Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
HAA ($141,918.40 - $177,923.20 - $213,907.20)
Job Summary
Manages and provides strategic direction to Metro′s estimating team engaged in the production of independent cost estimates, budgets, feasibility studies, design optimization, and constructability evaluations for projects and contracts; negotiates with contractors to save money for use on other projects and prevent waste of funds, while keeping Metro and contractors satisfied with project progress.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develops and plans the cost estimating program functions and activities
  • Directs, manages, organizes, guides, trains, develops, and motivates the Cost Estimating team
  • Develops, directs, and manages the implementation of cost estimating goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and strategic approaches and standards
  • Develops and evaluates impact of and implements policy and procedural improvements
  • Monitors activities of cost estimating to ensure conformance with goals and objectives of reporting unit and eliminate impediments to peak performance and efficiency
  • Establishes and monitors short- and long-range goals, budgets, schedules, and strategies
  • Directs the integration of activities performed by cost estimating staff and consultants
  • Directs the conducting of studies, investigations, and analyses at the direction of Executive Management and Board of Directors; and reports findings and recommendations to Executive Management and Board of Directors
  • Directs the cost estimating function to support development of budgets for Metro′s projects, planning and design of Metro′s projects through economic feasibility, design optimization and constructability evaluations and studies, and procurement and administration of Metro′s contracts
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and Metro′s rules, regulations, and policies
  • Oversees preparation of comprehensive technical evaluations and complex cost estimates and analyses for design and construction services for major capital projects
  • Analyzes costs of alternative designs and construction methods; evaluates complex quotes, bids, change orders, value engineering reports, and claims for accuracy and completeness of stated costs
  • Negotiates and manages consultant contracts; monitors and evaluates work of consultants, contract personnel, and vendors
  • Oversees the evaluation of cost estimating deliverables prepared by consultants for accuracy, uniformity, completeness, and compliance with Metro′s statement of work, specifications, estimating standards, and project objectives for cost-containment
  • Oversees the acquisition and evaluation of data on all factors that influence costs to ensure estimating databases are accurate
  • Oversees participation in the development of annual construction and other rail capital budgets, and preparing various budget amendments/adjustments
  • Oversees participation in the development of supporting documentation for funding and grant agreements with federal, state, and local agencies
  • Oversees participation in the development and modification of Metro′s long- and short-range transit plans
  • Participates in contract negotiations, as required, and negotiates resolutions of cost estimating and pricing issues
  • Responds to internal and external inquiries regarding cost estimating
  • Chairs and participates in various committees and task forces as related to cost estimating
  • Briefs Executive Management and the Board of Directors as necessary
  • Represents Metro at meetings, conferences, and public events with representatives of governmental agencies and professional and business organizations
  • Communicates Metro′s safety vision and goals; oversees the implementation of agency and departmental safety rules, policies, and procedures; maintains accountability for the safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)
  • Theories, principles, and practices of cost estimating, parametric methods, cost/price analysis, and government contract pricing
  • Analysis techniques for determining cost impacts resulting from project schedule delays and disruptions caused by submittal review and approval delays, period of performance changes, resequencing work activities, acceleration of work, resource stacking, and worksite access changes
  • Analysis techniques for determining cost impacts resulting from changes in project scope, construction processes and worksite conditions caused by differing site conditions; force majeure; labor disruptions; changes in design, building, and construction codes and standards; and discovery of unknown environmental hazards, paleontological fossils, and archaeological artifacts
  • Methods to evaluate contract claims to determine entitlement to compensation and prepare written entitlement analyses for Metro′s executive management
  • Techniques to analyze alleged incurred costs in contract claims to determine allowability and correct allocation to cost categories according to Metro′s standards
  • Engineering and construction concepts, techniques, means and methods, and transit relating equipment and systems
  • Engineering and construction drawings, specifications, schedules, and contracts
  • Construction industry design, building, and construction codes and standards
  • Sources of cost data in the construction industry
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations related to public agency contract administration and procurement
  • Applicable business software applications
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Modern management theories and team building methods

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)
  • Planning, organizing, and directing the work of the Cost Estimating Unit
  • Preparing reliable and accurate conceptual, preliminary, and detailed cost estimates for complex projects
  • Conducting research on pricing, escalation, manufacturing, and construction methods
  • Determining labor and equipment production and cost
  • Developing, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, recommending and implementing solutions, and evaluating outcomes
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions and recommendations
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Preparing and writing clear and comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees, the Board of Directors, and outside representatives
  • Conflict resolution
  • Managing and motivating assigned employees and contractors

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)
  • Meet tight time constraints and work under pressure
  • Enable team members to effectively work together and respect each other to achieve the best results
  • Monitor and evaluate assigned workloads
  • Plan financial and staffing needs
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret complex technical and cost data
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contract terms, and conditions, engineer drawings, technical statements of work, and labor/management agreements
  • Represent Metro before the public
  • Mediate, reconcile, and negotiate settlement of differences and disputes
  • Handle highly confidential information
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications
A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field; Master′s Degree in a related field preferred

  • Five years of relevant senior management-level experience overseeing and administering estimating activities for large or major civil or facilities projects; experience in public transit and in testifying as an expert witness in court trials preferred

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements
  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • California Professional Engineering (PE) License preferred
  • Exposure to hazardous conditions during visits to construction sites
Special Conditions
The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions
  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

Physical Effort Required
  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required


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This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.