Senior Estimator

  • Job Reference: R21539
  • Date Posted: 22 March 2024
  • Recruiter: AWE
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  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £60,000 to £70,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: Every 2nd Friday off
  • Sector: Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

We have an AWEsome opportunity for a Senior Estimator to join us at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

This is an exciting time to join us as a Senior Estimator as we begin a once in a generation programme of work in support of the United Kingdom's Continuous at Sea Deterrent.

We are located in the countryside (RG7 4PR) between Reading and Basingstoke with onsite parking. There are good bus links between our site and Basingstoke.

Salary: Competitive / Negotiable (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

As a Senior Estimator you will be a key member of the Cost Estimating and Modelling Team supporting the implementation of P3M Project Controls and enterprise-wide cost estimating

As a Senior Estimator we would like you to have experience of the following:

  • Experience of large projects, programmes, and working within a project controls environment, including stakeholder engagement at all levels
  • Extensive working experience at a senior level
  • Experience working within construction, engineering, or regulated environments (MOD/Defence/Nuclear/Regulated)
  • Good technical review and report writing skills
  • Building great relationships and engaging with people across the organisation
  • Juggling priorities and delivering within demanding timescales
  • Problem solving and reaching conclusions
  • Professional body membership ACostE, APM and/or RICS is highly desirable

A typical day for a Senior Estimator could look like this:

  • Develop estimates through the gated project process to support investment decisions and inform budgets
  • Develop multi-disciplinary cost estimates at all stages of project lifecycle which may include whole life/through life cost estimating associated with operations. Supported by clear and auditable basis of estimate documentation
  • Providing robust cost advice and analysis to support key business decision making and reviews
  • Develop and support key relationships with the Project Manager, Project Controls team, Engineering and other stakeholders as required
  • Providing estimating support to quantitative risk analysis and cost modelling
  • Assist the Head of Estimating where required with peer reviews, mentoring and functional development
  • Provide robust cost advice and analysis to support key business decision making and reviews
  • Support review and assurance
  • Coaching, mentoring and functional development
  • Understand, interpret, and manipulate cost and schedule data
  • Managing interfaces with the Head of Estimating or Principal Estimator

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you.

You can find out more HERE!

To apply: Please log into AWE Careers to submit your CV and a covering letter. Make sure that you highlight all relevant skills and experience for this job. Give us a clear view of what you can bring to the role and also why you want to work with the team here at AWE.

If successful, you must be willing and able to obtain and maintain Developed Vetting Clearance (funded by the AWE) in order to start with us in this role. It can take several months for clearance to come through.

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If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid/ flexible working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

Important things you need to know:

  • Interviews will be scheduled during working hours
  • Interviews will be 90 minutes on TEAMS and will include a 5-to-10-minute presentation
  • All duties must be carried out from a UK location and there is significant requirement for regular onsite attendance here at RG7 4PR.

For more information about the role or the recruitment journey, get in touch with me (Sunflower) at:

(Sorry agencies - all recruitment for this role is being managed by our internal resourcing team here at AWE)