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Director, Estimating

Posted July 27, 2022

Bethesda, MD
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About This Job

With a career at HMSHost, you really benefit! We offer:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, flex or sick)
  • Holiday pay
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free parking and onsite fitness center
  • Wellbeing Support Program
  • Training and exciting career growth opportunities
  • Referral program – refer a friend and earn a bonus


The Director of Estimating is responsible for providing cost estimates for Airport Food & Beverage and Retail facilities; and performing all other responsibilities as directed by the business or as assigned by management.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborates with Design, Procurement, Project Management, Restaurant Development Portfolio managers, Business Development Finance, Developers and company Executives.
  • Accountable to understanding and interpreting the Request for Proposals from airports and design criteria to ensure an accurate capex estimate.
  • Works directly with the Procurement and Design teams to ensure the accuracy of estimate through the review of the renderings and floor plans to ensure we are still on budget.
  • Produces detailed and conceptual estimates for renovations, conversions and new builds of Food & Beverage and Retail locations.
  • Reviews drawings and provides updated estimates at 10%, 30% and 90% to ensure we are within budget, or if not, identifies the magnitude of the cost over-run.
  • Provides value engineering (VE) ideas/suggestions as needed during all stages of a project.
  • Analyzes for the Project Director the general contractor and FF&E bids and scope changes for accuracy in quantities and pricing. Highlight any areas of concern for the PD.
  • Utilize and maintain companies program management ftp site (USGN) estimating module.
  • Provides capital comparison and analysis by market and project type for each project estimated to validate cost verses historical data.
  • Provide reports from database project costs, project comparisons, and track department performance against budgets and cost per square foot goals.
  • Creates and maintains project costs database

Reporting relationship and other important information

  • The Director of Estimating position as described falls under the Fair Labor Standards act as an Exempt position
  • This position typically reports to the Senior Director, Design and Construction Program Support.
  • The position may require travel occasionally to support the requirements of the business up to 20%.

Minimum Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Work Environment

  • Requires an understanding of construction management financial and operational acumen typically gained through a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Project Management, or related field of study, and 7 - 10 years of experience estimating construction projects in commercial real estate development and/or multi-unit restaurant companies.
  • Requires supervisory experience, including delegation of tasks, issue resolution, coaching, and motivating others.
  • Requires experience reading and interpreting legal agreements, construction documents and be adept at conceptual estimating
  • Requires ability to integrate quantitative and qualitative data to identify interdependencies, trends, opportunities, etc. (intuitive business sense).
  • Requires a demonstrated ability to interact confidently and effectively with customers and senior leadership.
  • Requires experience with MS Office including strong working knowledge of Excel. Experience with Peoplesoft and estimating and project management software strongly preferred.

Disclaimer All job requirements are subject to change to reflect the evolving position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

HMSHost is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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6905 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817

(240) 694-4100

Corporate Office

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the leader in travel dining with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard for Customer Service and Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards gave first place honors to both of HMSHost’s Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. ACI-NA, the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, recognized HMSHost with the 2020 Inclusion Champion Award, for leadership and achievement in the ongoing inclusion of business and workforce diversity, outreach, and advocacy. The company also creates original award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, and Eat Well. Travel Further.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. Visit for more information.