Experienced Construction Estimator

Common Ground Construction, a social enterprise construction company, has an opportunity for a full-time estimator to join our team of construction professionals in Duluth, MN. This position is responsible for producing detailed estimates for new construction, repair and remodeling. Our estimator will evaluate needs and bid specifications to determine project requirements and estimate costs to achieve profitability goals for the company. We are looking for someone with a minimum of 10 years of construction experience and multiple years of estimating experience, working on the General Contractor side.

Some key responsibilities include: 

  • Represent Common Ground Construction mission, vision and values

  • Respond to customer requests for estimates

  • Proficient in organizing and assembling estimates

  • Proficient in presenting estimates to an owner

  • Defines scope of work

  • Develop important relationships with vendors and subcontractors

  • Solicit and select subcontractors

  • Prepare and award procurement with material suppliers and subcontractors

  • Proficient in quantity takeoffs

  • Build assemblies in our estimating software

  • Understands unit costs of different construction materials and labor

  • Knowledge of overall SF cost of construction for different building types

  • Knows typical/average system costs for multiple building types, i.e. foundations, siding, window, decking, roofing, interiors, etc.

  • Participates in forecast meetings and tracks budget vs. actual costs through construction

  • Maintain company estimating database


  • 10+ years of experience working within the construction industry

  • Multiple years of experience creating written estimates

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Good time management skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Sage 100/MasterBuilder experience is helpful

  • Experience with non-profits or government programs is helpful


  • Medical, Dental, and HSA (Health Savings Account) with employer contribution

  • 401k with Match

  • Profit Sharing

  • PTO & Holidays


  • Dependent on experience

Applications accepted until May 1, 2017 or until filled.

We seek honest, smart, hardworking, lifetime-learners who are undeniably good at what they do. We expect and appreciate listening, teamwork, and communication. In return, we offer flexibility, good pay, benefits, the opportunity to do mission work, and a respectful environment. If you are interested in a career at Common Ground Construction, apply today! Send resume and cover letter to Common Ground Construction, 12 E 4th St, Duluth MN 55805 Attn: HR or email to info@commongrnd.org.

Common Ground Construction is an equal opportunity employer. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.