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Vacancy: Residential Building Estimator

Role: Residential Building Estimator

Reports to: Estimating Operations Manager

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience

Basis: Permanent, full time, immediate start

Our Company

HBXL Professional Services Ltd are an HBXL Group company, the team behind market leading software and services for the construction industry.

HBXL Professional Services provides estimating services for small to medium sized building contractors across the UK. In addition to serving the building community we also provide our service through a network of prestigious self-build partners such as Build It magazine and Cost my Self Build. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, reliability and independent preparation of building cost estimates to ensure our client’s projects are successful.

The Estimator

We are looking for an Estimator with experience of residential construction and small works commercial construction. You’ll work on a range of projects – home extensions, new builds and conversions.

Note this is a home based role so you can be anywhere in the UK. This is a full time, permanent role but we’re open to a flexible approach on working hours. Immediate start available.

The Role and Responsibilities

Generate accurate and realistic costed estimates of building plans using HBXL’s own EstimatorXpress software (initially under the supervision of an Estimating Operations Manager but then independently)

Take off detailed information from construction drawings, specification, bills of quantities and schedule of works.

Liaise with other staff involved in the estimating team.

Work to agreed timetables and within the company’s process for estimating.

Maintain records and historical data as reference for budget preparation, and checking future estimates.

Essential Skills and Background

You will;

Critically come from a residential building background either as company owner / estimator / building surveyor

Have experience in estimating residential construction works and be able to read building plans

Ideally have previous experience of Estimating & Take-off software, especially HBXL’s own EstimatorXpress

Not essential but you might be qualified to either HNC/HND or degree level with a relevant industry sector qualification

Have excellent IT/PC skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet)

Have a good telephone manner and the ability to maintain relationships with clients

Meet deadlines without the need for prompting and use a common sense approach

Be cost conscious and demonstrate good commercial awareness

Be energetic, efficient, flexible and a good team worker


40 hours per week

Typical hours 9am-5.30pm with 30 mins for lunch but some flexibility as to working hours*

Some overtime required to meet deadlines

*We are open to new ways of working in order to attract and retain talented people. We understand that everyone has different needs and commitments. Therefore, we are open to discuss flexible requirements or needs that you may have for this role.


20 days statutory leave + Bank holidays

Dress code

Smart casual


Working from home so you can be anywhere in the UK!

Next step

If you’re interested in joining the team, please email Managing Director joanna.mulgrew@hbxl.co.uk with your CV asap and covering letter by 11/2/22. Interviews will be by Zoom.