Cost Estimator

Location: McLean, VA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

MG2 is looking for a talented Cost Estimator to join our McLean, VA office. We are hiring for a senior level position.

MG2 partners with businesses around the world to create meaningful transformation through architectural services, planning, interior design, brand strategy, and consulting. MG2 is consistently ranked among the largest architecture firms in the nation and one of the top retail design firms in the world. MG2 serves clients around the globe from four offices: Seattle, WA; Irvine, CA; Washington, D.C. and Shanghai.


  • Prepare conceptual, schematic and detailed estimates with an emphasis on preconstruction
  • Review drawings / reports and perform site investigations
  • Evaluate bids and change order proposals
  • Perform bid negotiations to reconcile bids to budgets
  • Prepare cost comparisons, proposals and market trend analysis
  • Perform detailed quantity surveys
  • Verify pricing on materials and labor
  • Provide value engineering solutions
  • Coordinate the collection of information from consultants in order to prepare conceptual budgets
  • Develop and maintain cost databases


  • Bachelor's degree in Construction Management
  • 8+ years of estimating experience in commercial projects with a general contractor
  • Understanding of metric and imperial conversion, as well as experience dealing with international exchange rates
  • Ability to perform detailed takeoffs for all CSI divisions
  • Proficient in MS Office, including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Experience with Navisworks for quantity takeoffs
  • Experience with WinEst and Paydirt software preferred, but not required
  • Ability to achieve thoroughness and accuracy when multi-tasking
  • Experience in site work, including soils mitigation practices
  • Ability to review and summarize information from geotechnical reports and environmental site assessments
  • Familiarity with alternate types of foundation systems (e.g., piles, caissons, and mat slabs)

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At MG2, we dive in and dig deep. We enjoy what we do and the people we do it with. We’re curious, empathetic and (mostly) ego-free. We push each other to be even better, support each other when things get stressful and go all out to help our client’s achieve their goals.

Our culture is based on recognition and appreciation. So we celebrate birthdays. And anniversaries. And every other Friday, we get together for an all-office breakfast buffet.

We design over-the-top, insanely detailed gingerbread houses, dominate rec-league sports and know all the best happy hours around. Most importantly, we take time to give back to our communities, together.

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