a cross functional team to achieve business results; coordinate the collection of data to support development and establishment of cost models; be highly detail oriented; read and interpret plans, specification and contract documents; analyze and resolve complex problems by using professional judgment to make timely and sound decisions pertaining to project and construction management and the negotiation of pricing agreements with contractors; prioritize and schedule work to allow for its efficient and effective completion; interact professionally and analytically with various personnel to identify needs and delivers high quality and professional innovative services; manage revisions of cost models and ensure accuracy and completion of timely updates; and model and promote the University's principles of community and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in engineering, architectural, quantitative surveying, or construction management, and ten years of experience as a project estimator in a design build construction environment with large development/civil works projects experience.

Experience with Timberline accounting and Primavera scheduling systems.

Experience with ERP systems such as Oracle/JD Edwards or SAP.

Experience with scheduling forecasting in a design build construction environment.

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In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #8 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2012-13). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 46th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2012-13) and is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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