This role will manage the construction change order process, provide detailed independent cost estimates, and analyze contractor’s construction change orders on major construction projects. The purpose of this position is to provide estimating and negotiation knowledge, techniques and leadership to Construction Management staff in the preparation and development of detailed cost estimates for contract change orders ranging in accuracy from Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) to detailed Engineer’s estimates. Work includes development and maintenance of cost database for Port specific job cost information; cost template development and maintenance.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Estimating Services: Provide detail independent construction change order estimates and negotiate costs and/or time impacts with contractors. Support Resident Engineers to ensure projects are constructed within the scope of the project, on schedule and within budget. Review and enforce contract requirements, review change order requests for entitlement and evaluate cost/time impacts and risks. Analysis of change orders and updating of estimating factors for future projects. Review and track labor rates and labor contracts (PLA) for various building trades to assure that the Port is paying correct rates. Provide alternative solutions and evaluate impact to project budget or schedule; lead and facilitate discussion to implement solution with appropriate parties. Assist with negotiation of large and complex projects with alternative contracting methods such as GCCM and Design Build. May be asked to provide conceptual estimates for prospective and new changes and cost estimates during stages of construction, including 30%, 60%, 90%,100%.
Negotiation and Controls: Responsible for negotiation strategies for establishing budgets on alternative construction contract delivery methods as well as settlement of change orders and claims. Support Assistant Director of Engineering and Construction Managers in the development and maintenance of organization budgets, estimating templates, cost data bases, and other areas of project controls necessary for managing the Engineering Construction Services. Provide input and recommendations to management regarding staffing requirements. Utilize and maintain cost/schedule control systems and reporting tools to provide Port Management with the decision-making resources necessary for project management. Review project actual costs and report out to appropriate teams. Participate in audits, claim resolution processes and negotiations.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Knowledge of construction labor, material, equipment cost and tracking the ever-changing market conditions affecting prices. Knowledge of change management concepts, procedures and processes. Extensive expert working knowledge and experience in the construction of very large, complex buildings and facilities. Thorough knowledge and understanding of general and subcontract documents, drawings and specifications, construction means, methods and materials. Knowledge of estimating concepts and procedures for preparation of estimates ranging from Rough-Order-of-Magnitude (ROM) to Detailed Estimates. Fundamental knowledge of sound engineering principles. Knowledge of construction cost control and accounting procedures. Knowledge of civil and building construction methods and materials, market conditions and trade practices. Engineering and architectural design and construction and construction management principles, practices and procedures including specific knowledge infrastructure systems. Knowledge of Public Work contracting methods. Knowledge of construction and contract law related to alternative contracting such as GCCM and Design Build Project labor Agreements and labor law including understanding of union trade relations and union agreements.
Construction cost estimating skills in all trade disciplines’. Be knowledgeable in new and remodel building construction and also roadway and civil construction projects. Experience in Negotiating strategies for establishing budgets on alternative construction contract delivery methods. Experience in Negotiating strategies for settlement of change orders and claims. Familiarity with in construction auditing. Skilled techniques in how to lead, coach, mentor, and train people. Effective communication (written & verbal) and listening techniques. Strong computer skills and familiarity with MS Office products and Bluebeam or On-Screen Takeoff.
Ability to establish and maintain estimates within an estimate database that will be utilized for preparing future estimates. Ability to compare and analyze contractor/subcontractor estimates against existing in- house estimates. Ability to perform quantity take-offs and identify additional major cost elements not detailed in the documents. Ability to articulate complex technical processes, scope, and costs into a coherent concise reports and presentations. Ability to read and interpret construction drawings to accurately calculate quantities and determine project cost. Ability to analyze, compare and interpret detailed information.
Combination of education and experience demonstrative knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:
Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering or related field; and
Ten (10) years’ experience in project estimation for public works industrial, marine, highway, and/or commercial projects working for government, general contractors and subcontractors.
Master’s degree in Construction Management, engineering, or related field; and/or
More than ten (10) years’ experience in negotiation of change order estimates on behalf of project owners.
Internal Number: 1196BR
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