This website uses third-party cookies to collect statistical information related to your navigation. If you continue to browse, we consider you accept this use. See more information on our cookies policy here.


Human resources

Construction Cost Estimator

Phoenix Arizona - November 17, 2017

The Cost Estimator will be responsible for preparing cost estimates for Abacus and its clients. Responsible for initiating, and coordinating estimating efforts to advise others regarding the cost of the work. The Cost Estimator should be knowledgeable and able to prepare the pre-design, design, bid & award, construction, and post-construction phase estimates. Services within these phases should include various estimate types based upon standard estimating practices. Expected to implement cost estimating procedures typical of Abacus and within the standard of care of the industry.


  • Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare detailed construction cost estimates at various design phase milestones in terms of quantification of materials, equipment, apply appropriate unit pricing and labor estimates.
  • With assistance from Senior Cost Estimating Staff, assess the cost effectiveness of products, projects or services, tracking actual costs relative to bids as the project develops.
  • Consult with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments or contractors to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.
  • Confer with engineers, architects, owners, contractors, and subcontractors on scope and cost and update changes and adjustments to cost estimate
  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing, and scheduling work.
  • Prepare estimates for use in selecting vendors or subcontractors.
  • Change order review
  • Value Engineering
  • Use of current tools for estimating such as on-screen take-off, etc.
  • Work closely with Senior Cost Estimating Staff and office leadership to further develop a deeper understanding of cost estimating principles and practices used by Abacus Cost Estimating staff.

Qualifications / Preferences:

  • Higher education degree in construction, engineering, architecture, and/or related field is required and 5+ years of experience
  • Familiar with concepts, practices, and procedures within the particular field of construction cost estimating and project management
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • A large degree of creativity and latitude is required
  • Lives in Metro Phoenix, Arizona area

To apply, please send your qualifications to Laurie Parris at