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Company Name Oldcastle Materials
Location Mankato, Minnesota
Date Posted May 10, 2018
Category Non-Driving Jobs
Job Type Transportation Support


City:  Mankato
State:  Minnesota
Postal/Zip Code: 56001

Southern Minnesota Construction, an Oldcastle Materials Company, has a role in the construction market ranging from building roads and highways as a full service contractor down to servicing private commercial/residential projects.  SMC strives to excel in performance, quality, and management.  Our corporate background and longtime local presence provides us with all the tools needed to give the owner that extra sense of satisfaction when a project is completed knowing their investment was built to the best standards.


We have a position available for a detail-oriented individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced construction environment.  This position is responsible for estimating and management of construction and paving projects throughout Southern Minnesota. 


  • To prepare thorough, accurate and timely estimates for both public and private sector structures projects, including the preparation of bid documents and the development of clear written proposals and correspondence.
  • Maintain a master schedule of incoming projects and assure successful bids are entered in the job cost system and monitor and flag cost overruns on projects and report to field and estimating staff on overruns. Monitor material, trucking and labor cost associated with project and make sure changes are current.
  • Identifies labor, material, and time requirements by studying proposals, blueprints, specifications, and related documents.  Visits project sites when necessary.  
  • Obtains bids from vendors and subcontractors by specifying materials, identifying qualified subcontractors, and negotiating prices.
  • Computes cost factors and prepares estimates.  Coordinates estimates with field superintendents.
  • Executes contract agreements and assists with plan preparation and estimates.
  • Negotiates and prepares changes orders as necessary.
  • Conducts special studies to develop and establish standard hour and related cost data or effect cost reductions.
  • Tracks additional costs through force account sheets.  Measures actual quantities as needed.
  • Confers with foremen and engineering personnel, inspectors and suppliers of tools and materials to resolve construction problems and improve construction methods.
  • Tours work sites to ascertain progress in meeting time schedules and to detect insufficient utilization of workers and equipment.
  • Inspects work in progress to ensure that work conforms to specifications and that construction schedules are adhered to.
  • Continuously strives to improve customer satisfaction (internal and external).  Provides for on-time delivery and meets customer quality and cost expectations.  Actively seeks customer interface.  Communicates and facilitates customer needs within the organization.  Meets commitments made to customers.
  • Maintains a professional approach when dealing with customers and employees.  Shows honest and ethical behavior in business relationships and transactions.  Resolves problems and conflicts in a timely and effective manner.  
  • Performs other job related responsibilities and special projects as requested.


  • This position requires experience in Estimating and Project Management for various types of construction projects.  5 years’ experience is desired.
  • Must have ability to work effectively in a high pressure, multi-tasking environment, drive projects forward and meet or exceed deliverables.
  • Associates Degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Management at a minimum is required.
  • Experience in HCSS, Bid2Win, Paydirt, Primavera software is a huge benefit, Excel and Word a must.
  • Familiarity with State of Minnesota specifications along with heavy construction and paving is required. Knowledge of job costing and estimating techniques.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, specifications and contracts.
  • Skills needed include leadership, problem solving, decision making and organization.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Professional ethics, tact, and courtesy in dealing with management, team members, vendors and internal and external customers.
  • Ability to travel as needed.
  • Position requires the ability to stand and walk over variable terrain.

Other Information:

The selected candidate must be able to manage duties in a timely manner and be able to work independently. Long hours, night work, travel/overnights and/or weekend work may be required. The selected individual must display a courteous and professional attitude when dealing with co-workers and the public. A valid Driver’s License and the willingness to travel throughout Minnesota are essential for this position.

Personal Protective Equipment:

Employees are required to wear personal protective equipment in designated operations and construction areas as outlined by OSHA, MSHA, and state agencies.  Protective equipment that may be required, but not limited to, for this position:  Hardhat, safety glasses, face shield, welding helmet, reinforced toed shoes, hand protection, respirator, air monitor, reflective safety vest.

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.  The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.  The employee is required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb, or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and taste or smell. 

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and heat.  The employee frequently works outside and has exposure to some vibration.

The noise level in the work environment varies from moderate to moderately high.

What Oldcastle Offers You

  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion
  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs

About Oldcastle

Oldcastle has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the Oldcastle family. Oldcastle operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.

Oldcastle is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Please complete your online application and profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Thank you for your interest in the Oldcastle family!

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Southern Minnesota Construction is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer

 EOE / M / F / Vet / Disability 

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