Lead Estimator

Come and work for an award winning company that has a passion for the future of intelligent and sustainable transportation. We have been a leader for seamless, sustainable, reliable and secure transport solutions for more than 160 years. We put our people at the centre of everything we do. Our employees voted us as one of the best places to work in the UK in the Glassdoor Employee Choice awards 2021.

We are recruiting for a Lead Estimator who will be working closely with all other disciplines throughout the company to ensure that high quality consistent Signalling estimates are produced.  You will work closely with Project Manager & the Bid Manager on larger bids and in parallel be producing smaller estimates and variations to existing contracts.  The job covers the collation and checking of estimates from multidisciplinary teams which are to be prepared in all offices. This role takes guidance from and reports to the Estimating Manager.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible of all their allocated estimates from initial enquiry through negotiations to submission of final offer, including determination of the appropriate structure of the estimate
  • Input of estimate data into the estimating database (RIB or equivalent) and checking this data for consistency, errors, omissions and accuracy
  • Responsible for managing the pricing process; evaluating, assessing and co-ordinating inputs from all other costing disciplines, ensuring high levels of consistency and quality
  • Input and direction into the project plan, and the establishment of the appropriate pricing structure aligning with the company Work Breakdown Structure and Tender Template
  • Challenging estimates in multidisciplinary team review panels
  • Involvement in tender pricing presentations to the board and the client as required
  • Analysing current and historical data to justify costs and pricing accuracy and competitiveness
  • Creation of reports for presentation / reviews


  • Be able to communicate programme and risk related issues to the bid planner (essential)
  • Knowledge of the risk management process, likelihood, probabilities and how to tackle commercial risk and opportunities as well as understanding risk modelling is desirable but not a pre-requisite for the role (essential)
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of products especially Excel and Word (essential)
  • Must be flexible and able to work under own initiative with minimal support (essential)
  • May be expected to work irregular hours depending on the requirements for each bid (essential)
  • Travel will be required between company offices (essential)
  • Experience within engineering teams in a main line or metro project delivery company
  • Knowledge of proprietary estimating systems is a distinct advantage although Training in RIB (Estimating Software) will be provided
  • Appreciation of Railway Safety rules will be an advantage, but training will be provided – I.e. Site based experience, knowledge of Personal Track Safety and the Railway Rule Book would be desirable however some knowledge of Railway Safety systems is a must
  • Willingness to travel to other offices and possible client offices
  • The ability to work alone in a high pressure environment
  • Strong customer focused skills
  • Comfortable with operating as part of the tender and estimating team


  • Hybrid working, with the ability to go into the office and work from
  • On target bonus between 10% – 20% base salary (company performance based)
  • Holidays – 26 days plus bank holidays, this increases to 27 after 5 years of service and 29 after 10 years
  • Holiday incentives to buy/sell up to 5 days a year
  • Pension contributions up to 10%
  • Heavily discounted private medical insurance
  • In an event of death in service, next of kin receives 6x salary
  • Other very exciting benefits

For more information or to apply contact me directly on 02392 322 321 RLeader@strideresourcing.com

To apply for this job email your details to RLeader@strideresourcing.com.