01Walters / Careers

Senior Estimator / Estimator (South Wales / South West)

Role - Permanent

Walters are seeking to recruit an experienced Senior Estimator / Estimator to join our successful operations in South Wales and the South West. Working out of either the Hirwaun or Avonmouth office, the appointed candidate will join a highly professional work winning team in the preparation of tenders for a wide portfolio of civil engineering projects including highways, energy, development infrastructure and earthworks schemes with values in the range £1m – £60m.

Walters are a market leading civil engineering contractor organisation employing over 500 people. We specialise in the self-delivery of high-quality civil engineering projects for a range of public and private clients. We are seeking dynamic and driven individuals who want to join our business and be part of our success. The successful applicants should be highly motivated, flexible and practical with excellent communication and presentation skills and a strong track record of ‘work winning’ within the civil engineering industry. Experience of the complete ‘work winning’ process from receipt of tender documents through to tender submission by the due date – including bid writing and/or bid management – is desirable.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with clients, designers, subcontractors and suppliers
  • Receive, review and disseminate tender documentation
  • Maintain a high level of communication and liaison with the wider bid team to help develop bid strategy
  • Assist with the preparation of sub-contract and material enquiries and manage the receipt of quotations in a timely manner to achieve competitive market rates
  • Where required produce accurate take-offs using appropriate software. If outsourced externally, coordinate information issue and ensure take off completed to the required standard and accuracy
  • Price bills/schedules analytically from first principles and produce quote comparisons using estimating software. Identify risks and opportunities and assess the potential impact on the project together with any necessary qualifications
  • Attend workshops and meetings on behalf of the Company
  • Maintain up-to-date market knowledge of labour, plant, materials and sub-contractors
  • Liaise with Subcontractors, Pre-Construction and Delivery teams to assess programme requirements
  • Work effectively with other members of the estimating department and wider business in order to achieve the most effective and competitive solutions including alternative designs
  • Present estimate for review and final settlement by the due date
  • On secured projects prepare and deliver tender information for handover to the contract team

Pre-requisite qualifications and capabilities

  • A pride in your work and a keen interest in the company’s resulting performance.
  • Commitment and drive to enhance the performance of the business
  • A strong track record of success preparing civil engineering and highways infrastructure tenders
  • An excellent working knowledge of the main standard forms of construction contract/subcontract – particularly NEC3/4
  • Excellent interpersonal, communicative, listening, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to use own initiative as well as working effectively as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written skills including presentations and the ability to negotiate with Employers/Clients, external stakeholders, and supply chain partners
  • Effective time management skills with the ability to prioritise
  • Engaging as a key member of the tender team by combining to create solutions
  • Resilience when working to fixed deadlines
  • Computer literate with excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • A Degree in Civil Engineering would be welcomed but not essential
  • Be MICE qualified, or demonstrate a commitment to work towards chartership
  • Full driving licence

Other Qualities and Experience:

  • Ideally, at least 10 years’ experience in the production of civil engineering tenders with an excellent technical construction knowledge
  • Experience in the use of MS Project to develop, read and interpret project programmes and critical paths
  • The ability to contribute effectively with bid writing and bid management
  • Experience in the preparation of large earthworks tenders


  • A competitive salary
  • Company car or car allowance
  • Company contributing pension scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • 27 days annual leave
  • Annual professional institution subscription
  • Annual company performance bonus scheme


On application

02Senior Estimator/Estimator (South Wales/South West)

Senior Estimator/Estimator (South Wales/South West)