Chief Estimator

Job Locations US-IL-Lisle
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Who is OHLA USA?


We are a company who believes in building a better, safer, more sustainable world for generations to come. We are committed to making a difference within our communities, who depend on the safety and reliability of the structures we build and is possible with our main asset, our people!


OHLA USA brings together the construction industry's most diverse talent who thrive in a collaborative work environment and appreciate challenges and opportunities.


We currently have an opportunity for a Chief Estimator in Lisle, IL. The primary objective of this position is to work as part of an estimating team focused on Heavy Highway Construction. This position is a leadership position and will be part of the senior management team of the organization.


  • Responsible for all aspects of Estimating process

  • Conduct thorough analysis of drawings and specifications, ensuring required information is provided. 

  • Perform detailed project cost estimate using estimating software such as HCSS. 

  • Research selected products from a cost and constructability perspective. 

  • Solicit sub-contractor pricing and bids for different trades in preparation of cost estimate. 

  • Review progress and construction documents for constructability. Lead and participate in discussion regarding alternate detail and materials for specific areas or trades. 

  • Provide and present value engineering options and costs.

  • Provide and present estimating productions and scheduling.

  • Coordinate administrative staff in sending documents to vendors.


  • College degree in Engineering or Construction Management.

  • Minimum 10+ years’ heavy civil estimating experience 

  • Substantial construction experience and / or engineering background

  • Have a thorough understanding of construction means and methods.

  • Local knowledge of the industry. 

  • Must be fluent in English – written and oral.


  • Highly proficient in selected software (Excel, Word, Outlook) HCSS Heavy Bid estimating software and P6 a plus.

  • Ability to make decisions, work independently and coordinate estimating colleagues. 

  • Ability to meet critical project deadline, willingness to coordinate and work as a team member.

Additional Benefits offered by OHLA USA:

  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance

  • Short- and Long-Term Disability & Life Insurance

  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching

  • Tuition Reimbursement after 1 year of employment

  • Personal Time Off Program (PTO)

  • Engaging work environment

  • And much more!!

To learn more about OHLA USA, visit our website


OHLA ADA Message: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will require the ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environments. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; Employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud noise.

OHLA EEO Message: OHLA USA and its affiliates are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.


OHLA USA and its subsidiaries (“OHLA”) shall not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from a candidate. Any unsolicited resumes sent to OHLA or an employee of OHLA, by mail, electronically, or otherwise will be considered OHLA property. OHLA will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume. OHLA will consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume to have been referred to by the Agency free of any charges or fees. OHLA Human Resources is the only authorized representative of OHLA to execute any agreements with search firms or staffing agencies. As a condition for payment, a Vendor shall have OHLA USA Inc.’s Personnel Agreement and a Job Order signed by an authorized OHLA HR representative. Verbal or written communications from any employee of OHLA and its subsidiaries shall not be considered binding obligations. All resumes, whether unsolicited or solicited, shall be the property of OHLA.




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