Estimator BLUE52326

Recruiter
Blue Octopus Recruitment Ltd
Location
Canary Wharf, London (Greater)
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted
09 Aug 2017
Expires
23 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Our client is recruiting for an Estimator to be based in Canary Wharf (London E14 5LQ) or home based with occasional travel across the UK. This is a permanent and full time role which offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Background

Our client is a leading provider of transformational services designed to improve the performance and efficiency of building, industry, infrastructure and cities. At over 14,000 customer sites, across the public, private and healthcare sectors, their teams work closely with customers to provide integrated solutions by utilising their strengths in technical services, facilities management and business processes, often combining these with its energy expertise.

Purpose of the Job

Under guidance from the Senior Estimator you will work with the wider Business Development Team to develop a prime cost model and project life cost plan for all Hard & Soft FM bids from first principles and market benchmarks.

Key Accountabilities

As an Estimator you will be working under the leadership of the Head of Estimating together with instruction from the Senior Estimator.

You will work alongside the Business Development Team, together with ambitious, innovative and highly motivated individuals from across the business to develop best in class quality submissions.

A key purpose of this position is to ensure the retention of current business and the acquisition of new business through commercially sound and competitive pricing; actively seeking innovative pricing solutions to assist the bid team in developing winning submissions.

The role incorporates all aspects of data (financial and non-financial) collation, analysis and report preparation including the population of base data in the bid financial and operational models.

• Prepare costings for tender submissions in consultation with the Bid Manager and operational personnel
• Undertake cost analysis for facilities management and life cycle works
• Assist in establishing client requirements
• Perform risk assessment, value management and cost control exercises
• Visit sites as necessary to compile accurate tender proposals
• Assist in the preparation of costing and life cycle models based on project details, Bills of Quantities and actual condition findings
• Advise on maintenance, repair and refurbishment techniques to minimise future maintenance risk, contributing to the creation of method statements and other documentation to support bid submissions
• Advise on procurement strategy
• Evaluate the contract supplied by the client as part of the tender process and identify any potential areas of risk
• Contribute to post-submission clarification responses and tender presentations if required
• Prepare accurate and prudent cost/value analysis
• Work alongside Regional Managers to identify and meet appropriate human resource and procurement requirements
• Create contract programmes if required, maintaining and updating these as projects proceed
• Maintain robust and consistent change control processes to identify changes/variations as relevant for each scheme
• Assist the Bid Manager and Operations Managers with all commercial and contractual queries
• Maintain awareness of the FM industry in general and the various contracts in use
• Contribute business improvement/efficiency ideas and initiatives

Outcome, Results and Key Performance Indicators

• Create and implement a project plan to deliver bid requirements on time, monitor and report on bid process against plan and budget
• Ensure the timely delivery of compliant and commercially sound bids
• Maintain a risks/issues/opportunities register and ensure these are shared at relevant meetings and reviews
• Successfully navigate bids through the internal governance process and obtain relevant approvals at each stage of the procurement
• Manage all submission internal reviews and post bid reviews with clients
• The successful mobilisation of new contracts through a detailed, documented, handover process with both the mobilisation and operational teams involved to ensure services sold are delivered as sold and within budget.

Dimensions of Job

• Working across UK wide Tenders
• UK and European travel to their Offices
• Working across both the Private Sector and Cities and Communities.
• Working on tenders values from £100k to over £10m pa.

Key Relationships

• Business Development
• Operations Management Team
• Sales Support Manager
• Bid Managers
• Principal Estimator
• Direct Team Members
• Company Subject Matter Experts
• Internal and external Key Stakeholders
• Third Party Suppliers

Qualifications

• A degree in a relevant accountancy / analytical / mathematics discipline (or equivalent experience).

Experience

The job holder will have:


• An estates or building maintenance background ideally with some operational experience
• Prior experience of outsourcing sales process and negotiation
• Proven experience in bidding and pricing

Knowledge and Skills

The job holder will have:

• Knowledge of the Hard/Soft FM process and an understanding of how Services with Energy can be promoted
• Strong numeracy and financial management skills
• Ability to analyse complex data and documentation with accuracy
• Able to provide a costing build up based on productive hours, shift pattern and access hours
• Ability to present proposal, both internally and externally, in a professional manner and with a full understanding of the delivery solution put forward; including validation of innovation or cost savings put forward
• Able to support bid production with written explanation for client returns
• Understanding of resources required and issues faced including their impact on costs
• Ability to produce work of a high standard to strict deadlines on multiple projects and with limited supervision.
• Good people management skills; a team player who thrives in a fast paced environment.
• Creative and innovative approach to problem-solving
• PC literate with sound experience of working with Excel including Pivot tables, SUMIF functions and VLOOKUPS.

Behavioural Capabilities

Collaborating: Role will be a key member of the Business Development team, in addition regular interface with colleagues in other functions (Commercial, legal , HR etc.). The ability to communicate across teams is essential

Commercial: A strong understanding of the commercial proposition of each bid and the subsequent financial impact and risk associated to that position.

Contributing: As a member of the ‘project team' for bids positive contribution to the wider bid strategy is both valued and expected. This is in addition to the core responsibility of ensuring that bids are financially compliant and that risks and opportunities are adequately presented for board review.

Leading: Act as the SME (subject matter expert) for all cost model related issues that arise as part of the bidding lifecycle.

Influencing: The role will be client facing in the form of competitive dialogue attendance and client presentations. The ability to clearly explain cost build up and concepts to finance and non-financial clients is essential.

Planning: The ability to plan ahead and manage expectations is vital as this role involves working across multiple projects/bids at any one time.

For this role you must have evidence of right to work in the UK. There is no re-location package with this job role. Our client does not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race, colour, religion, disability or sexual orientation, and they welcome applications from all sections of the community.

This is a Blue Octopus Recruitment Ltd vacancy who are operating as an employment agency. Once you have clicked to apply for this vacancy, we will then send you more information on the role including a copy of the application form via email.