Cost Estimator

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LOCATION: Houston, Texas

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FLEXIBILITY: Hybrid/Onsite

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SALARY: $90,000 - $110,000

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POSTED: February 21, 2024

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JOB TYPE: Direct Hire

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JOB ID: 27894

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Compensation: $90,000-$110,000
Location: Houston, TX
Cost Estimator:

Inceed has partnered with a great company to help find a skilled Cost Estimator to join their team!

Our client is one of the largest dredging companies in the United States, specializing in marine construction projects. With a commitment to excellence and a track record of successful operations, our client is seeking a skilled Cost Estimator to join their dynamic team. This person will report directly under the Vice President Of Estimating. If you have a background in construction, preferably in the marine sector, we encourage you to apply!


  1. Conduct detailed cost estimates for entire dredging projects, considering materials, labor, equipment, and overhead costs.

  2. Analyze project specifications, drawings, and other documentation to accurately assess project requirements.

  3. Collaborate with project managers and engineering teams to understand project scope and specifications.

  4. Leverage operational knowledge to develop accurate and realistic cost estimates for dredging operations.

  5. Stay informed about the latest industry trends, technological advancements, and cost-effective solutions relevant to dredging projects.

  6. Work closely with project managers, engineers, and other stakeholders to gather information and insights necessary for precise cost estimation.

  7. Attend pre-bid meetings and site visits to gain a comprehensive understanding of project requirements.

  8. Demonstrate proficiency in preparing hard bid project estimates, ensuring competitiveness and compliance with project specifications.

  9. Provide detailed breakdowns of estimated costs and justifications for each component in hard bid submissions.

  10. Assist in the development and management of project budgets, ensuring alignment with estimated costs.

  11. Collaborate with the finance team to track actual costs against estimated costs throughout project execution.

  12. Identify opportunities for cost-saving measures and value engineering to enhance project profitability.

  13. Contribute to the continuous improvement of the company’s estimating processes and methodologies.

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  1. 5+ years of relevant experience in dredging and/or marine construction industry; or 5+ cost estimating experience in comparable industry.

  2. Proven expertise and understanding of dredging operations, equipment, and logistical considerations.

  3. Required experience in preparing large scale, hard bid, full construction project estimates (entire projects estimating anywhere from 25mil and up).

  4. Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Business Administration or relevant work experience.

  5. Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to articulate and present cost estimates effectively.

  6. Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, with attention to detail in cost breakdowns and estimations.

  7. Proficient in relevant software tools for cost estimation, estimating software, and other industry-specific tools.

  8. Advanced Microsoft Excel experience. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Cost Estimator opportunity, please submit your resume for consideration. Our client is unable to provide sponsorship at this time.

We are Inceed, a staffing and direct placement firm who believes in the possibility of something better. Our mission is simple: We’re here to help every person, whether client, candidate, or employee, find and secure what’s better for them.

Inceed is an equal opportunity employer. Inceed prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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