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Lead Estimator, Capital Project Delivery


Waltham, MA, US, 02451-1120

Division:  Gas Estimating NE
Job Type: 
Requisition Number:  14459
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Job Function:  Capital Project Delivery
About us

National Grid is hiring a Lead Estimator for our Capital Projects Delivery department in Waltham, MA.

Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in

an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

Job Purpose

Customer/Non-Conventional Project Estimating plays a critical role in shaping National Grid’s capital budgets for future and ready for construction customer utility projects.  By working closely with numerous other departments including Engineering, Project Development, Project Management, Customer Services, Distributed Generation, and Construction, our highly collaborative team develops detailed, defensible estimates using nationally recognized estimating techniques. Our unique position within the business allows us to participate as core project team members in challenging and interesting capital projects. We are constantly seeking ways to improve our own performance through team-developed department initiatives as well as analysis of actual spend to our estimates upon project completion

The Lead Estimator will prepare accurate and timely utility construction estimates for all short cycle customer, distributed generation, non-complex and complex construction projects.  Estimates include all aspects of a project including materials, engineering, permitting, environmental compliance, construction, labor and equipment.  

Key Accountabilities
  • Training sessions and mentoring to learn the National Grid business structure, the utility business and National Grid estimating practices.
    Prepare accurate and timely construction estimates based on engineering designs, drawings, site visits, contractual agreements, materials, permitting, environmental, construction labor, and equipment.  Incorporate solid understanding of the utility construction process into complex estimates.
    Analyze key themes and trends to ensure all factors are properly considered, priced and included in the project estimate. 
    Determine understanding of risk associated with large capital projects and the application of contingency.  This would include application and development of risk registers, Quantitative Risk Assessments, and/or Monte Carlo Simulations.
    Revise and update the estimating system software to support storage and retrieval of estimating information and enhance efficiency and operability of the system.
    Monitor year-on-year accuracy of estimated costs and challenge business processes in order to ensure National Grid is compliant with applicable regulations and deliver projects on budget. Perform planned versus actual evaluations upon project completions for costs and schedule. 
    Document findings and develop improvement plans based on the analysis.  
    Consult and collaborate with vendors, personnel in other departments or engineers to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues. 
    Challenge existing ways of working and continuously seek ways to do things better in order to drive greater efficiencies within assigned area.
    Work independently to manage schedule and workload in order to meet need dates.
Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required

  • Good stakeholder engagement skills.

  • Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or closely related field. ex: Project Management, Business Degree
Or Associate Degree with 10+ years of relevant work experience and training may be considered. 
Preferred - Utility Project Management, Risk Management and/or Estimating experience
Proficient MS Office computer skills (Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
Proven interpersonal and written communication skills.
Knowledge of planning, design, and construction process.
Able to work and interact with various team members during all phases of projects. 
Must have a valid driver's license

  •  Preferences:

    Professional Estimator Certification in AACE International, ICEAA, or ASPE.
    Knowledge of SAGE or other estimating software applications.
    Significant portfolio of completed construction estimates with documented success in actual results achieved.
    Experience working on Natural Gas and Electric Utility construction projects.

More Information

This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.


National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.