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Project Estimator

Date: Jun 22, 2022

Location: Lake Charles, LA, US, 70665

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 20632

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.


Job Description

We’re hiring a Project Estimator, who will report to the Project Controls Leader for our Lake Charles (LC), LA site which is a leading manufacturer of Specialty Chemicals (SC) which is the world’s largest producer of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst for refineries. You will assist to develop and maintain a consistent and structured approach to project estimating for the site.


You will utilize existing Grace tools and deliverables within the Grace Project Methodology (GPM) to produce estimates at various project stages and improve upon local application of those tools and practices, including follow up on the cost performance in later stages to support cost control on individual projects and across the portfolio. 


This position requires working at our Lake Charles, LA site with the potential flexible work schedule (9 days x 80 hours; or 4 days x 10 hours per day). 


  • Learn and maintains a strong working knowledge of GPM and Accolade, as well as estimating tools of the trade
  • Produce project budgets and funding estimates at each stage gate with the appropriate level of detail, escalation and contingency per GPM guidelines and based on project size and complexity
  • Becomes site SME in regard to LC area factors such as taxes as applicable to projects, and cost trends in materials, contractor markups, base hourly rates by discipline, and application of proper productivity factors in the use of estimating tools such as ASPEN-ICARUS
  • Work with Project Managers (PM’s) in all phases of projects to ensure alignment of the master project scope (control estimate) and estimates/proposals received from vendors and service providers for the work. Provide support and feedback to PM’s on bid evaluations through the life of the projects.
  • Lead in the local development of a more robust and consistent WBS approach to the cost management from initial funding stage through the life of the project, resulting in cost structures that integrate well with SAP reporting as well as integrated cost and schedule management
  • Advancement in the application of WBS philosophy at the cost estimate stage will be coupled with a matching WBS approach to development of project schedules via MS Projects or Primavera, whereby enabling improvement and consistency in project cost forecasting
  • Actively engage with PM’s in application of the Change Management workflow when necessary, giving in depth assessment of cost and schedule impacts of individual changes and helping ensure proactive documentation and DOA compliance, signoffs, etc. 
  • Works with local and Corp Project Controls team members on continuous improvements initiatives and the development of estimating work processes. 
  • Maintain an ongoing dialog with the Maintenance and outage Schedulers/Planners to ensure project cost estimates and scopes are well aligned with outage planning and timing when applicable
  • Facilitate interfaces between Owner and Contractor estimate submittals and evaluations

Required Skills

  • Direct experience as a Project Engineer or Project Manager in multidiscipline projects and/or Construction Management in the industry
  • Proficient in Excel (pivot tables)

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in an engineering discipline
  • Leadership experience
  • Certification credentials from ACCEi or PMI



  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Plans 
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement



Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.


EOE Statement:  W. R. Grace & Co. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Lake Charles