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Cost Estimator in Los Angeles, CA at JLL

Date Posted: 4/10/2019

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Job Description

Cost Estimator

Position Objectives:

  • Works as part of the Project Development Services team across the South West region
  • Assist clients, JLL brokers, JLL PMs and external designers with all financial aspects of a construction project
  • ​Manage and maintain the cost data base and produce research white papers.
  • Provide superior client service.
  • Promote InSite (JLL own test-fit and occupancy planning tool).
  • Bring innovation and energy to a dynamic and successful team.
  • Contribute to the growth of the cost management team and the company.
  • Enhance own professional and personal skills.
  • Meet assigned financial targets.


  • Reviewing and developing construction cost budgets for various projects including: ground up or renovation works for offices, hospitality, residential, industrial and entertainment type projects.
  • Comparing budget costs to benchmark pricing information, analyzing quantities and scope items as well as assist in value engineering.
  • Providing support and strategy during trade contractor procurement, while also participating in trade contractor interviews and the bid leveling process.
  • Developing project unit pricing and labor rates.
  • Enhance overall ROM service delivery by increasing efficiency and improving processes.
  • Support in the development and maintaining customers historical cost benchmark for project types.

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution in Accounting, Business, Architecture, Engineering, or Construction Management with a focus on real estate and construction.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in cost management or estimating.
  • Ability to regularly communicate analyzed data to client and team to achieve project goals.
  • Strong working knowledge of methods of construction, architectural drawings, furniture, and workplace concepts / trends.
  • Although based in the DTLA off, flexibility with work hours and travel as needed.
  • Experience in construction management or real estate preferred.
  • Highly organized with strong analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to support or lead Business Development initiatives as assigned or requested.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to interact with executive level external and internal clients.
  • Ability to successfully communicate with architects, contractors, client’s representatives, and team members and build strong relationships.
  • Previous experience effectively supervising, training, mentoring and evaluating several project managers at various levels within the organization / team.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and Project software (i.e., Excel, Project, RSMeans, Bluebeam).


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