PAE, Inc Lead Cost Estimator in Arlington, Virginia

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Lead Cost Estimator

PAE is currently seeking a Lead Cost Estimator in Arlington, VA or Ft. Worth, TX to support our Business Development team.

Successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for generating and documenting accurate estimates in support of Federal Government proposal efforts. Responsible for leading, maintaining and coordinating project estimates to meet schedules. In coordination with the BOE Project Manager, lead the preparation and documenting of in-house estimates for the project. Develop statements of work to outsource technical services, liaison with Global Supply Chain to find sources, and respond to questions from the trade contractors. Assist the project team, providing input, coordination and problem solving related to the estimates, at all stages of design.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review the solicitation workload information to identify key workload drivers and missing information

  • Prepare questions for the Government regarding required information for proper estimating

  • Use industry best practice tools and standards, such as RSMeans, UFC, etc., to develop initial estimates

  • Interface with subject matter experts to refine estimates

  • Assist and coordinate estimate preparation for specialty trades

  • Document source(s) of estimate information such as parameters, values, model approach, and model calibration (where parametric estimates were used)

  • Perform product research to support preventative/predictive maintenance standards in support of estimates

  • Prepare bid packages for outsourced trades/services; obtain consensus with operations personnel on requirements and quality control measures

  • Ensure that all work scope items (e.g., assumptions, performance standards, quality control methods, etc.) are included the BOE Worksheets

  • Prepare clear, properly formatted BOE Worksheets

  • Fully analyze/scope subcontractor and vendor bids - verify proper and complete scope items are addressed; establish consistency between bids to allow evaluation of apparent low bidder; coordinate scope with other trade packages

  • Produce conceptual trade estimates; review and analyze historical trade cost information to adjust estimates

  • Assist in documenting assumptions and estimates

  • Evaluate labor estimates for specific projects and/or locations; demonstrate proficiency in material, labor, sub and equipment cost estimates for specialties

  • Assist with assembly of complete, well formatted estimate presentation

  • Organize and file data for historical estimating purposes

  • Visit ongoing projects to capture knowledge in core specialty trade areas

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Provide training, strategic guidance and assistance to other estimating team members

  • Perform peer review of estimates

  • Mentor subordinate estimators in development of quality estimates; advise on progress

  • Assist in the development and actively participate in achievement of long range strategies for estimating functions

Minimal Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in finance, engineering, or business administration

  • Five years industry experience, plus a minimum of 5 years estimating Federal Government projects

  • Candidates must possess great work ethics and ability to work in a team environment. Ability to handle multiple priorities with interruptions and still meet deadlines. Well-developed interpersonal and written communication skills. Self-starter capable of working independently and as a member of a team. Excellent organizational skills vital.

  • Secret or Top Secret security clearance, preferred

  • High proficiency in MS Excel and Internet research

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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