DDS Contracting: 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 continues to grow and have in 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 of 5 years estimating experience (groundworks knowledge essential)
  • Causeway estimating software experience preferential 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
  • Able to 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, professional

Logical and analytical approach to problem solving

Please forward your CV and salary expectations to

All applications will be treated in strict confidence.

DDS is an Equal Opportunities employer.