Senior Cost Planner / Estimator




11 January 2024





Hutchies is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Senior Cost Planner / Estimator to join our hard working team based in our Toowong office on a full time permanent basis.

This role will report to the Team Leader and Principal Construction Lead (Construction Manager & Project Manager).

The primary objective of the Senior Cost Planner / Estimator is to plan / coordinate estimating and related functions to maintain technical standards and maximise success in tendering. 

This role will coordinate and lead multiple project team(s) on tender bids to ensure individuals are made aware of their roles and responsibilities throughout tenders and cost planning.


  • Lead and manage the tender / bid process
  • Communicate and liaise with key internal stakeholders
  • Provide accurate preliminary cost advice for feasibility studies in major projects capturing all technical requirements
  • Developing accurate detailed cost plans and estimates in major projects capturing all technical requirements
  • Liaise with external consultants, quantity surveyors, architects, and other contractors to maintain and achieve project budget
  • Develop and maintain relationships with subcontractors
  • Review and analyse subcontractor pricing
  • Review and identify risks and opportunities with the tender / bid team
  • Prepare project returnable schedules and tender summaries with the submissions team
  • Participate in post construction reviews and contractors’ performance appraisals
  • Assist with pricing of complex variations
  • Analysis of actual vs estimated costs to better understand the reasons for variance


  • Tertiary qualifications in construction or quantity surveying
  • At least 10 years post graduate experience cost planning and estimating
  • Strong attention to detail and organisational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skill
  • Strong knowledge of market rates, construction techniques, and industry standards
  • Proficient in quantity take off in CostX
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare accurate estimates and proposals at various project design stages within strict deadlines
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders


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#The Hutchies difference

Hutchies has been building the structures in which Australians live, work, study, shop and play since 1912. From our early beginnings, we have grown into a dynamic and diverse construction company, delivering sophisticated projects across a comprehensive portfolio. 

We're not like other builders. Relationships are everything to us – whether it's with our people, our clients, or the local communities in which we live and work.

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#Exclusive benefits

As a Hutchies company member, you're not just part of a great work environment; you also be supported with training and continuous development along with access to exclusive perks. These include discounted personal travel and flights, savings on health insurance, and big discounts from top Australian retailers. Plus, we've got a calendar full of gatherings for social events, meetings, and conferences. And if you or your immediate family ever need support, our industry leading Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are there to help.


#A fair go for all

Hutchies is all about equal opportunities and embracing diversity. Our commitment to an inclusive, people focused culture isn't just talk — it's who we are. Through initiatives like Statim Yaga and partnerships like NAWIC and UNIQ You, we're putting our values into action. So, whether you're part of our award winning Indigenous programs or advancing women in construction, you're part of a family that values long term relationships and community. We're not just building structures; we're building a workplace where everyone gets a fair go.

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