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Elder Corporation Project Manager/Estimator in Des Moines, Iowa

General Info

Job Type: Full TimeYear Experience: Mid to Senior LevelPay: Salary – Based on Experience Benefits: Health Insurance (Minimal cost to employee), Company Paid Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Savings Account (if applicable), Paid Holidays and PTOCompany Info

Elder Corporation is a family-owned business and values long-term employee relationships. We specialize in massive earthmoving and complex underground utility projects to heavy duty demolition work, and are trusted by thousands of Midwest customers to be their site development partner. Our company values of Innovation, Integrity and Appreciation can be seen in all we do. Although we require experienced applicants for some positions, we are always looking for employees with good interpersonal skills who are willing to be flexible and learn new skills. To learn more about Elder Corporation, visit our website at

All prospective candidates must pass a pre-employment physical, drug test, and background check.

Job Description

The Project Manager/Estimator will be responsible for bidding, managing, planning, scheduling, monitoring budgets and communicating status of projects with superintendents, company leadership and field personnel.



  • Compile and analyze data on all factors that influence the quality and profitability of a project.

  • Track projects through to duration, ensuring Company standards and values are followed.

  • Calculate and formulate precise quantity take-offs for estimates by using the plans and customer specific information provided for the project- Previous Experience with Ag-Tek and HCSS or B2W Software Preferred.

  • Effectively manage and monitor multiple projects throughout the length of a project; resolve issues, track costs and resources, effectively communicate progress and changes to customers, field staff, office staff and management.

  • Deliver answers in a timely fashion and in a manner that allows safe quality production, positive marginal impacts, as well as customer satisfaction.


  • Maintain good relationships with customers, field workers, subcontractors and accounting staff.

  • Consult across multiple disciplines including vendors, engineers, architects, and contractors to discuss and formulate effective estimates in a timely manner while meeting customer standards, regulatory standards, and maximizing profitability.

  • Effectively communicate project schedules and deadlines to Field Superintendents to assist in effective time-tables that will ensure customer satisfaction, while taking the needs of other projects and other project managers’ needs into account.


  • Maintain schedules, material purchase requests.

  • Effectively Produce, Submit and Manage RFI’s, Submittals, Change Orders, and Logs.

  • Prepare timely reports for management throughout the project so effective decisions can be made.

  • Take responsibility for accounting documentation and resolution of issues regarding cost codes for payroll, material purchases, invoices and logistics.

Required Skills

  • Written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work independently with little instruction

  • Strong work ethic

  • Dependable

  • Solid Field Experience Preferred

Problem Solving Skills

  • Ability to maintain multiple schedules, deadlines and varied projects in a manner that meets company guidelines and follows company values.

  • Handle and analyze complaints and conflicts while meeting customer expectations and staying consistent with company values.

Decision Making Skills

  • Make daily decisions on time

  • Figure costs, resources or materials needed to successfully bid for and complete projects

  • Assist Sr. Estimator with bid strategy decisions

  • Use logic and reasoning to identify solutions to changes and seek appropriate management approval

Knowledge, Skills Competencies and Experience

  • Knowledge of business management principles involved with resource allocation, and project management

  • Knowledge and experience in excellent customer service, including determining customer needs and meeting quality standards for customer satisfaction

  • Knowledge of raw material and practices, quality control and other techniques to maximize quality delivery and cost

  • Time management skills necessary for performing daily work, as well as project completion

Elder Corporation is an EEO/AA Employer