Senior Estimator – NSW

At Hickory, we don’t believe in standing still, for over three decades we have continually invested in researching and developing systems and products to improve the way we build. Our philosophy is ‘MADE for LIFE’ – it’s a commitment we honour, each day. Everything we do and everything we build is ‘MADE for LIFE.’ Whether it’s refining our patented, prefabricated building products, developing more efficient and sustainable construction practices, or bringing expertise inhouse to supply critical components, we always believe there is a better way. As a result, Hickory have become one of the most diverse property companies in Australia.


The Estimator at Hickory plays a pivotal role in Hickory’s success by delivering precise and detailed cost estimates for construction projects. Their expertise is crucial in ensuring that all aspects of a project are meticulously analysed, from material and labour requirements to equipment and subcontractor costs. The goal is to produce estimates that align with Hickory’s commitment to excellence and meet the high standards set by the construction industry.


  • Work-Life Balance: Enjoy a balanced work-life schedule with a standard 5-day work week.
  • Continuous Career Advancement: Unlock your potential through ongoing career development and growth prospects.
  • Employee Wellbeing: Access our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for valuable support and resources.
  • Travel Perks: Benefit from exclusive travel perks, including discounted flights and hotel rates.
  • Expert In-House Team: Collaborate with our dedicated structures and facades team.
  • Family-Friendly Policies: Receive paid parental leave to support your family needs.
  • Supportive Culture: Thrive in a nurturing team environment that values both collective and individual achievements.
  • Diverse Opportunities: Gain exposure to a wide range of roles and industry leaders in our leading market company.


  • Review Project Specifications: Examine project details to estimate costs accurately.
  • Conduct Site Visits: Visit project sites to understand conditions and challenges.
  • Evaluate Project Scope: Clearly define project scope to prevent cost overruns.
  • Collaborate with Stakeholders: Work with architects, engineers, and others to align on project goals.
  • Identify Regulatory Requirements: Understand and address relevant regulations.
  • Assess Material and Labor Needs.
  • Evaluate Equipment Requirements: Determine necessary machinery and associated costs.
  • Research Market Conditions: Stay updated on market trends for accurate estimates.
  • Determine Project Timeline: Establish a realistic schedule for efficient resource coordination.
  • Perform Quantity Take-offs: Calculate materials needed for accurate cost estimates.
  • Utilize Estimation Software: Use technology to improve accuracy and efficiency.
  • Apply Cost Indexing: Adjust historical data for inflation.
  • Factor in Contingencies: Include allowances for unforeseen events.
  • Evaluate Subcontractor Bids: Review bids for cost-effectiveness.
  • Consider Value Engineering: Explore cost-saving opportunities.
  • Review Historical Data: Learn from past projects to improve accuracy.
  • Conduct Cost-Benefit Analysis: Assess cost options for informed decisions.
  • Generate Detailed Cost Estimates: Provide comprehensive breakdowns.
  • Prepare Bid Proposals: Develop detailed proposals for clients.
  • Present Estimates to Clients: Clearly communicate estimates to clients.
  • Negotiate Contracts: Secure favorable terms with clients and subcontractors.
  • Provide Project Updates: Keep stakeholders informed of progress and changes.
  • Facilitate Bid Review Meetings: Lead meetings to address concerns.
  • Collaborate with Teams: Work with legal, procurement, and design teams.
  • Coordinate Workshops: Organize value engineering workshops.
  • Conduct Post-Bid Reviews: Evaluate completed bids for improvement.
  • Conduct Quality Checks: Ensure accuracy and consistency of estimates.
  • Verify Compliance: Confirm adherence to building codes and regulations.
  • Conduct Risk Assessments: Identify and mitigate potential risks.
  • Provide Training: Train team members on best practices.
  • Implement Improvement Initiatives: Seek process enhancements.
  • Ensure Data Security: Protect sensitive project information.
  • Review Templates: Update estimation templates as needed.
  • Conduct Lessons Learned Sessions: Promote continuous learning and improvement.


  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, engineering, quantity surveying, or related field preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years experience in the commercial construction industry.
  • Proficiency in construction estimating software such as Cubit or similar.
  • Strong understanding of construction methods, materials, and costs.
  • Ability to interpret blueprints, specifications, and technical documents accurately.
  • Excellent mathematical and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of local building codes, regulations, and permitting processes.
  • Experience negotiating with subcontractors, suppliers, and clients.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to produce accurate and comprehensive cost estimates.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with value engineering principles and cost-saving techniques.


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