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Bid Estimator

Glasgow, UK

Job Type

Full Time

About the Company

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Bid Estimator to join a leading energy business, that builds its success based on the dedication and commitment of its team.

Integrity, quality, and a can-do attitude are a number of values that play a significant part in their continual growth. With this business you can be part of a community that fosters entrepreneurial spirit and supports you in your personal development.

About the Role

Reporting directly to the Substations Bid Manager, the overall purpose of the role is to prepare detailed bid and tender submissions of a high value (£0.2m - £20m). This role can either be based in Glasgow or Perth.

. Responsible for the complete project pricing and tender preparation for turnkey (design, procure, install and commission) construction of new and refurbishment of existing electricity substations. Travel will be required throughout the UK as required.

.The post holder will work closely with our Substation Project Managers to agree required project manpower resource and with our Procurement Manager in respect of prices for required materials.

. Interpret customer documentation to formulate the required deliverables and target pricing for the tender, through to collation of supplier quotations and internal governance approval.

. Carefully inspect tender documentation. Analyse exact requirements and identify areas that may have implications via Risk Analysis.

. Provide detailed Bill of Quantities (BoQ) using the Estimating Software Package.

. Clearly identify items to have Request for Quotations (RFQ’s) sent out, together with specification prelim elements and appropriate drawings. Monitor enquiry process and dates for quotation returns.

. Oversee or complete the RFQ analysis comparison and make selection for inclusion in the priced tender.

. Contact appropriate person(s) to arrange site inspection. Visit site and make all necessary record notes and take appropriate photographs. Assimilate information and take account of within the tender pricing.

. Using standard prelim forms, build-up allowances for each project. Discuss construction sequence of project with Business Unit Managers & Project Managers to enable a proposed construction period to be determined.

. Prepare tender build-ups and arrange a meeting with the relevant Business Unit Managers to adjudicate the price prior to tender submission.

. Carry out adjustments to the tender based on the discussions in the meeting and complete tender documentation for submission by the due date.

. Conduct Handovers to the Project Delivery Team including an explanation of the project and submission of handover documentation.

. Attend Pre-Tender Meetings to discuss the client’s requirements and arrange for feedback to be portrayed within the Business via the appropriate Managers.

. Attend Post-Tender Meetings with the Client team to carry out detailed presentations of offer and value engineering exercises.


  • 1-3 years minimum experience in an Estimator role along with some electrical industry experience (preferably across High Voltage projects or tenders in the Transmission and Distribution sectors).  

  • Ability to understand supplier quotations, terms and pricing. Demonstrable practical experience of using Microsoft Excel to price projects and output to customer pricing schedules.  

  • Experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders on a day to day basis and, be able to present confidently to senior levels of management.   

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills combined with attention to detail, analytical and problem solving skills, to reach realistic workable solutions and be able to work to tight deadlines.   

  • Excellent reasoning and analytical abilities to evaluate multiple stakeholder inputs and create industry leading customer documents for tender submissions. Ability to work with and manage a multi-departmental team of personnel across the company's Business Units as required.    

  • Understanding of commercial terms and conditions and the impact they would have upon project delivery. Demonstrable experience in negotiation of terms and conditions (especially to NEC3/4) would be advantageous.  

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