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Kiewit Estimating Manager - Process/Chemical in Lenexa, Kansas

Requisition ID: 172483

Job Level: Senior Level

Home District/Group: Kiewit Industrial & Water Engineering

Department: Estimating

Market: Industrial

Employment Type: Full Time

Position Overview

Kiewit is supporting the development and execution of critical and first-of-a-kind industrial projects by providing adaptable, customized solutions that fit the evolving needs or our clients and market. That's where you come in. To be successful bidding and winning projects, we need Estimating managers in all disciplines who are skilled in reading/understanding contracts from an engineering and construction perspective to lead an estimating team for new Industrial projects. You will be expected to oversee the estimating process for your assigned project, work in a heavily matrixed environment to develop/finalize project estimates from initial concept to completion using design build, EPC and conceptual estimating.

We are looking for individuals with a strong background in Engineering and/or construction with knowledge/experience of process/chemical systems and functions for a facility, interested in taking a a leadership role for Mechanical portions of FEED, EPC and Design/Build projects. Our Industrial business will continue to expand which means opportunities to grow your career learning new industries and technologies. We offer stability, excellent benefits and a strong team culture that focuses on innovation and sustainability. In this role, you will be responsible for cost engineering scopes of work and incorporating solutions from the engineering, procurement, construction and start up services groups to produce an estimate. Core objectives include functional understanding and interpretation of RFP documents or conceptional design application and historical past cost. Additional responsibilities include fostering the development and growth of the estimating staff through mentoring and improved work processes to meet the needs of projects.

District Overview

Our Engineering and estimating team delivers construction-focused engineering services for all phases of development in the infrastructure, industrial, and energy markets and has been recognized by our clients for providing safe, high-quality, and constructible designs that yield certainty of outcome and outstanding value. Our combined staff of more than 2,500 engineers and design professionals have expertise that spans all major engineering disciplines to serve transportation, power, water/wastewater, mining, building, and oil, gas & chemical markets. Backed by 130 Kiewit's full-service consulting and engineering district years of construction experience, our construction-focused engineering delivers on constructability in the earliest phases of projects to ensure safe, on-time, and on-budget projects.


This position is based in our Lenexa, KS office. We do offer relocation assistance.


• Develop complete discipline specific estimates for very large, complex industrial projects for industrial processes. 

• Read/interpret contract requirements and specifications and develop notes for the unique or extraordinary items and capable of addressing technical challenges or inconsistencies during bid preparation.

• Know how to build the project (best practices, sequence, geographical challenges etc.).

• Understand what design deliverables by discipline are required and assure that the delivery schedule is met

• Verify quantities and deliverables meet estimate required.

• Coordinate with design team to influence lowest cost of construction through facilitation of Cross-Discipline Communication

• Train and mentor other estimators.

• Stay current on various trends and developments such as new equipment, means & methods, and procedures developing in the industry or specialized discipline (e.g., mechanical, electrical, etc.). 

• Understand project past cost data for benchmarking to compare to estimates. Will be expected to perform site visits to learn our building methods and processes and past cost generation.

• Communicate with Senior Managers on a regular basis - Communicate critical issues and estimate assumptions up to the Managers as they arise to ensure everyone is on the same page for the reviews to eliminate late changes.

• Schedule and prepare and lead estimate reviews

• Conduct detailed formal reviews of all engineered equipment, subcontract, and permanent material pricing.

• Prepare special studies or reports required by the unusual nature of some bid items or conditions. 


  • BS degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Project Management or related field.

  • 3+ years of experience in estimating, or experience in construction, in a construction leadership role, where you are working with estimating functions that involve chemical processes or similar processes

  • Some leadership experience required, and an interest in growing your career to lead other estimating teams in completing complex estimates for large industrial projects.

  • Design project experience in chemical/process engineering or construction of industrial facilities with chemical processing systems; Experience with Pre-Feed, FEED, D/B or EPC projects

  • If no degree, must have at least 7 years working in Engineering/Construction in Operations, Field Engineering or in Project Management, with a strong understanding of managing a project from design to final construction and knowledge of estimating functions in terms of how to build a project.

  • Experience with estimating software, like Hard Dollar or similar software

Key Competencies:

  • Experience with estimating functions from a design or construction perspective and comfortable presenting estimates to key stakeholders.

  • Strong attention to detail; strong communication, interpersonal skills, with the ability to lead, train, and facilitate a team to complete estimates on time.

  • Strong driver, with emotional intelligence to be able to work accomplished in a matrixed environment

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Work, Outlook, PowerPoint)


Other Requirements:

  • Regular, reliable attendance

  • Work productively and meet deadlines timely

  • Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.

  • Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.

  • Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.

  • May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Company: Kiewit