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Senior Estimator

West Village General Contracting

This is a Full-time position in New York, NY posted June 11, 2021.

Job Summary


$100 – $140k plus a discretionary bonus & or profit share/401k, plus 1% of any project we win from any introduction you make.

Why West Village GC? West Village GC is one of the most highly regarded High-End General Contractors in New York City and we believe that building is an exciting and rewarding endeavor. West Village GC is regularly featured in national publications such as the New York Times, TimeOut, Luxe Magazine, Robb Report, KK Magazine and Elle Décor.

We achieve this through constant adherence to our Core Values, processes, discipline and structure, striving to ensure that every experience is impeccable for our clients and highly rewarding for each team member.

We offer a comfortable environment where learning, accountability, teamwork, communication, and attention to detail are highly valued.

We are seeking an estimator that loves to be on top of a project, enjoys the accuracy, organization, documentation, communication, diplomacy, and negotiation involved with bidding a smoothly executed construction project.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Excellent prioritization and organizational skills
  • Strong knowledge of construction practices preferably from field experience
  • A robust list offirst-ratee sub-contractor relationships in New York City
  • Documentation
  • Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
  • Microsoft Excel
  • 5+ years high end construction estimating experience.

If you want to be part of an intimate, supportive and highly functioning team that is not late on projects, with clear lines of communication, a companywide commitment to excellence and a 30% year on year growth rate we are looking for you.

West Village GC is built on our Core Values!

West Village GC?s culture is the foundation of our business and our culture is based on our 5 Core Values. Our Core Values don?t stop at the end of the work day or week. They surround our lives and guide how we conduct ourselves both inside and outside of the business environment.

  • Do It Once

Plan ahead, do it once and get it right. Accuracy is everything.

  • Be Accountable

Own the outcome of your actions, choices, and thinking.

  • Over-Communicate

Speak up! Be candid even when it?s difficult. Communicate in more detail and more

frequently than anyone expects.

  • Always be learning

Be open-minded, encourage new ideas from your team and pursue both personal and professional development. Read!

  • Care

Care about yourself, your team and our clients. Care about every detail.

Our high growth rate reflects a company-wide entrepreneurial attitude, innovative problem solving, organizational excellence, team focus, and processes. We pride ourselves on our culture and a ?team first? mentality and we believe that understanding and maintaining boundaries strengthens the relationships we have with sub-contractors, architectural/design teams and our clients.

West Village GC has a clear mission: to be the most highly regarded construction team in NYC.

If this speaks to you and you would like to become an active participant in a dynamic, rewarding and progressive team; please complete our online application either here or through our website at . We would like to meet you!


Responsibilities and Duties

MISSION: The mission of this role is to produce on time, accurate, detailed, and profitable estimates based on site walkthroughs and architectural plans while building relationships with clients and architects.

Estimating Job Functions:

The success of the company and your team relies on our architectural and design relationships, the respect of our subcontractors and your accuracy and attention to detail.

You are accountable for creating a robust and detailed price for the exact specifications and plans provided by the Architectural/Design team.

Being prepared to pivot and change your thinking and take on new ideas that improve our processes is key to growing with our team


  • You are accountable to break down, file and distribute plans in a clear, logical and trackable manner.
  • Perform all counts and takeoffs for all trades and sub-contractors.
  • Understand interdependencies between trades.
  • Review and compare all vendor responses/bids and update all bidders with new information accordingly.
  • Update the Architectural/Design team ONE TIME to plan and specify inconsistencies.
  • Clearly show allowances and TBD?s and give reasoning behind them to your team and the design team/client. * Understand site conditions: communicate site condition considerations with the Site Super, subcontractors and the design team. Alert the Architectural/Design & Site Super team with any unusual dependencies/long lead items.
  • Create a job timeline to accompany each bid with the Site Supervisor; account for all phases, dependencies, and long lead items.

Sub-Contractors and Suppliers:

  • Our success depends on developing and maintaining an excellent stable of sub-contractors and suppliers.
  • Clearly identify what traits excellent suppliers and subcontractors consistently display.
  • You are accountable for identifying unrealistic pricing and timelines.
  • Build a Bench.
  • We are always looking to build the depth of our subcontracting resources, having two additional ?go to? subs for each trade ?benched? is our standard OP.


  • Prioritize your bids.
  • Understand how long different trades and suppliers take to bid, account for this in your prioritization.
  • Match price, quality and time considerations to align suppliers and sub-contractors to each bid.
  • Get your bids out ON TIME, EVERY TIME, accuracy is everything!


  • Understand what a good deal looks like for us, the client and the sub-contractor/supplier.
  • Read the entire contract from each supplier and sub-contractor. Understand what is not included in a bid and note these exclusions and how you are going to account for these issues.
  • Negotiate with sub-contractors to improve pricing and timeline.
  • Peer review your estimates for accuracy, viability, and timing – be open to change.


  • Understand the exact profitability of each of your projects.
  • Intimate understanding of how West Village GC makes money/loses money.
  • Intimate understanding of how our sub-contractors make money/lose money.


  • You are accountable for handing over won projects to your PM. Expect to attend the first four client site meetings to make a seamless handover to the field.
  • You are accountable for your PM understanding what subs and what pricing you have used and why.

Qualifications and Skills


5+ Years of High-End Residential General Contracting experience in Manhattan

Field Experience preferable but an understanding of how things are built is mandatory


  • Highly organized
  • Detail oriented
  • Problem-solving
  • Strong prioritization skills
  • On time
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Enjoy refining and honing your process
  • Able to understand and analyze drawings
  • Create 100% accurate take-offs and counts
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat and Outlook
  • Excels in team environment
  • Able to leave ego at the door
  • Confidence and diplomacy in managing clients, designers and architects expectations
  • Ability to interact clearly and concisely with Site Super to ensure bid accuracy
  • Ability to work within timelines
  • Deal with unexpected situations calmly and effectively
  • Ability to get along with all kinds of people
  • Demonstrate our Core Values
  • Do it once
  • Be accountable
  • Over-communicate
  • Always be learning
  • Care


401K (first quarter of 2018 will begin)

Medical (negotiable)

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $100,000.00 – $140,000.00 per year


  • Estimating: 5 years (Required)

Start date:

  • Immediately (Preferred)