Lead Estimator

Are you ready to break free of the mundane?

Looking for a place where you can lead and solve problems? Where you can drive success and make an impact? Where each day brings a new challenge?

An exciting position is currently available for a Lead Estimator in our Project Management Department. We are looking for a candidate with proven experience leading and managing a team to solve complex engineering focused problems in an entrepreneurial environment. This position is primarily responsible for providing leadership to a cross functional team who develops and estimates solutions for varied customers.

Come join a growing company that has continually evolved for over 60 years with an innovative vision and supportive culture. CHL Systems is a provider of custom automation equipment that offers project management, engineering, design, manufacturing and installation services for a variety of industries including food, pharma and heavy industry to name a few.



  • Lead a team to develop solutions, provide concepts, sub deliverables (WBS), cost data and analysis for estimate review and presentations
  • Lead a team to develop, track and improve bid and procurement strategies to optimize efficiency and accuracy
  • Review and evaluate requests for estimates
  • Lead a team to identify and account for risk elements
  • Lead a team to develop comprehensive cost estimates
  • Review estimates and revisions for completeness and accuracy
  • Drive internal and external lines of communication
  • Validate estimate details and analyze margins
  • Manage workload and estimate quality of departmental estimators
  • Coordinate and participate in job site visits, less than ten percent travel
  • Maintain cost estimating tools to categorize analyze information on past performance and industry standards



  • B.S Engineering, or related fields, MBA preferred or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 5 years work experience in capital equipment design/build (protein, confection and pharma material handling experience preferred)
  • Work experience in equipment manufacturing, estimating, rapid product development, R&D
  • Proven Leadership experience in a fast-paced data driven environment
  • Flexibility to effectively deal with changing priorities and timelines through analytical problem-solving
  • Able to work independently and in a collaborative team-oriented environment
  • Displays superior written and oral communication skills
  • Works well within tight time constraints
  • Ability to balance competing requirements
  • Possess an effective combination of process and business mindsets
  • Ability to work at detail level
  • Nimble
  • Comfortable working with ambiguity


CHL Offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance
  • Short Term Long Term and Life insurance
  • 401(k) with Company Match
  • Holidays and Vacation Days
  • Safety Program Incentives
  • Employee Appreciation Events