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Parsons Corporation Chief Estimator - Rail and Transit in Newark, New Jersey

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Job Description:

Parsons is looking for a Chief Estimator in the NY/NJ area with rail and transit experience! This is a great opportunity to work with a World-Class Team on a multi-billion dollar project in NY/NJ.


A technology-driven national security and global infrastructure solutions provider


Provide fast, scalable, disruptive solutions to our customers’ most pressing challenges


Use our unique expertise to layer and integrate solutions that represent the state of the art


To transform tomorrow for the better


  • Organizing and managing the execution of the cost estimate deliverable process.

  • Develops, manages, and/or executes all estimating activities for one or more of the large, most complex and demanding projects.

  • This level of Estimator draws upon extensive experience and exposure to various types of projects and clients.

  • Estimating activities including, but not limited to, assigning estimate team leaders specific scope task in accordance with their best qualified skills and capabilities, utilizing performance measurement techniques to determine levels of deliverable performance, utilizing company estimating software and tools, writing estimate processes and procedures, estimate narratives, leading estimate project teams, and evaluating and conducting performance reviews for assigned staff. He/she is viewed as a fully qualified professional with solid experience and strong management expertise.


  • Acts as the team leader for all estimating task and staff assigned to a contract(s).

  • Ensures that all estimate team members are tasked correctly according to their skill specialty and strongest area of expertise, that all team members apply company estimating practices, techniques, processes and procedures, and apply company policies and assigned project/program practices and procedures.

  • Responsible for leading Principal Estimators, Senior Estimators, Estimators, and Associate Estimators.

  • The Chief Estimator is the estimating team member’s assignment manager and may be staff member’s functional manager.

  • Ensures that the tasked estimating deliverables meet quality control and quality assurance procedures, best in class estimates for projects and programs assigned.

  • Provides management, guidance, and direction, to all estimate team staff assigned to the project/program.

  • Works directly with project/program management in the management of all project/program estimating staff, manages all estimate deliverables, interviews and approves all project/program estimating staff, establishes minimal estimating staff requirements, presents all estimate deliverables to project/program management and Client staff on behalf of the project/program.

  • Leads all project/program estimate scope requirements and is completely responsible for all project/program estimated probable costs for contracted services.

  • Utilizes knowledge in resources skill sets and durations required to prepare and deliver tasked assignments, and responsible to deliver all estimating products in a timely manner.

  • Oversees, organizes, and manages training and guidance to Principal Estimators, Senior Estimators and Estimators in the preparation, and production of cost estimates using the required company and/or project/program software, estimating tools and equipment.

  • Acts as principal interface with the project/program Engineering Department or other resources.

  • Oversees the preparation and delivery of all estimating products, and manages all estimating staff.

  • Reviews contractual documents and contract modifications to determine reasonableness of estimated probable cost and verifies that all risk and contingencies have been appropriately applied.

  • Quantifies the impacts to contract cost as a matter of contractual commercial terms and conditions of a contract.

  • Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Construction Management or related field (or equivalent work experience) is required and typically 12+ years of related work experience, as well as some experience in a leadership capacity. Advanced degree in management or related field is preferred.

  • Previous experience using estimating database supported software.


  • Ability to manage an estimating team that would be required to perform difficult and complex estimating task deliverables typical to the engineering and construction industry projects and programs is required.

  • In addition, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a thorough knowledge of company and project procedures and practices, and a familiarity with typical project controls software such as Primavera scheduling software, Estimate/Schedule Transfer tools, Contract Manager, and DMCS (Document and Materials Control System) is required.

  • Must have a clear understanding of, and ability to work with, construction contract commercial documents, drawings and specifications.

  • Must have the ability to administer resource directives and evaluate estimating staff.

  • Must have the ability to develop strong team participation.

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

This position is part of our Critical Infrastructure team.

For more than 75 years, our experts have designed and delivered the critical infrastructure that connects and protects communities around the world. We work in diverse, collaborative teams, both within the company and with our partners and customers, to plan, design, build, and modernize infrastructure. We take special pride in projects and solutions that improve communities as well as people’s quality of life by promoting economic growth, enhancing mobility, and increasing sustainability and resiliency. Powered by our people, we provide the imagination necessary to support our customers’ visions—and to help them see new possibilities.

Salary Range:

$60.87 - $109.57

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our company’s core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled, protected veteran and LGBTQ+.

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Parsons is a digitally enabled solutions provider focused on the defense, security, and infrastructure markets. With nearly 75 years of experience, Parsons is uniquely qualified to deliver cyber/converged security, technology-based intellectual property, and other innovative services to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide.

Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran/LGBTQ+.

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