Lead Estimator

It all started in 1997 when Joe Leonello and his father started their own construction firm. They were soon joined by Joe’s brother, Frank, in 2003 and, thus, the Franjo legacy was born. Since its inception, we strive to exceed our client expectations by consistently improving our products and services. We are always on the lookout for the top talent in the industry as we consider our employees one of our greatest assets. We truly celebrate our employee milestones and successes in our industry because without our employees, we would not be where we are today! We have been voted Top Workplace by our employees for 3 years in a row and have also been featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of Pittsburgh’s Fastest Growing Companies, Largest Area Construction Contractors, and Family Business Awards winners! 

Our Mission 

Safety, Respect, Accountability, Efficiency, Empowerment, Creativity, Loyalty… We feel strongly about every one of those, but we also feel they are the minimum every company should abide by. So, what makes us different? How do Franjo team members operate? Well, we speak to each other with radical candor. We work hard so we can play hard. We have each other’s backs. We are committed to building a legacy – the Franjo Legacy. 

Our Mission: Uniting our team and customer to build the future. 

Our Vision: Exceeding expectations. Building trust. Creating value. 

Our Values: 

Persistence - Never give up 

Ambition – Driven to achieve the unimaginable. 

Confidence – Humble enough to learn from experience. 

Does that align with your ideals and core values? Well, great news! We are looking to add a Lead Estimator to our growing team! 

Job Description

You will coordinate the preparation of budget estimates based on site visits/conceptual information and hard bid estimates. Also, you will focus on the development of bid strategies and general trade estimates. You’ll also provide support services as required by the management department during the preconstruction and construction phases. You will review the pricing and scope sheets prepared by the subcontractor trades and be responsible for the estimate from start to finish. 

What you’ll do: 

  • Understand and interpret with accuracy, project blueprints and conceptual drawings, bidding specifications, scope descriptions, contracts, and related documents. 
  • Prepare estimates, proposals, accompanying cost information and schedules. 
  • Operate a computerized bidding system with precision and speed. 
  • Address bid requests, estimates and proposals in a prompt, professional and courteous manner. 
  • Review subcontractor lists and monitors progress of bid solicitation including ensuring adequate subcontractor coverage on bid day. 
  • Attend Project Turn-over meetings and provide the project teams with all background information for a successful completion. 
  • Evaluate bids from vendors and subcontractors for completeness 
  • Responsible to order drawings from Estimating Coordinator to estimate divisions as designated by Chief Estimator or Senior Estimator. 
  • Attend Pre-Bid meetings as needed. 
  • Provide timely and cordial interaction with supporting work groups, such as Accounting, Operations, Human Resources, etc. 
  • Conduct site visits to potential job sites for investigation and prepare initial conceptual budgets based upon findings. 
  • Other tasks as necessary or assigned. 

What you’ll need to be familiar with: 

  • Commercial Project Estimating o Restaurants 
  • Office Spaces 
  • Ground Up Buildings 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Multi-Unit Housing 
  • Results Driven. 
  • Problem Solving/Cost Analysis 
  • Communication and Time Management Skills

Job Requirements

Your success story: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture, or Construction Management preferred or relevant experience in lieu of education. 
  • Minimum of two-five years of related experience in Estimating Construction Projects. 
  • Computer Skills; proficient in MS office including Word, Excel, and Outlook, required. 
  • Experience with bidding and operational software such as, Timberline and Planswift Software are strongly preferred. 


Salary Range: $65,000 - $80,000 (based on experience)

Mainly in office – no company car/car allowance. There are site visits, so mileage will be expensed.

Eligible for our profit-sharing plan after first year of employment.

Eligible for end of year performance/discretionary bonus, based on company profitability of company and individual performance.

What we offer you in return: 

Competitive salary and benefits package which includes, medical, dental, and vision, 401(k), employee wellness, supplemental insurance, paid time off, education and training, lunch and learns, team building outings and activities, holiday parties, and so much more! 

What are you waiting for? 

Apply today! 

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