M&E Estimator

March 7, 2023

Our client is a specialist energy and water management company, established in 2012, that operates in the UK, Germany, Spain, Holland and India.

In the UK, our client specialises in the decarbonisation of heat with turnkey design and delivery energy efficiency upgrade projects. Our client adds value to its clients in a number of ways from high quality project delivery, provision of funding solutions and technical consultancy services.  We are a market leader in the UK housing market for Communal and District Heating, across a range of technologies including air and ground source heat pumps, and have an extensive portfoilio of clients including local authorities.

The business has a strong can-do ethos with a passion for making things happen. Our client has experienced a period of significant growth in its client base and we are prepared to invest further to achieve our vision of helping all of our clients meet their sustainability and net zero goals.

As such, the business is seeking a M&E Estimator/Pre-Construction Manager to support its business development ambitions and active operations in the South of England.

Purpose of the Job

The M&E Estimator/Pre-Construction Manager – South will be accountable for the effective management of contracts from tender process through to supplier bid analysis and finally ownership of service provider relations in a live contract for both domestic and commercial energy business streams.

Principle role requirements are:

  • Responsible for all aspects of estimation required to complete tenders for both domestic and commercial clients, supporting the Energy team in all new bids & tender activity
  • The role will seek, identify and procure all relevant information in respect of system design, site operations and procurement to create appropriate templates to support a M&E contractor and supplier bidding process
  • Directly manage supply chain partners to obtain quotes and estimates, including liaison with clients to schedule and attend site visits
  • Analysis and selection of supplier bids, and where necessary, manage the onboarding of new supply chain partners
  • Take ownership of all project’s external delivery partners up to contract mobilisation, attending client: contractor meetings
  • Ensure a smooth mobilisation period from job being won to starting on site including sub contractor and supplier contracts
  • Seek and develop further supply chain network in region, both delivery and supplier partners

The incumbent will take ownership of estimation and quotation activity both at proposal / tender opportunity stage and during detailed design.

Estimation & Pre-Construction Duties & Responsibilities

  • Liaise with all necessary stakeholders to determine project specifications and create estimation template for quotation, in line with Engineering agreed bill of quantities and design
  • Work with Energy and Operations team to understand and agree tender / proposal strategy and ensure relevant approach communicated to supply chains for quotation
  • Determine resources required for all aspects of the operation, recognising equipment requirements and set budget limits
  • Ensure quotes, supporting programmes and materials for tender / proposal are provided by supply chain on time and to standard and level of detail required
  • Interrogate quotations for specification and our clients approach compliance and arrange revisions as required
  • Work with Energy and Operations team leads on commercial strategy – areas for cost and programme saving, split of work packages, preferred suppliers
  • Understand resource availability across supply chains and input recommendations for supply chain allocation to Energy and Operations team leads
  • Production of tender / proposal stage design and construction programmes, in liaison with Engineering, Energy and Operations
  • Ensure supplier understanding of the clients quality and environmental management systems and to work according to their standards
  • Provide compliance advice, expertise and guidance to Service Areas supporting their business objectives

Person Specification                                                                                                                                      


  • Proven experience and success in technical or commercial within M &E or construction sector (preferably 3 years +)
  • Main Contractor experience or able to evidence good working knowledge of construction process eg an in-depth understanding of methods, principles, tools and equipment
  • Knowledge of pre-construction processes
  • Commercial awareness
  • Well developed negotiation skills for pricing of materials, labour costs, and contract terms and conditions
  • Ability to manage and prioritise and demanding and varying workload
  • Excellent written & spoken English and ability to communicate at all levels and ability to communicate complex proposals simply
  • Proactive, self-motivated, knows when to seek guidance
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team with common goals
  • Full clean driving licence – willing to travel regularly


Experience of building services, M&E system design, project management and renewable energy technology

Heat pumps

Communal Heating Systems

District Heating Schemes

Commercial Plant rooms

Supply chain network relevant to industry – contractors and manufacturers

Evidence of either site management, contract management, estimation or quantity surveying skills/experience

Can demonstrate the ability to assess and report commercial and market trends and make recommendations to drive value

Personal Qualities:



Commercial acumen

Technical acumen

High energy & enthusiasm

Excellent communicator (verbal & written)



High attention to detail

Contact Name
Kieran Lightfoot
Employment Type
40000 - 45000
AM Recruitment
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Company size
50-100 employees
Founded in
01642 551 883 01642 551**** Show

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