SIMON | Estimator 2 - Rapid City, SD

Subsidiary: Simon


Simon, the Colas USA subsidiary that operates throughout Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, specializes in aggregates, asphalt, and ready-mix concrete production, asphalt paving, and concrete, bridge, highway, and utility construction. Through strong local ties backed by global resources, we focus on quality and value to deliver the best products and services for our clients. What we do is bigger than construction – it is about connecting communities, building new roads to the future, and keeping the spirit of the pioneers alive and well. To learn more about Simon 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

Simon, 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:

  • Reads and interprets plans, proposals, specifications, and other documentation to prepare bids and quotes; secures bid bonds coordinates contract, bonds, insurance, subcontracts, and assists in budgeting and project management.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Embrace the Company’s safety culture, actively support all safety initiatives, and adhere to defined accountabilities implemented by the Safety Steering and Continuous Improvement teams
  • Support, promote, and practice the Company core values, vision, and mission; follow code of ethics, workplace conduct, safety, and other established policies
  • Ensure bids are prepared, reviewed and submitted in a timely manner
  • Assist project engineers, project managers, and estimators with estimating practices
  • Participate in project setup and handoffs with project managers and superintendents
  • Ensure that construction estimating best practices are followed in the preparation of cost estimates, bids, and quotes 
  • Perform material quantity take-offs and audit take-offs performed by others
  • Communicate with subcontractors and vendors to obtain necessary quotes 
  • Participate in bid review meetings with project owner and/or owner’s representatives
  • Develop preliminary project schedules and identify critical phases 
  • Present completed estimates to senior management and project owners
  • Follow up with project owners on submitted bids and report bid results to management
  • Analyze completed projects to compare estimated costs to actual costs and determine the reason for any discrepancies
  • Provide improvement recommendations to cost estimating procedures to reduce discrepancies between estimated and actual costs
  • Assist in maintaining data in bidding software and other programs to ensure accuracy of estimates and export of budgets
  • Track annual volumes and backlogs of main competitors and perform other market analysis
  • Coordinate with other Simon regions or areas as needed on projects bidding 
  • Assist in standardization of Simon bidding and estimating processes
  • Perform other duties and complete projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, civil engineering, related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience 
  • Valid Driver’s License and clean driving history


  • 5 or more years of progressive experience in estimating asphalt paving, underground utility, sitework, background in heavy highway and/or municipal construction preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Programs (Word, Outlook, Excel), project estimating/bidding software, project scheduling software and construction accounting software; experience with HCSS HeavyBid/HeavyJob software, AGTEK, Bluebeam and JD Edwards a plus 
  • Ability to lead, manage, and develop others
  • Ability to communicate professionally in oral and written formats, and build and maintain effective working relationships with others at all levels
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret technical diagrams, financial data, and related documentation
  • Ability to plan work and work under pressure of deadlines
  • Ability to problem-solve and employ critical thinking skills

Physical Requirements:

  • Wear and maintain personal protective equipment (PPE) as required by company safety guidelines
  • Regularly required to communicate (talk and hear) 
  • Regularly required to use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel objects 
  • Frequently required to sit for long periods at a desk using a computer
  • Regularly required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; visiting work sites may require walking over uneven terrain and some exposure to dust, chemicals, and loud noise
  • Occasionally required to lift and /or move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation*:  $85K - $100K, DOE

*Estimated target starting compensation; actual compensation to be determined based on assessment of an individual’s qualifications, education, and experience relevant to the role.



  • Choice of 3 Medical Plan Options
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Options
  • Access to Telemedicine and Healthcare Advocacy Services
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Life and AD&D Insurance 
  • Disability Insurance 
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Savings Plan with Company Match
  • Product and Service Group Discount Programs


The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  Benefit offerings subject to change.

Colas Inc. and its subsidiaries (Simon) are an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details on the specifics of this commitment, please click here to view the EEO document. If you need an accommodation to access the information provided on this website, please contact Colas Inc. 973-290-9082 or send an email to

Nearest Major Market: South Dakota
Nearest Secondary Market: Rapid City