Mechanical Estimator

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time, TemporaryContract

Salary Negotiable

Updated 1 week ago

Reference 1391618

 Job Description

We are seeking to recruit a focused, organised and experienced Mechanical Estimator to join the estimating team within our busy Integrated Services Department.


Dowds Group are a national mechanical, electrical and specialist construction with offices in Ballymoney, Belfast and London.  Delivering quality installations to a diverse range of clients throughout the UK and Ireland, with continued growth, we are keen to take on new talent to help us expand our operations.

The post will be based at our Belfast office, with initial training at our Head Office in Ballymoney.


Tender Administration and Management

  • Log all tender enquiries and open electronic and paper tender files.
  • Review and print all appropriate documentation (drawings, specifications, prelims, client enquiries, forms of contract, bid submission documentation, programme etc).
  • Identify named suppliers and select appropriate alternative suppliers for tender.
  • Quantification of labour, materials and plant, based on take-offs (counting and measuring) from drawings, detailed review of specifications and other tender documentation.
  • Prepare and send bid packages for suppliers to price including strict dates for return.
  • Follow up with suppliers to ensure tender prices are received by agreed deadlines
  • Input all information on the Estimation software throughout the process
  • Identify inclusions and exclusions from our bid.
  • Liaise with Dowds key Design and Contract Management team at start of tender process to determine a methodology for contract completion incorporating value engineering and appropriate new technologies.
  • Determine a programme and timetable for completion of tender in line with Company procedures and tender deadline.



  • Develop professional relationships with individuals within main contractors consulting engineers, quantity surveyors and client bodies.
  • Seek out potential tender opportunities
  • Challenge conventional methods of practice in the interest of the Company, demonstrating you are innovative, commercial and pro-active in delivering Company profit.
  • Any other duties as deemed by the Commercial Director to be within the scope of your skills.



  • Minimum 5 years’ experience within building services engineering.
  • Preference for mechanical estimating experience
  • Ability to produce work of a consistently high quality to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with the internal management of the company from Graduate to Director Level.
  • Ability to work fast paced and unassisted.
  • A good eye for detail.
  • Ability to take and follow instructions.


We are committed to investing in talent and developing opportunities for our staff.  As equal opportunities employers, we welcome applicants from all communities. 


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