Graduate CSA Estimator, Dublin, Ireland

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Organisational Environment:

Mercury is an Irish based European Contractor.

Mercury is a European Contractor that builds and manages complex engineering projects that reimagine how people work and live in the built environment. Our determination and focus enable us to deliver leading-edge construction solutions across a range of key sectors including Enterprise Data Centres, Advanced Technology & Life Sciences, Hyperscale Data Centres, Fire Protection, Technical Support Services (TSS), Data Centre Facility Management, Healthcare & Building Services. Mercury employs over 2,600 people across over 10 locations in Europe and had an overall turnover of €1bn in 2020. Mercury employs the best people, invests heavily in training and education and ensures that the highest standards of health, safety and governance are applied throughout the organisation.


Scope of the Role:

We’re seeking the leaders of tomorrow to join us on our Graduate Programme - those who are willing to share our values, live our culture and deliver beyond expectations. 

At Mercury we know that to achieve incredible things you must invest in your people. Our dedication to shaping the leaders of tomorrow shines through our highly regarded graduate programme and ensures we stay ahead in a competitive market. From day one you will be on a stellar career trajectory with no limits to what you can achieve, and the programme empowers you to develop the essential skills needed to excel in the fast-paced construction industry. 

Since launching in 2009, we have successfully trained 360+ graduates, many of whom have forged long-lasting careers with us. Our comprehensive eighteen-month programme is tailored to meet real-world demands, featuring courses led by both external and internal subject matter experts in a focused learning environment. 

Graduates on our programme can anticipate working alongside a diverse and supportive team, accessing state-of-the-art training and masterclasses, and gaining international experience at the leading edge of industry. 

An important aspect of the development programme is the completion of a group research project. Graduates are split into small groups of four or five and assigned a strategic business project to research and present their findings to Senior Management. All topics are chosen by Senior Management and are relevant to Mercury's business.

The CSA Estimator will be responsible for the preparation of an accurate, detailed estimate from start to finish. He / She will prepare a Bill of Quantities using 2D drawings, or BIM models, identifying at the outset which is most efficient for each project. He / She will engage with supply chain locally to obtain sub-contractor quotes / current market rates for incorporation into each tender. He / She will produce an accurate, fully priced bid including a BQ encapsulating all works required by the Employers Requirements as well as the current market rates at that point in time, for presentation to the Group CSA Estimation Manager. He / She will also complete the Client Pricing Document(s) for submission to the Client.


Key Responsibilities of the Role:

  • Document Control:
    • Tender Document Control for each bid. Analyse drawings, specifications, tender addenda and all other documentation to ascertain what work elements need to be measured and priced for inclusion in the BoQ. 
    • File finalised documentation for future reference as per company filing structures.
  • Quantification of work:
    • Be competent in Cost X estimation work practices for both 2D and 5D applications. 
    • Time is of the essence in preparing BQ’s, so it is essential the candidate can demonstrate this competency.
  • Pricing:
    • Obtain quotation from the local market from vendors or subcontractors. Interrogating these quotations for scope gaps and variances and inputting correct figures into the bid. 
    • Liaise with construction team to obtain rates reflecting actual costs, and lessons learned from previous projects.
  • Change Management:
    • Keep up to date with all tender addenda issued both pre-tender and post tender and analyse all for change. Schedule these changes and apply rates for updated / revised tender bid submission
  • Time Management:
    • Demonstrate excellent time management of his / her time, to achieve tight deadlines. 
  • Software skills:
    • Competent in the use of Cost X and
    • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.) 
  • Mentoring and supporting junior staff:
    • Provide support and training to junior staff 


Essential Criteria for the Role:

  • Ideally 2:1 Honours Degree / Expected 2:1
  • Level 8 or relevant bachelor’s degree
  • Good communication skills  
  • Strong interpersonal and organisational skills  
  • Adaptable and solutions driven  
  • Able to work in a team environment   
  • Pride in the quality and presentation of work  
  • Good organization & coordination skills  
  • Flexible to travel  
  • Enthusiastic and energetic  


Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in the Construction Industry or Trade Background



Mercury is an equal opportunities employer.

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