DDS Contracting: Recruiting – Groundworks Estimator

DDS Contracting (a division of the DDS Group of companies) is currently recruiting for an Estimator with groundworks and civils experience.


  • Competitive salary and associated package commensurate with relevant experience
  • Opportunity to come on board as the division grows and have an influence in the ongoing development of the business
  • Opportunity to develop the estimating role and ultimately head up the pre-construction department as the business expands, reporting directly to the principal of the division.
  • Diverse range of enquiries ranging from highly respected external clients as well as interesting and complex large scale Group developments.
  • Located at our newly refurbished offices near Margate.
  • Working as part of a small and highly motivated team of industry professionals.


  • Minimum 5 years estimating experience (Groundworks knowledge essential)
  • Causeway estimating software experience preferred but training will also be provided

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Receive and appraise new enquiries for suitability
  • Review risk and opportunities for team discussion
  • Prepare and obtain subcontract and material prices, evaluate, compare and incorporate
  • Manage the enquiry process from receipt to submission and relevant post tender queries
  • Build up tender rates from first principles having confidence in outputs and allowances
  • Proactive and outgoing approach to value engineering options
  • Communicating effectively with all external and internal interfaces
  • Working with the operations team to develop project specific preliminaries costs
  • Lead tender adjudication meetings
  • Develop and chair tender handover meetings
  • Process billed enquiries or prepare accurate measures from specifications and drawings
  • Be confident in attending post tender client presentations supported by the operations team

Key attributes:

  • Outgoing, confident and professional
  • Logical and analytical approach to problem solving

Attractive salary package dependent on experience.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter to John Read –