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Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Estimator

Guelph, ON

Where innovation, technology and integrity come together.

Kiwi Newton Group is a vertically integrated General Contractor focused on developing and constructing prefabricated and modular Building Systems and bringing efficient methods of construction to the industry. To continue being at the forefront of a rapidly changing construction industry, Kiwi Newton Group uses advanced building and manufacturing practices with innovative technology and promotes a problem-solving team environment. Our team is continually developing and constructing highly engineered, prefabricated, and energy efficient structures that meet our clients current and future needs.

If you understand what it takes to make a project successful and the initiative to make it happen then this role could be for you! The Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Estimator helps to lead the process of developing estimates and budgets for Design-Build, hard bid, and construction management proposals.


  • Take on ownership and accountability for the budgets/estimates.

  • Prepare preliminary & conceptual estimates for Design-Build and construction management projects with use of historical data, cost database, industry cost data, and trade/supplier input.

  • Responsible for preparing quantity take-offs and estimated costs of materials, labour, and use of equipment required to fulfill all provisions of the contract from simple to complex.

  • Monitor, track and document evolution of preliminary budgets into final construction budgets ensuring clear audit trail to original budget.

  • Compiling an appropriate list of inclusions/exclusions for each estimate to be included in the proposal/bid/submission.

  • Manage the workflow of estimates for formal Tenders and RFP submissions. Such as developing a thorough understanding of drawings & specifications, developing formal questions to be submitted, reviewing addendums, etc.

  • Participate in risk assessment for projects by identifying potential hidden costs from unclear items, reviewing drawings & specifications for unknowns, penalty clauses, scheduling or shipping issues, etc.

  • Be able to communicate the project estimate in square footage and other unit cost rates compared to “typical” square footage or unit rates. Produce other reports and statistics as a Dashboard for management review.

  • Provide estimating support to construction teams with additional trade/supplier pricing. Ensure clarity in trade/supplier scope of work. Review details of quotes and budgets

  • Maintain a directory of suppliers and sub-contractors.


  • Ability to work on Design-Build projects requiring the ability to work with limited drawings and know how to fill in the blanks.

  • Develop the ability to provide quick “high-level” estimates as well as more detailed estimates depending on what is required.

  • Understand construction requirements and pricing across a wide scope; Civil, Landscape, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural, Finishing, etc.

  • Develop an understanding of the Newton Group Ltd. prefabricated building components and the costs associated with it.

  • Be fluent in square footage and other unit cost rates for various mid and high rise buildings (wood, concrete, precast, steel), construction assemblies, construction methods, electrical and mechanical systems.

  • Provide value engineering options and participate in constructability reviews with feedback on costs of construction methods.

  • Develop an understanding of construction schedules and sequencing. Use schedules to project Division 1 costs for project bids or budgets.

  • Monitor industry costs for materials & labour.

  • Assist with Post Project Estimating Reviews to determine accuracy of the cost database and establish estimating standards for all future estimates based on such analysis.

  • Help develop estimating best practices for productivity and efficiency.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of Design-Build construction estimating experience.

  • Strong understanding of construction contracts, scheduling and scope of work development and tendering process for all phases of a construction project.

  • Working knowledge of the Ontario Building Code

  • Expert in Microsoft Excel.

  • Proficiency in other Microsoft Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and MS Project), Bluebeam.

  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of the project management team.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Effective time management and organizational skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience with databasing software is considered an asset.

  • Experience with CostOS is considered an asset.

  • Experience with BIM software is considered an asset.

  • Experience with the CCDC14 Stipulated Design Build contract.

  • A valid class G driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract.

In addition to being a Design-Build General Contractor, Kiwi Newton Group operates their own precast concrete manufacturing plant and steel fabrication shop. Kiwi Newton Group employs engineers (Structural, Electrical, Mechanical), estimators, designers, drafts people, project managers, health and safety representatives, manufacturing professionals, and others.

Come and be a part of our experienced and competent team by sending your resume to in confidence, telling us why you believe you would be a great fit for this position. Please provide both your availability and salary expectations. Please include the Job Posting in the subject of the email.

Kiwi Newton Group encourages people to enjoy work and working with others, to be creative and effective in teams, to be reliable for other team members and to develop efficient work habits to serve customers well and deliver best value excellent buildings and structures.

Kiwi Newton Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes all applicants who consider themselves qualified.

Please note that only candidates being invited to interview will be contacted, no agencies and no telephone calls please.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

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