Senior Estimator - Branch Builds

Herndon, VA posted on January 2


Senior Estimator
Position: Full-time                                          


Position summary:

Branch & Associates is searching for a collaborative and driven Senior Estimator to join our well-established, growing company.  The Senior Estimator must exhibit a thorough working knowledge of wood frame and concrete multi-family and commercial construction as related to all disciplines and phases of construction.


Essential Functions:

  • Performing quantity take-offs, pricing, scoping and bidding of construction projects.
  • Soliciting and developing relationships with subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Pricing subcontractor, supplier and self-performed scopes of work.
  • Assessing site exposures/construction risks to appropriately analyze, cost and reflect these in an estimate.
  • Assisting in material selection, bid strategy, and estimate presentation.
  • Identifying constructability issues through the estimating process.
  • Identifying value-engineering alternatives.
  • Leading the project team through the estimating process on select projects.
  • Executing accurate, detailed and complete conceptual, preliminary contract and final estimates.
  • Producing accurate estimates from conceptual and schematic drawings.
  • Producing detailed final contract estimates.
  • Reviewing estimates with project managers, superintendents and other estimators.
  • Tracking and documenting historical data for future use.
  • Leading a collaborative and timely subcontract buyout and negotiation phase
  • Ensuring, directly or though support, the development of comprehensive and concise subcontract scopes of work and terms and conditions
  • Conducts post-bid investigation on lost projects to ascertain reasons for losing (i.e. subcontract awards from low bidder differing from our apparent low subcontractors)


Required Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in building science, construction management or engineering, preferred; or equivalent experience.
  • 10 years of industry experience in various types and phases of new construction and rehabilitation, including concrete, masonry, steel, wood frame, MEP systems exterior and interior finishes.
  • Self-motivated, self-starter, who demonstrates the ability to manage time effectively.
  • Life-long learner looking to grow your knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to work with Owners, Architects, Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Branch Project Managers and Superintendents.
  • Highly organized, efficient, detail oriented and accurate.
  • Strong leadership, communication and people skills.
  • Strong computer skills in Excel, Project, Outlook, Word, Databases and estimating programs.
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings.
  • Ability to communicate technical information in writing.
  • Capable of synthesizing cost data from a wide range of sources into a conceptual estimate.
  • Ability to anticipate and account for potential quality, safety, productivity and schedule implications in the production of the estimate.
  • Understand and embrace Branch’s core purpose and values
  • Believe passionately in the strength of highly effective teams.


Preferred Qualifications/Education:

  • 10 years of experience in the construction industry, with a minimum of five years field experience, preferred.



Supervisory Responsibility

This position will potentially supervise 3 employees.



Travel is estimated at approximately 20%.

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.


 Company Benefits: 

  • Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), 100% contributed by company.
  • 401 (K) with Match
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance


Building Legacies for a Thriving Future
We encourage Minorities and Females to Apply.  EOE M/F/D/V.  VA Cont. Lic., Class A, #2701-029434A.