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Is estimating a crucial skill for construction leaders?

Posted by Jim Fearon, Hays Canada VP, on Monday, Jul 25, 2016

Hays Blog: Estimating a key skill set for senior leadershipWant to get to senior leadership? What does it take to get to senior leadership? The Hays DNA of a VP of Construction report broke down the key career steps.

“You need a strong estimating background, you need field experience, you need enough diversity so when you get into a leadership position you understand the perspectives of the people around you.”
- Chris Gower, COO Buildings, Turner Construction.

1. Qualifications that matter
In the early stages of your career look to get a broad range of experiences across multiple sectors within construction. This will help you later in your career as you manage cross-functional teams.

2. Becoming a business leader
Managing projects and teams takes more than just people management skills, it also takes business leadership.

Those who are successful at achieving senior management roles can run the day-to-day operations, and apply market and industry knowledge to strategic business plans. Being commercially aware, building strong relationships with everyone in your organization, and constantly striving to improve processes will demonstrate your commitment to the company’s vision while providing tangible examples of your leadership capabilities.

3. Beyond you; building high-performing teams
Construction is an industry driven by relationships. Your individual success is highly dependent on the success of your team. Include your team in your strategy to get buy-in to the vision, hire the right people, and create a collaborative working culture to get the best out of each individual. Employers will look to see if you can not only people manage but empower performance excellence.

Looking for your next step towards leadership? Check out the latest jobs below, or search for opportunities in your area.

Job Title Location Job ID
Commercial Estimator Calgary 1047451
Junior/Intermediate Estimator Toronto 1048591
Civil Estimator Langley 1047531
Senior Estimator Vancouver 1047547
Chief Estimator Toronto 1049204
Senior Estimator Edmonton 1034473


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