Senior Civil Estimator

Pre ConstructionFull TimeNorth Vancouver, BC

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Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd (Vanpile), a multi-discipline construction company, is one of the largest marine general contractors in Canada. Since 1913, our employees have built many of the major marine facilities along the coastline and inland waters of British Columbia. Vanpile is a local family owned and operated company. Read more about us at

As an integral member of our estimating team, you will contribute to the growth of new markets and continued development of innovative construction techniques to maintain our competitive advantage as a major player in the marine construction industry.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successfully utilizing traditional and innovative methods in preparing estimates and taking ownership while delivering the estimate of multiple bid tenders at a time.


  • Confidently lead a team through the completion of the bid process under pressure
  • Analyze and identify both the inherent risk and opportunities that the tender presents
  • Prepare the estimate risk analysis and make contingency recommendations
  • Assemble accurate, timely and well-organized estimates, including hard-bid, construction management and design-build
  • Organize sub-contractor quotes when the bid is successful, re-writing binders and assisting the buy-out process
  • Direct the work of junior staff that assists with the estimating process (e.g. obtaining prices, doing quantity takeoffs, etc.)
  • Monitor the success of a project, noting potential challenges and building relationships with sub-contractors for future opportunities
  • Prepare estimates for contemplated change orders or claims for ongoing projects.
  • Maintain databases, including labour rates, material pricing and project costs, for future reference
  • Mentor and train junior estimating staff
  • Strong commitment to Health, Safety & Environment

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in preparing estimates and lump sum tenders at a senior level with a marine or civil contractor
  • B.Sc, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or similar
  • Marine construction experience is an asset
  • Use of computer software: Excel, HeavyBid, AutoCAD & MS Project
  • Strong English communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Proven background in successful project awards on bids that have been successfully delivered across the heavy civil market
  • Knowledge and understanding of union agreements and prevailing wage issues


  • Proven skills in quantity takeoffs and construction cost estimating techniques
  • Previous experience in leading, developing and mentoring other team members and junior estimators
  • Initiative and sound judgment
  • A collaborative, proactive, and results oriented approach
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking/problem solving skills
  • Sound prioritization/time-management skills

In Return For Your Outstanding Expertise, Vanpile Offers:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Bonus eligible
  • Company paid RRSP
  • Professional development
  • 14 statutory holidays (per calendar year)
  • Competitive benefits program
  • The ability to grow with a family owned and operated company

“We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Vancouver Pile Driving is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd. does not accept and is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited résumés from agencies. Agencies should not submit resumes in response to this posting, to Vanpile employees or any associated company location.