The Company

Hutchinson Builders is Australia’s largest privately-owned construction company. For over 109 years and five generations, we’ve placed family values at the core of every structure, every team, every task – leaving behind a rich history and building a bright future ahead.

Hutchies is all heart. There’s something about our culture that sets us apart from other large businesses. It’s hard to describe, yet is so easy to see and feel. We take care of our people and are leaders in the skills development, training and employment space. Through our dedicated Statim Yaga Indigenous employment initiative, we have successfully trained and helped hundreds of First Australians into meaningful long-term careers in the construction industry.

With offices across the country, Hutchies is Australia’s truly local national builder. We deliver across all markets, on any scale, and in every location. Safety, quality, and cost control are key drivers for Hutchies people to ensure expectations are exceeded across the board. They are the cornerstones of success.

Annually Hutchies constructs around 300 projects, maintaining a healthy and strong balance sheet. We are passionate about being involved with the communities they work in, and helping out everyday people when support is needed. In 2019 Hutchies was recognised as QCF Corporate Philanthropist of the Year for our culture of supporting community initiatives and charities across the country each year.

When you join the Hutchies fold, you get the advantage of all the great things that come with a tight-knit team culture, together with the training, support and career opportunities that only a large organisation can offer. The development possibilities at Hutchies are virtually endless. We celebrate diversity, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, and we’re committed to empowerment and autonomy for our people. If you’ve got the drive, we’ll take you places.

If working in construction is more than just a job to you, come and join us. Build a career with Hutchies.

The Role

Hutchies is currently seeking for a Junior Cost Planner to join our Toowong office in a full time capacity. This position will support our national estimating teams, whilst providing training and skills development to pursue a career as a Cost Planner.

The Team

You will be part of a tight-knit internal team responsible for assisting Hutchies’ industry-leading estimators and cost planners across the country. The work is varied and you will gain unequalled exposure to jobs of all shapes and sizes, and across all aspects of cost planning and estimating in the numerous sectors Hutchies works in, all while retaining your traditional quantity surveying skills.

Hutchies’ cost planners and estimators are highly regarded in our business, they are actively involved in projects from start to finish with the design and construction teams, and they’re recognised for their hard work through our annual Estimator of the Year Awards. You’ll get the opportunity to take pride in your work, be responsible for your own projects, work autonomously, and be mentored and trained by Hutchies’ senior team of estimators, cost planners and quantity surveyors.

The Benefits

Hutchies’ company members also gain exclusive access to a range of extra benefits as part of their employment. You’ll enjoy discounted personal travel and flights, health insurance, superannuation, and large purchases from Australia’s biggest retailers. This is on top of our coffee cart Mondays, monthly pho Fridays, various social events and conferences held throughout the year. We also offer a world-class employee assistance program (EAP) for our people and their immediate family in times of need.


  • Read and understand drawings
  • Document control
  • Completion of trade and elemental take off
  • Assist in pricing of estimates for cost plans and tenders
  • Liaising with key subcontractors for pricing
  • Undertake site visits and assist the site team in preparing variations to submit to the client
  • Ability to use appropriate software and technology eg Microsoft Office and CostX

Preferred skills and experience

  • Currently undertaking or recently completed a recognised tertiary qualification in quantity surveying or construction management
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team environment whilst achieving independent goals
  • Desire to develop a long-term professional career in cost planning and estimating