Cost Estimation Analyst

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Hanwha Q CELLS USA Corp (“HQC US”) develops, invests, and delivers solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage systems (BESS) projects through Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) services in North America.

The company brings a decade of global leadership in solar PV to deliver utility-scale power generation plants customized for local and regional energy markets. HQC US offers the full spectrum of PV solutions – from the core technology of cells and modules to large-scale project development and investment. With proven capabilities across the solar and battery storage value chain, HQC US minimizes uncertainty and risk and helps customers achieve a higher return on their investment in renewable energy.

SUMMARY
An Estimation Analyst is responsible for reviewing drawings, specifications, vendor proposals, subcontractor quotes, and tracking historical costs to develop an estimation database for utility scale solar and battery energy storage projects. Other responsibilities will be to provide support in preparing budgetary engineering, procurement, construction estimates for commercial, utility scale solar and battery energy storage projects. This position reports to the Director of Cost Estimation, or another management personnel that the President of the Company may designate. This position reports to the Irvine, CA office but will maintain a remote or hybrid schedule of working out of their home office and the Irvine, CA office. Working hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm or 9:00am to 6:00pm local time. This position is expected to travel up to 10% of the time.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Regular attendance, in accordance with company's attendance policy and supervisory assignment, is an essential job duty requirement for this position
  • Calculate various statistical data: historical pricing, quantity take-offs, material price lists, labor costs, indexes, subcontracts, productivity analysis reports. These will be constructed into unit and person-hour figures
  • Track and research historical data, compile summary reports, bridging documents to develop guidelines and precedence for future estimates
  • Develop and continuously improve the estimation process (Level Bidding)
  • Maintain a historical pricing database
  • Develop unit pricing (dc watt pricing) based on production rates and subcontractor input
  • Reviews proposal specifications, drawings to determine the scope of work responsibilities
  • Prepare value engineering, risk analysis of each project and production of assumptions and exclusions determined during the creation of the cost estimate.
  • Reviews design options, recommends best solution based on cost, engineering, quality, or availability of materials
  • Conduct Site evaluation, review of developer documents, studies, environmental reports, and identify mitigation requirements to determine the feasibility of the project
  • Develop and continuously improve the estimation process (Level Bidding)
  • Proficient in developing and issuing RFP’s to qualified vendors and subcontractors
  • Ensure RFP’s establish basis of scope and pricing from supplier/subcontractor
  • Create analytical reports, compiling historical pricing, primary price lists, labor costs, productivity reports. These reports will assist with future estimates
  • Investigate and evaluate labor in the local and regional market to determine estimate requirements on wages, per-diem, housing, travel, and other requirements necessary to ensure the estimate captures the appropriate plan and cost
  • Ensures company labor strategies are adhered to and accomplished as needed

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor’s degree either in Engineering, Construction Management, Finance/Business, or the equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of cost analysis experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the PV utility industry
  • Battery Energy Storage knowledge and experience required.
  • Advanced knowledge Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel and Projects) and estimating platform.
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings, purchase orders, contracts, cost coding systems.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent Excel and Smartsheet’s proficiency
  • Ability to work accurately and quickly under pressure for multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated history of delivery results.
  • Ability to interact with senior-level management internally and externally.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present and explain complex information clearly.
  • Data-based decision-making oriented.
  • Use of Accubid data-based estimation software`
The above-listed salary range is required by the California Pay Transparency Act and may differ depending on the location of those candidates hired nationwide. The salary range shared in the job description is for the listed position and only pertains to the candidate if they work in Irvine, CA. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to internal pay equity, skill set, education, licenses and certifications, geographic location, essential job duties and requirements, and the necessary experience relative to the job’s minimum qualifications. An additional discretionary bonus structure or incentives may be offered as part of the overall compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, dental, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
  • Stationary Position: frequently remains stationary up to 90% of the time and sitting up to 8 hours in a day
  • Move/Traverse: infrequently bend, stand, stoop and/or walk
  • Carry Weight: infrequently carry weight and/or lift objects (light to heavy) weighing up to 10 pounds
  • Hearing and Speech: frequently communicates with the ability to hear and talk on a regular basis with employees, coworkers, and all personnel matters; must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations
  • Sight: frequent use of sight to detect images on computer, office documents, and office objects near and far
  • Climb: occasionally ascends/descends on stairway to get to office upper and lower floors
  • Travel: review above travel requirement for this position

WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • Regular professional, office business setting
  • Noise level ranges from low to moderate (if in office setting)
  • Noise level ranges from moderate to high (if on construction worksite)

Hanwha Q Cells is proud to be an at-will Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination against race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status and any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Hanwha Q Cells will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodations at hr-usa@qcells.com.
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