Senior Estimator



About the Role

Are you an ambitious and talented Estimator seeking new horizons? Do you dream of working on diverse, exciting projects with security and certainty? Look no further – we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Cook Brothers Construction has a solid national pipeline of work over the next two years and beyond, so you can rest assured that your skills and expertise will be in high demand. We have earned the trust of large national repeat clients, ensuring a steady stream of exciting projects in our diverse portfolio. You will be at the forefront of shaping the nation's infrastructure, from six-star hotels, recreation centres and community pools, heritage restoration, and government sector work to high-end residential properties and large-scale developments. We're not going to lie - you'll be busy!

Reporting to our National Pre-construction Manager, you will have a structure and robust support network - in other words; you will have the resources you need to thrive. We believe that teamwork makes dreams work, and our collaborative approach ensures that you will have the support you need every step of the way.

You're an Estimator - you know the drill, but what we need from you in this role is this:

Tender Preparation
  • Preparing tenders for projects ranging in size from $500K to $30M+
  • Measuring and pricing builder's quantities
  • Managing tender documentation
Relationship Building
  • Building Strong Industry Relationships
  • Source Trade partner and supplier quotes
Leadership and Accuracy
  • Analyse data relating to land, buildings or construction
  • Follow due diligence in interpreting the cost implications of tender documentation

About You - Required Skills/Competencies

  • Bachelor of Construction Management (Quantity Surveyor – Construction Economics advantageous) or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years post-graduation commercial construction cost estimating experience.
  • Experience measuring diverse projects from new builds to fit-outs.
  • Familiarity with CostX and Procore software would be an advantage but training can be provided for the right applicant.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of construction industry best practices and the latest market trends and pricing.

Your Future with Cook Brothers

As part of our team, your well-being is our priority. Enjoy the benefits of flexible working arrangements, balancing your personal and professional life. Moreover, we take pride in our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and sustainability. As an ISO-accredited company in the HSSQ space, we prioritise your safety and satisfaction and offer health insurance to all employees.

Our team works hard but also plays hard - everything from skiing, mountain biking, golf, and paintball to jet boating, beers, and BBQs. (Seriously though - we cook a mean BBQ).

The Cook Brothers' Difference

We've been in the construction game for eighteen years, and we've weathered the booms and busts of the industry. Our team grew from a small presence in Dunedin to a trusted, reputable, reliable national network over five regions; Auckland, Canterbury, Otago, Queenstown and Wanaka.

This is not just a job; it's an opportunity. Join an award-winning company recognised for its innovation, craftsmanship, and commitment to quality. With us, you can turn your passion into an opportunity for growth and success.

Note: This is a permanent position located in New Zealand. We welcome candidates from around the world and will provide relocation assistance to the successful candidate if necessary.


  • Flexible Working Scheme
  • Health Insurance
  • Development through our in-house Sports Psychologist, Software Trainers etc.
  • Career and personal development highly encouraged and supported
  • Work with a supportive and high-performing team
  • Good work/life balance
  • Positive company culture
  • Social Club
  • Exciting projects, both currently and in the future
  • Competitive salary + laptop + phone
  • Free access to EAP Services
  • Equal Opportunities Employer & Diversity Works Member

Apply Now 

To apply, please apply through Seek by clicking this link here or send your CV to employment@cookbrothers.co.nz