Walsh Construction

  • Chief Estimator

    Job Locations US-VA-Herndon
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Experienced - Full-Time
  • Overview

    Archer Western a member of The Walsh Group is currently seeking a Chief Estimator for our Mid-Atlantic Region.


    The Chief Estimator oversees multiple estimating teams that support a business group or are specialty-based. They are responsible for developing accurate and timely proposals for projects to ensure that Walsh is a responsive bidder.


    Walsh is a rapidly growing, highly diversified construction company, and we constantly seek builders and business people to join our industry-leading team. Walsh employees are "built to succeed" - competitive entrepreneurs with strong character who are energized by working on a team to meet challenges and are willing to take risks after careful planning. There are many compelling reasons why exceptional people should consider a career with our company:

    • Challenging, complex projects
    • Creative and innovative problem solving environment
    • Supportive, communicative managers who reward your success
    • Opportunities for growth, training, and development
    • Flexibility to build what you want, where you want



    • Oversees the work of teams that develop pricing and finalize estimates at conceptual through construction stages.
    • Identifies, establishes and manages strategic relationships with clients, subcontractors and unions to gather resources and build effective project estimating teams that help win and deliver work. Maintains a comprehensive understanding of the organizational and compliance-related components that comprise a bid. Tracks marketplace competitors.
    • Provides advanced leadership to drive development of staff. Involvement in strategic recruitment and staffing, succession planning, and training. Serves as mentor and coach to lower-level Estimators and provides counsel to experienced Estimators.
    • Accountable for reviewing and closing each bid, including assessment of risk and recommendation of improvements in cost engineering standards, procedures, methods and processes.
    • Develops and maintains strong relationships with subcontractors as well as material and equipment suppliers ensuring all quality and safety standards are met. Delegates responsibility and coordinates project activities.
    • Participates in final executive-level meetings to ensure that final estimate reflects the decisions of management including turnover and closeout reviews. Key involvement with senior management in business development efforts such as conferences, outreach to Contracting Officers and large GC/Subcontractor networking events.
    • Develops strategic plans with project sponsors.
    • Comprehends contract requirements for diversity compliance.




    • 15 years of experience in construction industry
    • Experience bidding large interchanges, bridges, water treatment plants, and rail work.
    • Experience bidding projects from $30M to over $300M
    • Experience bidding work in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland
    • Able to perform all duties of the Lead Estimator. Knows the competition. Able to engage with sponsorship for each project. Understands Costs and Market Conditions. Understands risks and rewards for each project. Communicates and listens effectively. Works with the team
    • Proficient in the use of HCSS bidding software
    • Looks to continually improve and grow
    • Moves quickly to make decisions and commit to a clear course of action
    • Identifies key issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision
    • Actively works to recruit, hire and retain high performers
    • Identifies and understands differences in subcontractor/vendor quotations
    • Effectively communicates and listens
    • Enables others to act, allocating appropriate decision making authority and/or responsibility to others
    • Demonstrates high levels of enthusiasm and energy
    • Emphasizes the importance of people’s contributions
    • Gets results from people and groups at multiple geographic locations
    • Organizes and uses meeting time effectively


    Equal Opportunity Employer, Disability/Veteran




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