Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

  • Senior Project Cost Estimator

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
    Job ID
    Construction / Project Management
  • About Vanir

    Vanir Construction Management, Inc. has been exceeding client expectations for 35 years. Our progressive growth and quality of service has led Vanir to become consistently ranked among the top construction management firms in the nation by Engineering News-Record. As we continue growing into new areas and markets, our focus is to maintain a team of creative, ambitious, and visionary individuals.

    Job Description

    • Plans, supervises, and participates in the preparation of construction cost estimates of buildings or other structures from drawings, outlines, and specifications
    • Prepares and reviews cost estimates and forms and other materials submitted to secure State and/or federal grants and loans from school aid programs and represents the District on matters pertinent to securing such funds
    • Checks construction cost estimates submitted by commissioned architects and engineers for accuracy and completeness and compares them with District estimates
    • Confers with commissioned architects and engineers to resolve differences in their cost estimates and District estimates for each project and negotiates agreements on preliminary estimates of construction costs
    • Makes studies and prepares reports when contractors' bids vary widely from the agreed construction cost estimate
    • Checks segregations of contract costs as estimated by building contractors and recommends acceptance or rejection as a basis for progress payments
    • Analyzes change orders on construction work under contract and approves or rejects extras or credits submitted
    • Prepares or reviews cost estimates for projects
    • Establishes and maintains procedures for approval of plans and specifications for building projects and submission of approved projects to public bidding
    • Develops methods for maintaining data used in records, charts, and graphs reflecting estimated construction costs compared with actual costs
    • Conducts and participates in seminars and workshops with staff and minority contractors relative to school construction bidding procedures, contracts, and cost estimating
    • Estimates costs of damages to District property caused by fire, natural disaster, and major acts of vandalism
    • Establishes budgets for school building projects
    • Assists other branches with related functions
    • Prepares preliminary and final independent cost estimates of projects for comparison with designer or contractor for PM/CM to establish negotiating position
    • Prepares change order estimates for Owner Authorized Representatives to establish negotiating position
    • Provides support in price negotiations
    • Prepares claim analyses and estimates
    • Reviews contractor’s claims and proposals for merit and accountability
    • Performs related duties as assigned


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Engineering or Construction Management or related filed is required
    • 10 years full time paid professional experience in the preparation of complete cost estimates for type I, II, or III, and V building construction as defined by the State building code, including three years in a supervisory capacity is required
    • Knowledge of current local construction labor and material costs is required
    • Extensive experience in developing and estimating the scope of work for change orders is required
    • Ability to compare the independent cost estimate with contractor proposal to quickly identify differences is required
    • Ability to develop scope of work based on RFI/RFC answers and estimates the detailed costs of those scopes of work independent of the contractor proposal is required

    *If shortlisted for this role, a sample of an independent cost estimate will need to be provided.

    How to Apply

    If you're interested in working for Vanir Construction Management, Inc., please visit our website to learn more and to apply online at


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    Persons with medical limitations may, with reasonable accommodations, be capable of performing the duties of this position. Such a determination must be made on an individual basis considering the person's limitations, the requirements of the position, and the company's ability to make reasonable accommodations to the person's limitations.


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