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Lead Estimator

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Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga
Categories: Management, Project Management

Downer has been designing, building and sustaining New Zealand’s infrastructure for over a century and is a leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.

With over 12,000 employees in New Zealand, we work alongside some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses, councils and government agencies.

Downer New Zealand is a leading diversified service provider across the Infrastructure, Utilities and Services markets. Our commitment to building long term relationships and supporting our customers with high calibre services and solutions; the talents of our people; and consistent excellence in operational delivery sets us apart.  The newly formed Facilities Services and Utilities business now provides industry leading asset management, facilities services and utilities offerings nationally to Downer and Spotless NZ customers. 

We are expanding the FSU estimating team to support our continued growth. The work is a mix of renewal of exiting services contracts, winning new services business and mid-sized capital projects to be delivered by our services contracts. These contracts range from a few million dollars per annum up to over $100M p.a. typically longer than 5 years. The disciplines are equally varied and currently include Fixed and Wireless Communications, Water, Electrical Distribution, Gas, Facilities Maintenance, Catering, and Cleaning.   

We are looking for a leader to bring together our estimating team. You may already be an estimator, or possibly an experienced operational or commercial manager with estimating experience, looking for a new direction.

Ideally you will;

  • Have experience estimating term maintenance and services contracts
  • Be competent to review commercial terms and interpret the impact on the estimate
  • Be financially competent, understand how cost management works, interrogate costs systems, read a P&L, build up a budget and overhead model.
  • Have experience of proprietary estimating tools such as Candy or Benchmark.
  • Understand risk modelling and data analysis.
  • The ability to prepare a first principles cost estimate for any scope of work, beyond your own expertise with subject matter experts and then validate the answer against cost history or external benchmark.
  • Be able to present and defend estimates with the business and approving manager.
  • Have managed multiple or large complex estimates involving multiple estimators, SME’s and support team.
  • Be able to establish and manage pricing frameworks and estimating systems for operational managers to price leveraged works within existing contracts.
  • Have a track record of leading and developing winning teams.

Bring these skills and experience, an attitude to develop your team, win work, get stuff done and we will reward you with extremely competitive remuneration, your own ongoing training and development, and genuine opportunities to enhance your skills and advance your career within our organisation.

Please apply online at and search for Job No 556902.  Please note that while our preference is for an Auckland location we are open to also considering either Hamilton or Tauranga for the right skills.

Successful applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test & medical. 

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