Junior Estimator/Estimator

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Job Title

Junior Estimator/Estimator

Role Type

Permanent, full time

Job Location

Billingshurst, West Sussex

Reports To

Estimating Manager

The company

From day one, Thakeham has been driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-built developments.  

Over 20 years later, that ethos is still very much alive, reflected in our numerous awards and reputation in the sector. Today, Thakeham employs close to 250 people and has a forecasted revenue of £219 million in 2023/24. 

An infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter, Thakeham is committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. We are industry-leading in sustainability and biodiversity. Every Thakeham home completion will be Net Zero Carbon by 2025. 

We pride ourselves on our ‘Infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later in the process. We deliver social, affordable and retirement housing for a wide range of housing associations and local authorities.   

People are Thakeham’s most important asset, and this is reflected in the way we operate. We were recognised in the prestigious ‘Best Places to Work 2023’ and are listed in the Top 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2023 

Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and growing business. We offer exciting career opportunities, and are keen to develop, guide and support our employees, regardless of what stage they are in their careers.  

We value diversity and encourage people to bring their full authentic selves to work. A Gold Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Building Heroes, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers. 

Work and fun should not be mutually exclusive and Thakeham offers a range of social events including quiz nights, BBQs and all staff parties. We run informal lunch and learns and take on charity challenges such as dragon boat racing. We encourage people to volunteer in their communities, offering two paid days per year to do so. Where roles allow, our summer hours policy in June, July and August allows people to enjoy longer weekends with their loved ones. A flexible approach to working is available all year round. 

At Thakeham we build communities, together. 


The department

The Estimating team is responsible for pre-construction cost planning, tendering, cost assessment, cost management, subcontractor procurement, valuations and variations and maintaining our systems and procedures


The role

The successful candidate will; 

  • Attend project opportunity meetings
  • Review potential build opportunities of varying levels of detail
  • Contribute to project review meeting with key departments
  • Distribute key project information and agree submission dates with other key departments
  • Take off and produce a project cost plan with initial cost clarifications
  • Feed in key department budgets into the cost plan template
  • Submit the build cost to the Estimating Manager / Commercial Director
  • Review the cost plan with department heads and agree potential risks and opportunities
  • Review client ER’s and compare with our standard specification and cost assumptions
  • Issue subcontract price enquiries
  • Liaise with all departments within the Company to provide continuous value engineering on each project
  • Produce cashflow forecasts
  • Populate project risk registers and value potential project risk and opportunities for discussion with the wider team
  • Produce Bill of Quantities
  • Assisting the Estimating Manager with producing cost plans when required
  • Update standard house type pricing

This list is not exhaustive. Tasks will be allocated to reflect increasing levels of development and experience.


The required skills

  • Preferable to have an industry related degree and some residential QS/estimating experience
  • Track record of integrity & reliability
  • Organisation skills
  • Excellent teamwork, communication and negotiation skills
  • MS office IT skills, Coins system experience useful
  • Good project management skills & experience
  • Good technical understanding and knowledge of construction methods and materials including timber frame and traditional construction methods
  • Budget handling skills
  • A methodical approach to work
  • A clear understanding of Building Regulations and other legal guidelines
  • A full valid driving licence is essential

The benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Annual holiday allowance 26 days increasing to 27 after 3yrs service and 28 after 5yrs service (plus bank holidays)
  • Life assurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health screening
  • Pension scheme
  • Bonus scheme
  • Excellent development and progression opportunities for the right candidate
  • Company Social events

Plus a whole range of other employee benefits that we can tell you all about, our employees are rewarded for their performance, attitude and results.



We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and treating people fairly. We will treat all job applicants and employees equally regardless of age, race, religious belief, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We welcome applicants from all sectors of society and we are committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all.


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