Jacobs Senior Cost Estimator in Oakland, California

Senior Cost Estimator


The Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We provide our clients award-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design, construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients, leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growth opportunities while delivering global solutions to our client’s local programs.

We consistently receive high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, including the categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings Design Firms, and Top Transportation Companies.

Cost Analyst

The cost analyst is responsible for development, analysis and reporting of cost data. The analyst will provide guidance to the PMO, Project Delivery Team, Program Manager and Project Managers on potential impact of spending adjustments.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Analyzes drawings and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates

  • Consults with clients, vendors, personnel in other departments or construction foremen to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues.

  • Confers with engineers, architects, owners, contractors and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates.

  • Upon completion of the independent estimate, negotiate the Change Order with the Contractor

  • Report on productivity and cost tracking metrics for engineering and construction firms and internal project management teams

  • Develop, report, and manage cost data for projects

  • Extract cost and schedule information from reporting systems and analyze data to report on status of the project

  • Participate in and may lead project cost review meetings

  • Engaged with the tracking system to ensure that project manager is fully aware of detailed change order status



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college

  • 15 years’ experience in cost estimating

  • Public agency experience such as BART or Caltrans is desirable

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-California-Oakland

Req ID: BIA0000KY