Head of Estimating

Job Description

With a turnover exceeding £30M Annually and strong growth projected, Alternative Heat specialises in the design, supply and installation of a wide range of Off-site Prefabricated solutions for the commercial M&E sectors throughout Ireland and UK. Through continuous investment within our teams, and our facilities, we have grown strongly over the years and established ourselves as a leader within the offsite pre-fabrication industry throughout Ireland and the UK.

We have an open, honest culture throughout the workplace that is based on mutual respect and trust. We have a commitment to growth, moving forward and helping our people reach their full potential. Alternative Heat has a hard-working team with a strong teamwork ethos and sense of community. You will find many exciting opportunities and challenges within the role.

Due to strong company & department growth and expansion, we are currently looking to integrate a Head of Estimating to support our growing Commercial Team at our Head Quarters in Banbridge. This post is a permanent contract and offers an amazing opportunity for a candidate who wants to gain experience with a progressive and dynamic company.


The candidate will be responsible for leading a team of estimators to generate detailed mechanical takeoffs for turnkey commercial projects which will involve liaising with a wide range of suppliers to obtain accurate quotations for specialist equipment.

The department is responsible for estimating a wide range of commercial and industrial applications, from bespoke M&E plantrooms, to risers, laterals & prefabricated solutions.

You will be the go-to person for anything relating to estimating and play an essential part in the Commercial Team responsible for accurate bid winning costings across Residential, Commercial, Pharma & Data Centre sectors.

Core Responsibilities of role:

    We have detailed below some of the key elements of this role:

  • Be the go-to person for all things estimating within the department and take ownership of department priorities and resourcing.
  • Direct and assist estimating team of currently 3 people in their day-to-day activities.
  • Lead the streamlining of estimating activities within the company and drive the team to continuous improvement.
  • Liaise with Senior team to discuss estimating opportunities and viability of client requests.
  • Ability to read & review schematics & designs in order to call what the scope of estimate will be and how a job will be estimated.
  • Ability to complete detailed take offs from schematics & 3-D designs and collate into material & labour costs will be essential in order to review team members estimates.
  • Ability to learn, operate and manage existing Ensign estimating software package to ensure accurate costs are prepared for all new projects.
  • Analysis and estimation of value engineering opportunities to ensure bids are competitive.
  • Early client engagement to review scope and then prepare, issue and follow through to negotiation stage of AH bids alongside the senior team.
  • Lead the preparation of handover pack & attend internal post award meetings for successful projects to discuss and review breakdown of estimate with delivery team.
  • Lead the formatting of awarded project budgets as part of handover to operations team.
  • Be the go-to person within estimating for reviewing and understanding job performance reports (CVR’s) for ongoing and completed works to ensure continuous improvement of departmental rates and job costing assumptions.
  • Lead on the review and understanding of job performance challenges by liaising with Commercial & Contracts teams to ensure team of estimators are always pricing works in line with how we are delivering them.

Essential Criteria:

  • Third level qualification in a Surveying or Cost Engineering discipline or can demonstrate an equivalent level of experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior estimating management/commercial role, ideally within the M&E sector
  • Commercially astute and ambitious
  • High standard of organisational and time management skills.
  • Sound knowledge of general construction methods.
  • Working knowledge of labour, plant, materials and equipment rates.
  • High level of IT literacy, especially in Microsoft Packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Management experience


Head Office, Banbridge


08:00-17:00, Mon – Thurs, 08:00-15:00 Fri


Competitive depending on experience

Responsible to:


About Us

The opportunity has arisen to join an industry leader in UK's Building Services providers. We design, develop and deliver a wide range of offsite-prefabricated, innovative and sustainable building service solutions throughout the UK & Ireland.

Alternative Heat specialises in the design, supply and installation of a wide range of prefabricated energy solutions, typically built in NI and shipped throughout the UK and Ireland. We also offer turnkey design, build and operate solutions for commercial energy centers and large-scale district heating solutions and have experience with successfully procuring and delivering many similiar packages to a wide range of public body's throughout Ireland and UK.

Employee Benefits:

  • Full in-house training
  • Competitive Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Annual Health Check
  • 30 days Annual Leave

To apply for this role, send your CV and covering letter to hradmin@alternativeheat.co.uk
Alternative Heat is an equal opportunities employer.

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