Burns & McDonnell Staff Estimator in Kansas City, Missouri


The Civil & Structural Staff Estimator is responsible for preparation of all levels of estimates and proposals relating to their discipline(s) that are required to support the engineering and design-build construction projects. This position will prepare and present engineering estimates, lump sum bids, proposals, unit cost and quantities for various projects with a diverse portfolio of project types and clients. Estimating experience in site civil, structural, heavy highway, transportation and water/waster water is required.

  • Assemble material and labor costs for clients and proposals for construction projects.

  • Analyze and incorporate quotes on bonds and insurance into the estimate for review.

  • Conduct small and disadvantaged business solicitation and evaluation.

  • Conduct subcontractor solicitation and pre-qualification tasks.

  • Analyze and insert specialty and standard equipment and material pricing into the estimate.

  • Prepare and deliver bid packages to subcontractors.

  • Present estimating information in site and pre bid meetings.

  • Conduct subcontractor labor and market studies, and make recommendations based on those results.

  • Develop project summary schedules.

  • Evaluate and condition subcontractor and supplier quotes.

  • Support pre-construction services on client estimates and joint venture reviews.

  • Develop and present estimating strategy and plan.

  • Research cost history and update data base(s).

  • Provide preliminary pricing for indirect and general conditions.

  • Evaluate fee, contingency and escalation and make recommendations.

  • Responsible for reviewing specialty and standard equipment pricing.

  • Review plans and specifications for risk issues and propose a mitigation strategy

  • Review commercial terms and conditions for cost and risk items and present concerns to lead estimator.

  • Responsible the accuracy and validity of estimate clarifications and assumptions.

  • Analyze and price value engineering for submission.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field. Applicable experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.

  • A minimum of 4 years of direct project estimating experience.

  • Ability to work independently or in groups, think creatively and analytically, and make quick and sound decisions.

  • Demonstrated attention to detail.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, ConEst and K-Base.

  • OSHA 10 hour safety certification required.


Job Estimating

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 180854