Principal Estimator


Job Title: Principal Estimator
Location: Brentford or Manchester

Airswift are currently recruiting for a Principal Estimator to join their project delivery team in Brentford on a 12month contract basis.
The Principal Estimator will provide a leadership focus within the Project Delivery team. Passionate about the Estimating discipline and increasing quality and exposure of the department, the Principal estimator will be responsible for preparation of Estimates of all classes for world-scale projects


  •  Activity schedule identifying all deliverables and interfaces with other disciplines.
  •  Provide guidance, direction, and specialized assistance for resolution of difficult or complex estimating problems.
  • Coordinate and drive input from engineering, supply chain and construction disciplines to ensure inputs are in line with estimating.
  • Classification procedures using cooperative and proactive problem-solving techniques.
  •  Establish the key parameters associated with the overall quality and accuracy of the estimate.
  •  Prepare the Estimate Plan to include establishment of the estimating methodology and cost estimating principles applicable to the estimate preparation.
  • Provide support in identifying, analyzing, and providing innovative solutions to cost estimating problems.
  •  Oversees and guides the conversion of engineering take-offs to construction BOQs.
  •  Review of contractor pricing including conducting gap analysis against project scope.
  •  Tracking and trending of TIC during execution phase.
  • Compare and analyze scope, quantities and cost data between projects. 
  • In comparison with previous estimates, outcome costs and vendor prices, carry out benchmark estimates through high level norms and industry standards.
  • Prepare Basis of Estimate and compile all estimate documentation required for internal governance and client presentation / submission
  • Support with check estimates, PEER Reviews and forecasting as required.
  • Support estimating department with improvement initiatives, mentoring of junior estimators.


  • Experience in Estimating of Pre-FEED, FEED and EPC projects.
  •  Experience leading large projects.
  •  Degree or Diploma in relevant discipline (Engineering preferred).
  • Ability to comply with, promote and provide leadership in HSE policy and OneWay™ framework.
  •  Advanced user of Microsoft Office Applications, Working knowledge of Estimating Software such as Aspen Capital Cost Estimator (KBase) or Cleopatra Enterprise is an asset.
  •  Motivational and collaborative communication skills.
  •  Control team budget on projects.

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