A major Canadian construction company is searching for a senior quantity surveyor for their Vancouver Office. There is also a chief estimator opening for which we will be able to provide the job description shortly.

Interested parties must please send their resumes to Cobus Kriek (cobus@matrixvisa.com) by 24 Sept 2015


  • The Senior Estimator will be responsible for estimating a variety of commercial and light industrial projects with a direct contribution to cost management and budgeting for various high level projects. You will be responsible for gathering all data required for preparing lump sum, unit rate and cost plus detailed estimates along with conceptual estimating, cost analysis and estimate coordination.
  • Reportingto manager of pre-construction services


  • Create estimates for commerical and light industrial projects, using whatever designs drawings, sketches and information that is available.
  • Review and Develop discipline and multi-discipline materials takeoffs (MTO)
  • Review project plans and specifications and coordinate with team to confirm complete scope
  • Identify risk issues and their order of magnitude
  • Prepare instructions to bidders, bid form and other bid solicitation information
  • Prepare conceptual budgets on miniminmal information
  • Evaluate and Develop construction rates, subcontract cost estimates and proposals
  • Perform productivity analysis of cost estimates; perform comparisons of scope, quantities, and cost data between projects
  • Review designs and specifications for cost effectiveness; provide recommendations for alternates where applicable
  • Identify scopes of work
  • Contact necessary sub-trades and suppliers for estimates; supply necessary required drawings and data
  • Proactively handle construction-related questions from sub-trades and suppliers
  • Complete preliminary construction schedules
  • Present estimate to required parties; if and when required
  • Liaise with Business Development function to ensure they are apprised of the high level details regarding the estimate; educate on estimate if and when required
  • Review of completed estimates vs. the estimates for improvement of accuracy of future estimates
  • Assist in supervision of junior estimators


Participate in estimate/project handover meeting with Operations


  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience cost estimating for commercial and light industrial projects
  • Quantity Surveying or accounting related degree or B Tech
  • Should be able and willing to work at any time and any day as may be required by circumstance
  • Demonstrated ability to document and organize complex streams of information and paperwork efficiently and accurately; at times with minimal information.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate estimating concepts to various individuals in the organization
  • Demonstrated understanding of a construction work site is considered an asset
  • Demonstrated understanding of Building Construction from concept to completion
  • Demonstrated understanding of estimating terms, scheduling and estimating concepts
  • Demonstrated organizational and communication skills (written, oral, interpersonal)
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by example and set standard of professionalism
  • Proficiency with computers (Microsoft Office, Timberline, MS Project, Insite)


Contact us direct if you have question. We can be reached at:

  • 087-750-0341 South African number after 5 pm South Africa time (answered in Canada) when Matrixvisa personnel are in Canada
  • 076-381-0053 Cell number you can use during my South African visit and only active during visits to South Africa
  • 00-1-780-409-0931 X 101 office in Canada or
  • 00-1-604-395-0801 X 101 office in Canada
  • 00-1-403-710-7156 Canada Cell number

All the best,

Cobus Kriek