The Ruhlin Company is seeking to hire a Chief Estimator for it's Civil Division. This position is based out of Ruhlin's corporate office in in Sharon Center, Ohio.

Position Summary:  Plans, coordinates, and supervises company estimating program providing technical and administrative direction to insure corporate objectives are met; Manages the bid day process to ensure the lowest possible complete bid to win.  On successful low bids, oversees budget set-up, material purchases, negotiates subcontract agreements. Interface with the IT Department to develop job cost/historical productions for bidding.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Secure profitable work and required backlog
  • Estimates are completed on time, in a professional and competitive manner
  • Estimates are accurate, and consider risk factors and construction methods
  • Identifies upcoming projects to bid that meet the Company’s goals and expertise
  • Positive Company image is made with clients, potential clients, vendors and subcontractors
  • Good working relationships with subcontractors, maintaining ethical standards

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Track construction market within Ohio, Western PA, Northern WV
  • Monitor specific geographical areas for design-build and joint venture opportunities
  • Manages and administers department functions including operating budgets, staffing, work assignments, performance evaluations, etc.
  • Assists Division Manager/GM to determine what types of projects to bid, strategies, techniques, etc.
  • Ensures any special restriction that might affect the job is identified and documented
  • Obtains schedule input on complex/phased projects
  • Reviews all final estimate packages to insure accuracy and completeness, prior to formal quotation; maintains margin in pricing
  • Participates in presentations to clients (if required)
  • Supervises and drives work to be accomplished in department
  • Provides technical assistance in negotiating contracts, change orders, etc. as required
  • Assists in the preparation of studies, materials and methods, recommendations, and cost estimates as required by clients or management
  • Mentors and trains department personnel, and project staff
  • Participates in project hand-off meetings and civil job status meetings
  • Maintains bidding data base and tracks competitor backlog
  • Visits job sites individually and with estimating team
  • Leads mandatory pre-bid project site visits to investigate utilities, safety concerns, and as-is site conditions with the bid team to identify cost impacts
  • Emphasize value engineering, alternate traffic scheme, shorter construction schedule
  • Monitor and assure DBE and EDGE goals are met for each bid
  • Attend OCA specifications committee meetings
  • Engage in business development and marketing activities as needed such as client events and client visits
  • Emphasize value engineering, alternate traffic scheme, shorter construction schedule
  • Track historical cost values
  • Communicates and reinforces the Company vision, values and goals to department staff
  • Performs additional assignments per supervisor’s direction

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • 4 year engineering degree or combinations of technical training and/or related experience
  • Extensive (10 or more years) experience in similar construction estimating and related functions plus thorough knowledge of corporate objectives impacting estimating, estimating strategies and techniques, and construction contracts
  • Advanced math and computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent organizational, supervisory and decision making/problem solving skills

Reporting to this position:  Estimators, Senior Estimators, Projects Coordinator


About The Ruhlin Company

The Ruhlin Company was founded on a corporate philosophy of partnership. For over 100 years we have created cooperative relationships with our clients by listening closely to their needs and successfully translating their visions into reality. Client satisfaction is the bedrock of our reputation, earned through innovative construction technology, experienced leadership and an unswerving commitment to quality. Today Ruhlin enjoys a national reputation as a construction services leader. From bridges to buildings, client success is built in.

Ruhlin offers an array of comprehensive services from General Contracting and Construction Management to Design-Build. Our diverse team of talented project managers and construction experts offers decades of experience providing successful projects that meet or exceed our clients' expectations.

Our experience includes facilities for education, healthcare, parking decks, historical renovation, industrial, governmental and municipal buildings, energy conservation and alternative energy generation, structural erection, heavy civil projects, bridges, dams, highways and transportation infrastructure.

As construction methods evolve, so does The Ruhlin Company. Our in-house professionals are well versed in Sustainable Construction as well as USGBC LEED Design and Construction requirements. Ruhlin currently has several LEED Accredited Professionals (AP) on staff and is committed to accreditation of all of our project staff in the LEED process. We are dedicated to improving our sustainable construction processes while Conserving, Protecting and Constructing Sustainable facilities.

The Ruhlin Company was established over 100 years ago and has become one of Ohio’s most recognized General Contractors, Construction Managers and Design-Builder firms.

The Ruhlin Company offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees which includes: Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), 401k match, Bonus, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability coverage, paid vacation and sick days. 

The Ruhlin Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in Ohio's Drug Free Safety Program

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.