Job opportunity – Trainee Estimator

Job Title: Trainee Estimator
Department: Repairs & Products
Place of Work: Telford, Shropshire
Accountable to: Estimating Manager

The Organisation
Present for more than 75 years in the UK, Freyssinet Ltd has been at the forefront of providing specialised civil engineering technology, consultancy and installation for projects large and small.

As a subsidiary of the Freyssinet company headquartered in France, Freyssinet Ltd forms part of the Soletanche Freyssinet Group, a name that is respected worldwide for delivering innovative solutions and pushing the envelope of civil and structural engineering achievement. In 2007 Freyssinet Group adopted the ‘Sustainable Technology’ tagline. Our products and services offer are geared toward making structures more durable and making more efficient use of material, setting us apart from conventional solutions.

Originally a specialist in bridge components and post-tensioning, Freyssinet Ltd has successfully expanded its portfolio of products and services to offer an unrivalled range of skills and integrated technical solutions for new structures and the repairs and maintenance of highways, buildings, railways, water, commercial and industrial structures.

Freyssinet Ltd value-added solutions are supported by subsidiary companies; Corrosion Control Services Ltd (CCSL) – a specialist consultancy in diagnosis of corrosion-related deterioration, Aquaforce Concrete Services Ltd, a dedicated hydro demolition and spray concrete team and Foreva Concrete Repairs Ltd, experts in repair and maintenance operations.

The Opportunity – Trainee Estimator
This is an opportunity to join a highly collaborative, team-based environment where you will receive on the job training, mentoring from very experienced colleagues, appropriate external training and fully funded support to achieve a relevant degree qualification on a day-release basis.

Job Purpose / Summary
Supporting your experienced colleagues and developing your own experience, knowledge and competence in the provision of cost estimates for materials and manpower, contract management, project scheduling, vendor management and procurement for projects ranging from £5k to £3 million.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist in on-site surveys and report writing
• Helping to identify unique and innovative cost solutions in conjunction with the Design and Delivery Teams
• Helping to develop sales opportunities with prospective and existing customers
• Maintaining relationships and uncovering sales opportunities with existing customers
• Assisting in generating technical proposals
• Reviewing / researching historical data and compiling summary reports to assist in developing guidelines and precedents for future estimates
• Preparing take offs from drawings and direct site measurements
• Reading and understanding the common forms of construction contract in use today
• Reading and interpreting technical drawings and specifications
• Working with the project management team in establishing a bidders list, soliciting and evaluating subcontractor proposals and scopes of work
• Preparing quantity surveys and reviewing project plans and specifications for constructability and value engineering
• Reading and interpreting technical drawings and specifications

Knowledge & Experience
• Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Word
• Analytical, mathematical & computer skills, with critical thinking ability
• Sufficient Mathematics and English GCSEs, with Mathematics at a minimum of Grade C and higher learning grades for acceptance onto a Degree course in Quantity Surveying or other related Degree
• Excellent communication skills
• To be prepared to travel around the UK to various sites with colleagues and independently as your experience develops
• A full, clean UK driving license, or working towards

Skills & Attributes

Communicating & InfluencingExcellent communication skills, with the ability to develop tenacity and work proactively: developing positive relationships with all stakeholders including internal colleagues, clients and supply chain
Commercial AwarenessAn acumen for grasping the importance of how dynamic and effective pricing of projects win business, whilst achieving targeted profit margins
Planning & OrganisingExcellent organisational skills and time-management ability; able to deliver quality work in a timely manner

• Through on the job learning, peer mentoring, internal/external courses and working towards achievement of Degree
• Keep up to date with industry sector and product developments, both externally and across the Freyssinet Group
• External and Internal Networking

£competitive plus annual bonus; private healthcare; income protection insurance; life assurance; company pension; company share scheme.

Please email your CV and a covering letter to with the subject title ‘Trainee Estimator‘.

Freyssinet is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Find out more about Freyssinet here.

Trainee Estimator