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Subsidiary: Barrett Industries



Strawser Construction Inc. is one of the companies that operates within Barrett Industries Corporation, the Colas USA subsidiary that operates primarily in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. We have been serving the Midwestern United States since 1976, performing work in multi-state areas and have become a leader in the pavement preservation industry. Our construction operation is headquartered in Columbus, OH and we operate an asphalt emulsion production facility near Cincinnati, OH. To learn more about Strawser visit  

Throughout Colas USA, we provide competitive pay, outstanding benefits, career advancement opportunities, professional education, and extensive training for every employee. We pride ourselves on upholding the highest standards of safety, environmental conservation, and ethical conduct as we strive to grow our infrastructure products and services through empowering and developing our people, fostering innovation, utilizing new technology, and maximizing vertical integration at all levels of the company’s value chain. To learn more about the Colas USA Family of Companies, please visit

Strawser, and the rest of the Colas USA Family of Companies, is part of the Colas Group, the worldwide leader in transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance. For information on our international network visit

Job Summary

Receives the tender documentation, analyzes the file and the customer's requirements, carries out the studies and finds the technical, economic and financial solutions best suited to the project until the tender is submitted.  

Main Responsibilities

  • Research, track, and solicit bid advertisements and bid invitations. 
  • Prepare preliminary estimates using best practices for entering bid into HCSS 
  • Reviews bid specification data and requirements and plans bid preparation and submission. 
  • Serves as primary liaison with client during bid evaluation process and prior to project start. 
  • Attend pre-bid meeting as required. 
  • Collect bid documents for target projects. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with prime contractors, subcontractors, and vendors. 
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned. 
  • Analyze documents to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates. 
  • Reviews constructability/production analysis of bid documents. 
  • Prepare estimates used by management for purposes such as planning, organizing and scheduling work, selecting vendors or subcontractors. 
  • Consult with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments or construction operations to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues. 
  • Develop estimates from various types of bid documents and their key components including components such as bonding, insurance, indemnification, and damage clauses. 
  • Ensures that any applicable federal/state prevailing wage rates guidelines are considered, monitored, implemented, and maintained per project bid requirements. 
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned. 

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft word and excel.
  • Strong mathematical skills.
  • Basic understanding of economics and accounting.
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Engineering, Construction Management or similar technical training/experience preferred.
  • A valid Driver's license with a good driving record. 


Culture at Strawser

  • Acknowledge and value diversity. 
  • Collaborative, inclusive and engaged team environment. 
  • Seek to hire for culture add. 
  • Work-life balance is supported. 

Colas Inc. and its subsidiaries are an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details on the specifics of this commitment, please click here to view the EEO document.  If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to:

  • to meet the requirements of the role in which you are applying
  • complete any part of the application process
  • access or use the online application process and need an alternative method for applying

Please contact Colas Inc. at 973-290-9082 or send an email to

Nearest Major Market: Columbus