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Working As An Estimating Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $87,400

    Average Salary

What Does An Estimating Manager Do At Global Finishing Solutions

* Provide management and leadership to the Estimating team which includes training, mentoring, and hiring
* Ensure technical coordination in processes between various support departments including Sales, Engineering, Install, and Project Management
* Responsible for working cross-departmentally to support custom products being designed and quoted through the Refinish or Aerospace Business Units.
* Monitor current estimating process, maintain documents related to these processes and ensure that all processes conform to QMS guidelines.
* Develop automated estimating processes for all products as needed.
* Manage and update all quote tools including RFQs, Quote Templates, Distributor Quote tools, Internal Estimate Sheets, and all Excel estimating tools.
* Manage the processes and products and ensure that the requirements of the Sales Department and GFS customer are being met

What Does An Estimating Manager Do At Bastian Solutions

* Coordinate with specific resources (software engineers, controls engineers, CAD Engineers, etc.) to prepare financial estimates.
* Perform any necessary task required for the bidding of a project including being skilled in Excel.
* Continue to enhance and refine the tools / methodologies we use.
* Maintain your education on a wide variety of material handling automation and Supply Chain Execution software.
* Study the competition to help determine market pricing.
* Perform any necessary task required for the bidding of a project including being skilled in AutoCAD, Project Management and Excel.
* Reviews material and information system handling concepts based on client needs as a part of the Systems team.
* Makes suggestions to improve design and reduce cost without hindering system performance.
* Any and all job duties as assigned

What Does An Estimating Manager Do At Quad/Graphics

* Training and auditing estimators on one process
* Identifying and developing current and future talent
* Streamline processes
* Examining return rate of closed sales and strategize with upper management along with proactive solutions
* Determine Estimating Workflow for maximum prioritizing and efficiency
* Proactively collaborate with Sales, Operations and Finance
* Performing daily estimating job duties

What Does An Estimating Manager Do At RCO Engineering

* Manage the execution of all estimating activities for RCO’s Plastics Group
* Recruitment and development of all estimating personnel
* Develop and maintain the estimating department processes and procedures – report on achievement of objectives
* Attend customer RFQ meetings and support RCO Sales Team from receipt of RFQ through contract award – including proposal preparation and presentation
* Develop and recommend project win strategy along with support from RCO Operations
* Review and approve estimates prior to submission
* For large estimates, create and present proposal and strategy recommendation to key stakeholders
* Along with RCO Sales Team, establish and maintain customer relationships
* Along with RCO Purchasing Team, establish and maintain supplier relationships
* Review historical project cost reports to develop and implement estimating strategy improvements
* Review supplier quotations to ensure they meet RCO project expectations
* Support supplier negotiations
* Work closely with RCO Purchasing Team to ensure purchasing strategies are maximized

What Does An Estimating Manager Do At Gap Inc.

* Manager will be responsible for managing Gap Inc Capital spend and driving cross-functional teams to meet new concept cost targets.
* Position will also be responsible for day-to-day financial oversight of Gap Inc.
* Construction projects as well as developing project budgets for Real Estate Committee and CFO approval.
* Own construction costs from beginning to end of project lifecycle.
* This includes working with project team to control costs, updating leadership at critical project milestones and maintaining current portfolio forecast
* Drive cross-functional team to achieve cost targets on individual projects while keeping ahead of aggressive project timelines
* Track project-level spend throughout the year.
* Hold project team accountable to Pro Forma targets
* Document, review and maintain projects throughout capital planning and approval process in Oracle Project Management
* Evaluate current tools and databases to drive efficiencies and value-added enhancements
* Manage outsourced estimators in developing store construction estimates that provide detailed documentation of line item construction costs, while supporting real estate decisions
* Support key strategic & departmental initiatives and analysis
* Provide support and strategic insights to the conceptual and technical design teams
* Engage with project teams and construction subject matter experts to better understand remodel and construction scopes and processes.
* Travel to key store locations, as needed
* Work across all brands to help rollout best practices across Gap Inc. brands for post project go back work, cost controls and new concept initiatives

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How To Become An Estimating Manager

Large construction firms increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. While some individuals with a high school diploma and many years of experience in a construction trade may be hired as construction managers, these individuals are typically qualified to become self-employed general contractors.


It is becoming increasingly important for construction managers to have a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering. As construction processes become more complex, employers are placing greater importance on specialized education.

More than 100 colleges and universities offer accredited bachelor’s degree programs in construction science, building science, or construction engineering. These programs include courses in project control and management, design, construction methods and materials, cost estimation, building codes and standards, and contract administration. Courses in mathematics and statistics are also relevant.

More than fifty 2-year colleges offer construction management or construction technology programs. An associate’s degree combined with work experience is typical for managers who supervise smaller projects.  

A few universities offer master’s degree programs in construction management.

Those with a high school diploma and several years of relevant work experience may qualify to become a construction manager, although most are qualified to become self-employed general contractors.


New construction managers are typically hired as assistants and work under the guidance of an experienced manager. This training period may last several months to several years, depending on the firm.

Work Experience

If the typical education is not obtained, practical construction experience is important for jobseekers, because it reduces the need for initial on-the-job training. Internships, cooperative education programs, and previous work in the construction industry can provide that experience. Some construction managers become qualified solely through extensive construction experience, spending many years in carpentry, masonry, or other construction specialties.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers. Certification is valuable because it can demonstrate knowledge and experience.

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. It is recommended that applicants for this certification complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

The American Institute of Constructors awards the Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) designations to candidates who meet its requirements and pass the appropriate construction exams.

Some states require licensure for construction managers. For more information, contact your state licensing board.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Most managers plan a project strategy, handle unexpected issues and delays, and solve problems that arise over the course of the project. In addition, many managers use cost-estimating and planning software to determine costs and the materials and time required to complete projects.

Business skills. Construction managers address budget matters and coordinate and supervise workers. Choosing competent staff and establishing good working relationships with them is critical.

Customer-service skills. Construction managers are in constant contact with owners, inspectors, and the public. They must form good working relationships with these people and ensure their needs are met.

Decisionmaking skills. Construction managers choose personnel and subcontractors for specific tasks and jobs. Often, these choices must be made quickly to meet deadlines and budgets.

Initiative. Self-employed construction managers generate their business opportunities and must be proactive in finding new clients. They often market their services and bid on jobs, and they must also learn to perform special home improvement projects, such as installing mosaic glass tiles, sanding wood floors, and insulating homes.

Leadership skills. Managers must effectively delegate tasks to construction workers, subcontractors, and other lower level managers.

Speaking skills. Managers must give clear orders, explain complex information to construction workers and clients, and discuss technical details with other building specialists, such as architects. Self-employed construction managers must get their own projects, so the need to sell their services to potential clients is critical.

Technical skills. Managers must know construction methods and technologies, and must be able to interpret contracts and technical drawings.

Time-management skills. Construction managers must meet deadlines. They ensure that construction phases are completed on time so that the next phase can begin as scheduled. For instance, a building’s foundation cannot be constructed until the land is completely excavated.

Writing skills. Construction managers must write proposals, plans, and budgets, as well as document the progress of the work for clients and others involved in the building process.

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  • White

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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Korean

  • Bemba

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Real Estimating Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Estimating Manager, Tank Business Line Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 24, 2016 $176,148
Estimating Manager, Tank Business Line Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 27, 2013 $140,483 -
Cost Estimator Manager VJ Associates Inc. of Suffolk Washington, DC Aug 03, 2015 $134,000
Cost Estimating Manager Full Power Properties LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $120,000
Cost Estimator Manager Full Power Properties LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $120,000
Cost Estimating Manager Fulton Street Ventures LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2015 $100,000
Senior Cost Estimator/Manager Faithful & Gould, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 07, 2015 $98,940
Estimating Manager Building Materials Construction Services, Inc. Indio, CA Dec 17, 2012 $87,155
Estimating Manager Flexible Lifeline Solutions Houston, TX Sep 26, 2012 $79,435 -
Estimating Manager Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. Phoenix, AZ Oct 13, 2015 $78,957
Estimator (Construction Manager) Butler and Butler Construction, LLC Lancaster, TX May 07, 2016 $60,000
Estimator(Construction Manager) Stone-Tech, Inc. Garland, TX Sep 09, 2016 $56,472
Estimator(Construction Manager) Stone-TEC, Inc. Garland, TX Jan 19, 2015 $56,203
Estimator (Construction Manager) Stone-TEC, Inc. Garland, TX Aug 13, 2014 $52,000
Project Estimator/Manager KEL-Mar Designs, Inc. New York, NY Sep 26, 2010 $52,000
Fiberglass Construction Estimation Manager Picon FRP, Inc. San Pablo, CA Oct 01, 2010 $51,709

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Top Skills for An Estimating Manager


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Top Estimating Manager Skills

  1. Bid Proposals
  2. Cost Estimates
  3. Scope
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Evaluated and selected vendors and subcontractors for participation in bid proposals and project execution.
  • Reviewed completed construction drawings and cost estimates for accuracy and conformity to standards and regulations.
  • Communicated necessary scope of work to adjusters.
  • Established corporate estimating department, and simultaneously staffed inside sales department.
  • Called general contractors for additional information for proposals.

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