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Cost Estimator


Location: Remote - AU/NZ only

Job Type: Full time


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  • Flexible & dynamic working environment
  • Award winning organization
  • Based in Ultimo
  • Access to corporate discounts | EAP | Fitness Passport

The Opportunity

The Cost Estimator undertakes work to:

  • Prepare capital and operating cost estimates for both substation and transmission line projects.
  • Utilise the cost estimation databases and tool to develop accurate project estimates, including analysis of project data to provide relevant benchmarking.
  • Attend and take an active role in risk and opportunity assessment workshops and develop project contingency as an outcome of this.
  • Compile the above information into a basis of estimates document in accordance with cost estimation procedures.
  • Provide estimating leadership, supervision and support to other team members.
  • Support the maintenance of estimating systems, databases, risk processes and tools to ensure the accuracy of project estimates.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Cost Estimator you will be responsible to:

  • Develop estimate and provide advice to project developers on cost effective project solutions in accordance with the Project Development Framework.
  • Possess high-level understanding of estimating and estimating processes.
  • Contract Management of external consultants and contractors.
  • Review estimates produced by other team members.
  • Manage, in conjunction with ICT and the software support team, the interface from the Transgrid Estimation Database (TED) to other Transgrid corporate systems (e.g.: Ellipse).
  • Consult with and inform relevant stakeholders during the pre-delivery phase of projects and during database/risk reviews.
  • Train users in the use of estimating database and risk processes.
  • Prepare and review capital cost estimates to allow:
    • Project approvals, project implementation and project delivery to commence.
    • Determination of cost competitive pricing point for non-regulated/contestable projects.
  • Ensure all work is carried out in compliance with relevant legislation, Transgrid policies and procedures and local Safety and Environmental Plans.

Skills & Experience

  • Tertiary qualification at degree level in an engineering discipline, construction management, quantity surveying or related field.
  • Several years’ experience in the management and/or use of estimating systems for major capital works.
  • Very high standard of interpersonal, communication and report writing skills, personal integrity and professionalism.
  • High level problem-solving and analytical skills, including the assessment and costing of complex projects.
  • A strong focus on detail and accuracy, balanced with the ability to work quickly, under pressure and to deadlines.
  • A strong commercial focus to costing of projects.
  • Quickly grasping new concepts, particularly across disciplines, and understand their implications to existing systems.
  • Experience in Corporate IT applications and ideally:
    • Estimating or similar databases.
    • Risk evaluation software.
    • Microsoft suite of automation tools (MS Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word).


  • Relevant legislation, Australian Standards, Transgrid Policies and Procedures, regulatory frameworks and Government policy guidelines, which govern the implementation and cost of transmission line and substation projects.
  • Investigation, design, scoping, costing or project implementation for transmission line and substation projects.
  • Use of RIB MTWO estimation software.
  • Use of Palisade @Risk software.
  • Performing statistical analysis.

Recognition & Reward

In return for your hard work we have numerous benefits and initiatives to support you personally and professionally including but not limited to private health insurance discount, motor vehicle lease plan, career development support, study assistance program and workplace flexibility.

Continue to make it happen for your career, and for the millions of Australians who rely on our services every day.

Who we are

At Transgrid, our work improves the lives of millions – from lighting up sports fields, schools and homes, to powering the wheels of commerce and everything else in between. Now it’s your turn to make it happen.

Transgrid offer fulfilling careers for driven people who can help ensure that our business and the essential services we provide to consumers, the community and key stakeholders are continually improving. With us you will thrive in a collaborative environment where new ideas and knowledge sharing are encouraged, and where you’ll be supported through opportunities to develop and achieve your full potential.

This is an exciting time in the energy industry with the transition to renewable energy. Recent government policy documents outline plans to facilitate increasing transmission interconnection between states and development of renewable energy zones.

Applications close on 3rd October 2022.

Please note, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change, we will assess applications as they are received.

We do not accept agency introductions as Transgrid operates a direct sourcing model.

Transgrid is committed to Health and Safety, the Environment, Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Ethical Practices. All applicants are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to these areas.