Senior Estimator


Location: Auckland, Canterbury, Wellington

Job Type: Full time


  • Work for a Tier 1 contractor – bid on high profile jobs
  • Be a part of a team redesigning New Zealand’s future infrastructure
  • Flexible location, competitive salary & corporate benefits

About the opportunity:

The Downer Utilities – New Business & Commercial team has three opportunities for experienced Senior Estimator’s to join their team based in Auckland (locations flexible). These roles will report into our Lead Estimator, joining a direct team of six estimators.

With a strong civil infrastructure opportunity pipeline in sectors such as Telecommunications, Water & Energy, our business is well positioned to continue on this growth trajectory. The successful applicant will be expected to add value to an experienced team with estimating expertise across a range of integrated multidisciplinary construction projects with a value ranging from $10m – $300m+. Our team is predominately estimating for project construction, and long-term operational maintenance contracts also.

Key responsibilities will include liaison with senior management on bid strategy, tender preparation and accurate estimating, client engagement, negotiation and handover, and management of subcontractors and supplier pricing.

Ad-hoc travel may be required for site visits.

About you:

Ideally, you will be an estimator with a minimum of 5 years' experience involved in projects and term maintenance contracts.

We want to hear from you if you have the following attributes:

  • Proven experience in the pricing process within a major contracting environment on infrastructure projects of $10m + value
  • Broad experience across water, energy, renewables & telecommunications sector experience would be advantageous.
  • A high degree of computer literacy including use of estimating software (preferably Candy / CostX or Expert) including advanced MS Excel skills
  • High level of written and verbal communications skills
  • A formal tertiary qualification in Engineering, Quantity Surveying or a well-developed trade background

Perks & Benefits

Match your loyalty, excitement and passion for high quality service with ours and we will reward you with a competitive remuneration, extensive training and development to help you to enhance your skills, advance your career along with great employee benefits too!

  • Leadership Pathway Development Programs
  • Dedicated Learning and Development team
  • We will reward you with a competitive remuneration package, flexible working arrangements
  • A heavily subsidised membership to our Community Trust Partner that enables you and your family access to healthcare benefits, discounted access to over 150 holiday homes in great locations across New Zealand.
  • Special rates and discounts through our partners across Healthcare, Gyms, Banking and Insurance
  • Working for an organisation that not only works on building better stronger communities but within those communities; where we offer training and meaningful work, through our Corporate Social Outcomes team

Please note:

  • If this sounds like the opportunity for you, head to and enter reference number 594982 to apply.
  • Downer NZ is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Our workplaces are drug and alcohol free - all successful applicants will be required to undertake a Pre-Employment drug test and medical.
  • Due to the fast-paced nature of Downer, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change, so don't delay and make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Please note we have an in-house recruitment team that manage all our vacancies. No candidates presented through an agency will be considered for any of our roles advertised, unless previously arranged. We would strongly encourage all candidates interested in these roles, to apply directly online through the portal provided otherwise your application will not be considered.

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