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Lead estimator

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is a $2bn engineering, management and development consultancy, with a significant presence in the East Coast transportation and infrastructure realm. We have a brand-new opportunity for a lead estimator to join our ever-expanding team in the Boston area and embark on one of the largest projects of its nature in the region.

Mott MacDonald has been engaged by a prestigious client to provide construction and program management services for a major transit program in Boston, MA. The lead estimator will be a member of the knowledgeable program team and will be tasked overseeing the estimating elements of the program.


Equal employment opportunity is the law. English version, Spanish version, Chinese version.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or disability status.

Job Description

As the lead estimator, you will be tasked with:

  • Lead all cost estimating activities for the program including review of “order of magnitude” conceptual estimates as well as complete “bottoms-up” detailed estimates during design and construction phases of the project.
  • Lead the estimating team during conceptual design submittal to final PS&E phase reviews.
  • Coordinate with the scheduling team during design submittal phase reviews.
  • Manage scope and unit costs review of the design estimate packages provided by the DOR.
  • Facilitate critical value engineering, risk analysis, constructability, contingency assessment development, and Independent Cost Estimate (ICE) assessments for Construction Contract risk reallocations or claims as requested.
  • Develop cost estimate “what-if” option comparisons for overall schedule and cost impacts.
  • Implement procedures for reconciliation of design phase and construction phase estimates.
  • Quantify scope and interpret contract documents from design plans and specifications.
  • Review and analyze HCSS and Excel produced EPC and construction cost estimates for development of basis of estimates and assumptions.
  • Coordinate with the scheduling team during design submittal phase reviews.
  • Coordinate with the change management team to provide order of magnitude and “bottoms-up” estimates.
  • Analyze consultant and contractor cost reporting cost reporting output and incorporate them into a cost management database.

Although this is a new office, Mott MacDonald has an extensive and illustrious history in the Boston, MA area. Beyond the role on the program, our Westwood office has over 100 people with a fantastic culture in a modern office.

Candidate Specification

Our team of professionals provides cost-effective and innovative engineering solutions for the North American transportation and infrastructure industry with unprecedented success. We’re looking for a lead estimator to join our team to continue this traction and invite applications from candidates with:

  • Five or more years’ experience with construction/engineering estimating
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management or related field
  • Detailed knowledge of Primavera P6
  • Ability to develop cost / schedule analysis presentations including: graphic, written, and verbal
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and ability to liaise with client, contractors and team
  • Experience of working on large construction projects or transit / rail projects is preferred
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