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LEAD ESTIMATOR (Heavy Civil Construction)

Position Summary

Branch Civil, Inc. is searching for a collaborative and driven Lead Estimator to join our well-established, growing company.  The Lead Estimator provides direction and oversight for multiple estimating teams in developing accurate and timely estimates for projects to be bid. The Lead Estimator must possess a thorough working knowledge of heavy civil construction and site development as related to all disciplines. This position requires the candidate to be a self-starter, have a strong work ethic, and to be committed to quality. The Lead Estimator reports to the Estimating Manager. 


  • Assign and supervise the work of other estimators in one or more locations
  • Accountable for reviewing and closing each bid developed by the estimating team while ensuring completeness and accuracy
  • Review Invitations to Bid and RFPs and make Go/No Go recommendations to Sr. Leadership
  • Assesses project risks and develops plans to mitigate.
  • Establish winning bid strategies
  • Reviewing estimates with project managers, superintendents and other estimators to ensure project costs are accurately captured
  • Developing relationships with customers, subcontractors, and suppliers through direct communication
  • Identifying value-engineering alternatives and other opportunities to gain a competitive advantage.
  • Assure compliance with MBE/DBE requirements of contract in bid process. Assure that all appropriate subcontractors have been solicited

Duties/Responsibilities Cont.

  • Understand all safety, quality, and environmental standards and procedures
  • Review preliminary project schedule based on the information provided in the plans and specificationsInvolvement in strategic recruitment and staffing, succession planning, and training.
  • Manage the onboarding process of new employees.
  • Serve as mentor to junior team members and provide counsel to experienced staff
  • Provides leadership to drive the development of staff
  • Prepare preliminary budgets
  • Manage the project hand-off process to effectively communicate the project scope, complexities, and estimate strategy to the operations team.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, construction management or related field; or equivalent experience.
  • 10 years experience in a senior level estimating role
  • Thorough understanding of external/internal market factors 
  • Read and interpret drawings.
  • HCSS HeavyBid experience required.
  • Proficiency with Agtek earthwork software
  • Ability to anticipate and account for potential quality, safety, productivity and schedule implications 
  • Advanced knowledge of construction principles and capabilities of manpower and equipment.
  • Advanced understanding of bidding different contract types 


Using Math
Working with Financial Information
Budgets/Cost Control
People Management
Communicating Effectively


Travel is estimated at approximately 30%. Occasional travel to other regions of the country and overnight stays

Supervisory Responsibility

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Office days and hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work hours may include occasional nights and weekends which may include overnight stays.

AAP/EEO Statement

It has been and will continue to be a fundamental policy of the Company not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law, with respect to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and other terms and condition of employment.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Nearest Major Market: Hampton Roads