Cost Estimator – City of Richmond

16 June 2023

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The City of Richmond is a diverse and dynamic community in pursuit of our vision
to be the most appealing, livable and well-managed community in Canada.

People l Excellence l Leadership l Team l Innovation

Imagine a career with the City of Richmond, a dynamic environment for growth and continuous improvement, fostered by our collective strengths and creativity. We are a vibrant, diverse cosmopolitan city, supported by a strong economy and recognized as leaders in innovation and service delivery excellence. The City of Richmond is committed to be the most appealing, livable, well-managed community in Canada, a goal that is only made possible by developing our most valuable asset – our people. This is a great opportunity to join our team and shape our community.

Cost Estimator

The City of Richmond is committed to be the most appealing, livable, well-managed community in Canada, a goal that is only made possible by developing our most valuable asset – our people. This is a great opportunity to join our team and shape our community. The City of Richmond offers competitive pay programs, comprehensive benefits and attractive incentives. If you are looking to make a difference, and to share our vision “to be the most appealing, livable, and well-managed community in Canada”, then please apply.

Overview
This position has two significant functions:  The first is to provide various classes of estimates for the five year capital program and Public Works construction. To provide accurate construction estimates, the incumbent must have thorough construction knowledge in the various disciplines of City infrastructure including Roads, Lighting, Waterworks, Drainage, Sanitary Sewer, Trades (carpentry, concrete and masonry works), Pump Stations and Parks. This is needed for the preparation of competitive/accurate tenders and estimates for City Operations and for budget estimates, and requires preparation of firm price estimates in competition with the private sector on formal tenders/quotations.  To gain this knowledge, several years of post secondary schooling and field experience is required.

The second significant function is project management duties.  The Cost Estimator routinely assists with managing projects and occasionally manages projects that are more routine in nature.  This includes preparing EOI’s, RFQ’s, RFP’s, quotations, tenders, tender summaries and providing project management services during the construction process. This position also participates in general department meetings and functions.

Examples of key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Cost Estimating

  • Prepare capital program budget cost estimates for various City departments including project feasibility assessment and constructability.
  • Prepare detailed cost estimates for City crews construction projects.
  • Prepare tender bid summaries and manage cost summary data base.
  • Review and update of standard utility installation rates for City forces construction.
  • Evaluate and review new construction methods, procedures and materials and research varying cost factors.
  • Prepare competitive bids through the City tendering process.
  • Develop and update unit rates.
  • Unit rate tracking and development of rates published in policies, bylaws and other City documents.
  • Prepare detailed cost estimates for various City departments including Engineering, Public Works, Parks, Transportation and Facilities.
  • Prepare detailed cost estimates for Local Area Services Program, Neighbourhood Improvement Charges and other City programs.
  • Respond to project related cost and financial enquiries.

Project Management

  • Assist with project management and contract administration of City forces, contractors and consultants for capital projects with focus on defined scope, schedule, budget and resources.
  • Provide recommendations to resolve various issues which affect scope, schedule, budget and resources.
  • Recognize funding issues and identify additional funding and/or scope reduction alternatives where required.
  • Prepare reports to senior management regarding award recommendations and funding. Communicate with consultants, contractors, regulatory agencies, other stakeholders (both internal and external) and residents.
  • Provide technical direction to consultants where required.
  • Review and approve consultant/ contractor/ supplier/ external agency invoices.
  • Prepare cost control reports and monitor design and construction processes and progress.
  • Review and recommend on payment certificates.
  • Provide technical assistance to other City Departments.
  • Respond to enquiries from the public and resolve complaints regarding construction projects.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experienced in cost estimating and managing projects or functions, including managing budget requiring accountability for expenditures and revenues.
  • Demonstrated decision making skills and the ability to make recommendations to achieve short and long term project goals.
  • Ability to compile and analyze data from various external and internal sources and finalize cost estimates and make recommendations on scope, schedule, budget and resources.
  • Ability to effectively interpret and communicate technical or specialized information to colleagues (e.g.: policies and programs to colleagues across the organization) and external contacts (e.g.: reports). 
  • Ability to effectively provide technical guidance, both internally and externally, and in a manner that secures cooperation from others. 
  • Effective in providing direction to others including assigning tasks, allocating work, and monitoring work, mentoring, listening, and responding to the concerns of others.
  • Ability to effectively manage and problem solve construction related projects that routinely involve difficult, specialized, or emotionally charged situations. 
  • Ability to assess data and make complex decisions to achieve project goals.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work accurately and effectively to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to lead initiatives to evaluate effectiveness of services provided.
  • Experienced managing the day to day operation and cost control of projects.
  • Demonstrated meeting facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Diploma of Engineering/Engineering Technology (or equivalent) with preference for Civil Engineering,or CEC certification through the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (or equivalent) plus a minimum of 2-5 years related experience preferably in municipal civil engineering cost estimating and project management or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Eligibility for AScT certification as a Technologist (1 year minimum following completion of diploma) and/or equivalent combination of education and field experience.
  • Supplementary project management and estimating courses and/or experience preferred.
  • A Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence for the Province of British Columbia.

Working Conditions:

The City of Richmond offers a competitive pay and benefits program, attractive incentives and a compressed work day schedule. If you are looking to make a difference, and to share our vision “to be the most appealing, livable, and well-managed community in Canada,” please submit your application by following the instructions below:

The City of Richmond uses an applicant tracking system for candidates wishing to view and apply for available career opportunities. For further information regarding position details and to apply, please visit our website at https://www.richmond.ca/city-hall/careers/current.htm

We are accepting applications until July 6, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

The City of Richmond is an inclusive employer committed to employment equity objectives and invites applications from all qualified individuals. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. If you are unsuccessful, please accept our appreciation for your interest. No telephone inquiries please.
 
This position is restricted to those legally entitled to work in Canada.