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Apply Now angle-right Job no: 585014
Work type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Auckland
Categories: Construction

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 10,000 employees in New Zealand, we work alongside some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses, councils and government agencies.

Downer New Zealand is a leading provider of Infrastructure and Utility services across Aotearoa.  We work collaboratively with our customers to support their infrastructure and services needs as they tackle ageing assets, regulatory reform, climate change, new technologies and changing consumer behaviours.  Our business works across multiple industry sectors, including Telecommunications, Water, Automation, Power and Gas, with contracts ranging from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Our preferred candidate would have a strong background in Civil Estimating within Infrastructure and Utilities sectors with proven commercial and operational experience in a projects environment.  This is a “doing” role and experience with proprietary estimating software packages is a must.

About the Role:

The new role will report to the Lead Estimator and work within a highly competent team of estimators who bring a range of experience and expertise across the above sectors. You will be responsible for developing accurate estimates for a variety of bids, across a range of disciplines, with a focus on term maintenance contracts, project work and comprehensive asset management.

Your main focus as an Estimator is to prepare accurate tenders and quotations, ensuring their competitiveness within the marketplace whilst safeguarding the company’s profitability.  This will include all aspects of bid pricing including analysis of tender documentation, determination of current market rates for trades and services, asset assessment, identification of subcontractor requirements and full bottom up pricing.

You will work with the wider estimating team to achieve the above outcomes and ensure compliance with Downer Governance processes and procedures. This will include liaising with internal financial analysts, Business Development and Operational staff to ensure bids are priced in accordance with current operating procedures, market conditions and comply with approval gates, as set by the overarching bid governance.

Upon award of a contract, the Estimator will work closely with Business Development and Operational staff to ensure that all pertinent information relating to the bid is transferred in a professional and timely manner.

About you:

To be successful in this challenging and exciting role you will ideally have the following skills and attributes:

  • Strong industry experience in Infrastructure and Utilities with a good understanding of asset components
  • Experience with an industry proprietary estimating packages (e.g. CANDY, CostX, Benchmark)
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Strong commercial / numerical and analytical ability with a diligent eye for detail
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the use of “First Principles of Estimating‟ essential (bottom up approach)
  • High level negotiation and analytical skills
  • Sound working knowledge of Project Management principles
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and prioritise (time management)
  • Experience in a structured tendering environment

What we offer:

This is an outstanding opportunity to join an established team of estimators working on a wide range of bids. The work environment is collaborative, diverse and inclusive sharing the knowledge/experiences of a great team. We offer a competitive remuneration package, flexible working arrangements, with a focus on people training and development, so this gives excellent opportunities to enhance your skills and advance your career.  

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, head to and enter reference number 585014 to apply.    

Downer NZ is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture.

Our workplaces are drug and alcohol free - all successful applicants will be required to undertake a Pre-Employment drug test and medical. 

Due to the fast-paced nature of Downer, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change, so don't delay and make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Please note we have an in-house recruitment team that manage all our vacancies. No candidates presented through an agency will be considered for any of our roles advertised, unless previously arranged. We would strongly encourage all candidates interested in these roles, to apply directly online through the portal provided otherwise your application will not be considered.

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