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Gillian Executive Search, Inc. - recruiters in real estate development, construction and architecture

Our client is a West Coast-based construction services company that builds high quality residential and mixed-use developments, with a specialization in affordable housing. They are a team of experienced professionals that are committed to delivering products and services of exceptional quality to our clients. Since they began doing business over two decades ago, they’ve focused their efforts on partnering with organizations to create affordable housing for seniors, working with builders to integrate affordable homes into communities, assisting cities in the redevelopment and beautification of vacant and underutilized properties, and creating housing solutions for underserved populations, such as people with disabilities or those that are experiencing homelessness. They are passionate about building multifamily and affordable housing and they hope you are too! They hope you join their amazing team, which is headquartered in beautiful San Diego County, California.

Their development pipeline is completely full and built out for 10 to 12 years = JOB SECURITY!

What You’ll Be Doing As a Senior Construction Estimator you will be primarily responsible for developing high-quality construction estimates based on analyzing project technical requirements, as well as effectively communicating to both the client and respective project teams. The Sr. Estimator maintains expert knowledge and acute awareness of material and labor market trends, creates functional estimating templates, and advises stakeholders accordingly. Additionally, your tasks will include, but not be limited to:

  • Collecting and analyzing all project costs, including raw materials, labor, equipment, and tooling to ensure estimates are accurate.
  • Identifying and quantifying potential cost uncertainties to ensure costing models capture the full range of potential costs.
  • Updating costs, as necessary, based on new information and project scope changes.
  • Analyzing construction projects from multiple angles and studying plans and specifications to prepare estimations for a variety of property development opportunities.
  • Maintaining and reporting quarterly cheat sheet trends.
  • Setting up and managing the electronic files associated with estimating; as well as uploading and managing the documents for each project during pre-construction.
  • Managing the SOV requests process, including reviewing the SOVs with the respective clients while appropriately resolving any related issues.
  • Acquiring necessary information, estimate each project, and review the project estimates with the stakeholders.
  • Qualifying the estimate and answering any questions from stakeholders.
  • Identifying economic opportunities, track trends, and assess how those economic trends may impact future estimates.
  • Providing estimation related support and assistance to stakeholders and respective teams, as needed.
  • Leading, managing, and mentoring other estimating staff members.

What You’ll Need to Perform the Role You’ll use the following to be successful in this role:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Architecture, or Construction Management
  • At least ten (10) years of construction industry experience with extensive knowledge of best industry practices and standards
  • Advanced usage of current bidding software with an exceptional history of obtaining strong bid support from subcontractors.
  • Exceptional history of formulating contingency plans to effectively managing risks that might impact cost and time
  • Extensive history of building successful relationships with various trades and subcontractors, preferably in the area local to the project
  • Exceptional time management, multitasking and interpersonal skills.
  • Expert knowledge of construction documents, drawings, specifications, costs budgets, and current construction practices and methodology
  • Superior technical plan reading and comprehension skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project) It is also preferrable for you to have:
  • Experience with PLA’s, union trades and college campuses
  • Knowledge of subcontractors in New Mexico and northern California beneficial You may also have an equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill, and abilities have been attained. You’ll also need the following attributes:
  • Ability to be adaptable when utilizing historical data as well as competitive bid cost estimates
  • Extremely organized with ingrained ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Keen attention to detail with focused adherence to strict deadlines and procedures
  • Sound problem-solving skills with demonstrated ability to exercise sound independent judgment
  • High level of integrity and dependability, including handling sensitive and confidential information
  • Teamwork mindset and temperament to work effectively with a diverse group of people
  • Effective ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Genuine desire to work in the real estate development affordable housing industry
  • Personal accountability and enthusiasm for achieving company goals

What’s in it for You Their people are at the core of everything they do. They offer meaningful careers, competitive salaries, annual bonus packages, and an energetic office environment. They take the well-being of our team members seriously; thus, providing an attractive benefits and perks package to meet the needs of all our employees. This package includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical (HMO, PPO, HDHP/HSA plans available)
  • Dental (HMO and POS)
  • Vision
  • Section 125 Cafeteria Plan
  • Company sponsored Disability and Life insurance
  • 401K plan participation with company match
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • 4 day in office schedule
  • Flexible work schedule as business needs permit
  • Company-wide events

You’ll also be part of a workplace culture that is guided by the following principles of transparency, efficiency, sustainability, and focus on long-term interest of the owner and residents; as well as committed to their C.A.R.E.S values:

  • Communication = Meaningful Communication
  • Accountability = Foster Accountability
  • Relationships = Cultivate Relationships
  • Excellence = Pursue Excellence
  • Solutions = Provide Solutions

What’s Comes Next If this role seems of interest to you and you meet the needs to be successful, apply using the to the right or call Kipp Gillian of Gillian Executive Search at 866-600-0437 x 1 or email him at Our recruiting team will then review your application and any of the materials you submit. From that point, we’ll reach out if you’re a fit and introduce you to the hiring manager and move you through the interview process, which will encompass meeting virtually, as well as in-person at our corporate office and/or project job site.

Our client is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and is guided by the following principles:

  • They acknowledge that historic and ongoing discrimination results in a society where certain groups are disadvantaged in ways that are not always obvious.
  • They understand that a commitment to racial equity and inclusion is not always easy, is not always comfortable, and is not always expedient. It is nevertheless a commitment they have chosen to make.
  • Their commitment to racial equity and inclusion is evidenced by our demonstrated actions to address the unique housing needs of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and other marginalized groups. They intentionally develop and manage affordable housing that address the needs of historically marginalized, and disenfranchised populations.
  • They celebrate and encourage diversity in all forms and promote equity and inclusion through our practices, policies, systems, and behaviors.
  • Their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is embedded in all aspects of our work. They intentionally create an inclusive environment where our internal team, our external clients, and our contracted service providers are valued and supported.

Compensation: 150K-175K on annualized basis, depending on qualifications.

    • Job type: Permanent
    • Location: San Diego, CA
    • Date posted:
    • Salary:$150000 - $175000