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National Grid Senior Estimator, Estimating in Syracuse, New York

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National Grid is seeking a Senior Estimator, Estimating for our Syracuse, NY offices.

This position is one of National Grid’s career path roles which provide for promotional opportunities within and across salary bands as you develop and evolve in the position by gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills

Project Estimating plays a critical role in shaping National Grid’s short and long term capital budgets for the core lines of businesses within the US. By working closely with numerous other departments including Engineering, Project Management, and Construction, our highly collaborative team develops detailed, defensible estimates using nationally recognized estimating techniques. Our unique position within the business allows us to participate as core project team members in challenging and interesting capital projects. We are constantly seeking ways to improve our own performance through team-developed department initiatives as well as analysis of actual spend to our estimates upon project completion

Job Purpose

`The Estimator will prepare accurate and timely construction estimates for large scale complex construction projects. Estimates include all aspects of a project including materials, engineering, permitting, environmental compliance, construction, labor and equipment.

Key Accountabilities

  • Train new Estimators entering department on Policies, Procedures and Estimating Software

  • Create, test and maintain assemblies and models in Sage Estimating Software

  • Prepare accurate and timely construction estimates based on engineering designs, drawings, site visits, contractual agreements, materials, permitting, environmental, construction labor, and equipment. Incorporate solid understanding of the utility construction process into complex estimates.

  • Analyze key themes and trends to ensure all factors are properly considered, priced and included in the project estimate.

  • Determine understanding of risk associated with large capital projects and the application of contingency. This would include application and development of risk registers, Quantitative Risk Assessments, and/or Monte Carlo Simulations.

  • Revise and update the estimating system software to support storage and retrieval of estimating information and enhance efficiency and operability of the system.

  • Monitor year-on-year accuracy of estimated costs and challenge business processes in order to ensure National Grid is compliant with applicable regulations and deliver projects on budget. Perform planned versus actual evaluations upon project completions for costs and schedule. Document findings and develop improvement plans based on the analysis.

  • Consult and collaborate with vendors, personnel in other departments or engineers to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.

  • Challenge existing ways of working and continuously seek ways to do things better in order to drive greater efficiencies within assigned area.

  • Work independently to manage schedule and workload in order to meet need dates.

Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Able to work and interact with engineers and operations during all phases of projects.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or closely related field. ex: Project Management, Business Degree

  • Or Associate Degree with 6+ years of relevant work experience or in lieu of a degree, 15+ years of relevant work experience and training may be considered.

  • Preferred - Utility Project Management, Risk Management and/or Estimating experience

  • Proficient MS Office computer skills (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Proven interpersonal and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of planning, design, and construction process.

  • Able to work and interact with various team members during all phases of projects.

  • Must have a valid driver's license with safe driving history.

Preferences for Current Position:

  • Professional Estimator Certification in AACE International, ICEAA, or ASPE.

  • 6+ years of estimating or relevant work experience

  • Knowledge of construction means and methods, costs and engineering principles.

  • Experience managing the unit cost libraries of professional estimating software programs.

  • Knowledge of SAGE or other estimating software applications.

  • Significant portfolio of completed construction estimates with documented success in actual results achieved.

  • Experience working on Electric Utility construction projects.

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$97,000 - $114,000 a year

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.

National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.  We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.  National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.