Estimator (Temporary 4 Months)

Posting Date: 11 October 2017

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, GB, NG15 0ED

Company: Babcock

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As a FTSE 100 business employing over 34,000 highly skilled and committed staff, Babcock is one of the largest and most successful businesses in the UK.

Rail journeys make up 9% of all UK journeys every year. And it’s our Rail business that supports Network Rail and other rail industry customers to provide a safe, reliable and efficient rail network across Great Britain. We are currently the largest plain line track renewals company in the country – and with our partners Alstom and Costain (under the ABC Electrification partnership) we are one of the largest electrification companies too. As a graduate you could play an important part in the work that we do.

OVERALL PURPOSE

To ensure that all tenders are properly evaluated resourced, co-ordinated, prepared and submitted to time and quality. To assist the bid manager in ensuring that the Tenders and Estimating procedures are managed and adhered to and to produce and coordinate tender submissions from Client documents and Invitations to Tender. To ensure that tenders are properly resourced and priced to provide the optimum opportunity to win the work being tendered at the correct price.

 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES OR MAIN TASKS

  1. Assist in the effective application of the “bidding best practice” tendering process within a “bid to win” environment.
  2. Review, distil and clearly articulate the proposal scope, contractual and technical requirements. Communicate these clearly across the relevant stakeholders within the division.
  3. Establish and maintain effective communication links with all divisional functions that are critical to bid success, with regard to cost assurance.  With a focus on the interpretation and clarification of scope and constraint planning / management.
  4. Manage the production of subcontractor / supplier tender specific RFQ documentation, allowing effective transition of risk through the supply chain.
  5. Create the tender estimate, ensuring key stakeholders are challenged and that the tender price/rates is/are benchmarked and productivity rates are tested.
  6. Manage the tender risk register, taking an active part in the understanding and management of risk throughout the opportunity lifecycle, including the transition and passing of risk to correct owners within the business.
  7. Setup and manage a Green Review on each bid, inviting various stakeholders to challenge the tender commercials prior to a Gate 4.
  8. Personal relationships with the client are professional and foster repeat business. Feedback from customers is generated and acted upon with Senior Management kept informed.
  9. Assist the bid manager to prepare the bid programme with key estimate deadlines and production of commercial slides for Gate Reviews.
  10. Be prepared to run a small bid, taking on the responsibilities of the Bid Manager by planning and co-ordinating the team to produce the required technical submission documents. This may include preparing and presenting bids at Governance reviews.
  11. Assist in negotiations with the client.
  12. Assist the Bid Manager/Commercial Manager in the formal tender handover for successful tender awards, to ensure that the operating Divisions are fully conversant with the requirements of the contract and identifying key areas of risk and opportunity that exist within the tender.
  13. Identify areas where improvements in tender win rate ratio can be achieved.
  14. Maintain and control documentation, information and computerised systems including implementing new technology relating to estimating procedures when required.
  15. In accordance with our certification to the standards OHSAS 18001, ISO9001 and ISO 14001 each employee will comply with and contribute to the effective implementation of the current Babcock International Group:
  • Health and Safety policy
  • Quality Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  1. To work within established Company policies and procedures.
  2. Promote company values and standards and exhibit appropriate behaviour in accordance with Company ethos.
  3. Use talent and ability to encourage achievement and continuous improvement.
  4. To demonstrate safety, integrity & commitment at all times.
  5. Maintain excellent levels of communication throughout the team and the wider business.
  6. To carry out any other duties as and when necessary to meet the varying demands of the business and satisfy customer needs.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

 

Essential

  • Able to demonstrate mathematical competence and confidence with complex theory and formulae
  • Competent in standard Microsoft Applications
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills
  • Confident in written, verbal and face to face communications both internally and externally
  • Basic Engineering/Building technology and terminology
  • Able to read and understand engineering specifications and/or drawings
  • An understanding of contractual terms and risk, and standard mitigations.
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to build effective relationships with key stakeholders
  • Experience in an estimating role or similar commercial based activity
  • Maths and English GCSE or equivalent
  • Ability to work to under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Flexible in terms of working hours and workloads

 

Desirable

  • Ability to give importance to particular thoughts and be value driven towards a “bid to win” culture
  • Ability to explore ways of improving current bid / tendering practices
  • Understanding of mobile telecoms infrastructure
  • Understanding of standard forms of contract (e.g. NEC3, ICE, FIDIC etc.)
  • HNC in engineering or equivalent qualification

 

1.  Qualifications

 

Essential:

  • Engineering, Quantity Surveying or Relevant Project or Management Experience.
  • Computer Literate

Ideal:                    

  • 5 years post qualification experience of working in multi-disciplined projects or commercial management with the motivation to continuing their professional development. 0-2yrs Estimating experience.
  • Effective communicator with all levels of staff.

 

2.  Business and Personal Competencies

 

Business Focus

  • Is strongly focused on analysing, developing and implementing best practice in order to provide effective support to the estimating team and the strategic development of the business as a whole.
  • Understands how the Company works and its objectives.  Has detailed knowledge of strategies, practices and systems within own area of expertise and understands the cross-functional interaction within the business.

 

Planning and Organising

  • analyses and assesses information.
  • generates decisions and possible solutions.
  • takes into account impact of possible action within the company.
  • Able to balance priorities and schedule resources.  

 

Change Leadership

  • Shares views of others, listens well, acts on instructions.
  • Can communicate new and imaginative ideas, identify fresh approaches, breaks away from tradition.
  • Project focused.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Personal Drive
  • Personally committed to the success of the Company.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Adopts thoughtful, determined approach in pursuit of goals.
  • Desire to develop and increase professional development.
  • Competent, flexible and enthusiastic.
  • Ability to act with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work to tight timescales/deadlines in order to meet tender targets.
  • Ability to adapt and accept whatever tasks are required to meet the estimating and company objectives.
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