Job Posting: Manager of Estimating & Drawing Control

Position Information

Position Title: Manager of Estimating & Drawing Control

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Job Summary: As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, this position is accountable for closing the gap in accuracy between initial estimates and final project outcomes (cost & schedule) as well as building the systems and processes needed for effective management of construction drawing flow, reliable costing data, vendor and trade partner pipelines.

Required Education and Experience


  • Construction Management Technology or a related construction discipline.


  • 5+ years experience in construction estimating.

Job Duties

  • Develop and oversee the execution of design and shop drawing processes and manage resource distribution to ensure accurate drawing packages are issued as needed for construction projects to maintain budgeted cost and schedule.
  • Develop estimating processes & procedures that consider the cross-departmental interdependencies to allow for improved overall project performance and decision making.
  • Provide support to the President in evaluating the feasibility of a construction project and the proforma criteria, including completing or providing input to preliminary construction estimates needed for go/no go decision to be made.
  • Provide recommendations for mitigating high probability risks.
  • Regularly attend to project sites to gain understanding of construction processes and norms that impact construction build sequence and schedule.
  • Develop construction budgets for initial drawing sets and identify potential risks to cost or schedule to allow for reasonable contingency to be carried. This includes material take offs, drawing comparisons, gaining quotes, developing general conditions, assess rental & warranty costs.
  • Price (and re-price) changes to draft construction budgets with the President and General Manager to develop proposed construction budget to owner.
  • Following project approval, oversee preparation of material take offs and detailed pricing alternatives as scopes of work and/or drawing sets change and identify opportunities for budget changes elsewhere to absorb any new or unexpected expenditures.
  • Establish and manage the tendering process in collaboration with the operations team.
  • Work closely with Design, Procurement and Project Teams, develop and maintain database of reliable historical project costing information that allows for improving future project budgets.
  • Hire, coach, and actively develop a team of construction estimating professionals with a focus on growing each team member for a successful long-term career.
  • Oversee the work of the team and hold self and individual contributors accountable for performance of tasks and required outcomes for the department.

Job Capabilities/Performance Standards

  • Knowledge of construction estimating processes, building codes, and regulations.
  • Proactive self-starter.
  • Strong problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient in project management software and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to make decisions based on relevant facts.
  • Understands the value of project documentation and takes ownership of this function.
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
  • Must be flexible and a team player.

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