Infrastructure Construction Management Data Center Construction Cost Estimator

(Menlo Park, CA)

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Facebook is seeking an experienced individual to join our Data Center Construction team as a Construction Cost Estimator. The Construction Cost Estimator must be experienced in developing complex program, project, and system level budgets based on internal historical costs metrics, industry cost benchmarks, market cost analytics, and from personal cost estimating experience. A successful candidate must be detail orientated, have experience producing accurate estimates on multiple projects at a time, and be able to estimate and prepare budgets abstractly. Our data centers are the foundation upon which our software operates with efficient ease. Building and operating data centers the "right" way from the day they go live is synonymous with ensuring capacity availability and capital conservatism. The Construction Cost Estimator will work with a team of planners, architects, system designers, third party vendors and internal stakeholders to outline the scope of work, estimate costs, and prepare overall budgets for new data center projects and associated MEP system innovations. The responsibilities of this role will be to gather technical requirements for the project and produce accurate and timely cost estimates and overall budgets. In addition, the estimator will maintain historical databases of project costs for use in future estimate development and project cost bridging. The role will also provide oversight of outside vendors and potentially internal resources to provide necessary support to produce larger and/or multiple concurrent cost estimates for new projects and/or systems. This position is for a full-time employee and located in our Menlo Park offices. However, the project locations will be spread across United States and the world. Managing stakeholders located across all these regions and time zones is a significant challenge and is key to the success of the projects.


  • Develop cost estimates for new build data center projects by working with business stakeholders, both internal and external, to gather technical project information and produce associated detail cost estimates and overall budgets
  • Communicate clearly and concisely on the status of project cost estimation
  • Develop internal processes around cost estimation that leverage internal historical cost metrics as well as resources from external venders
  • Transition costs from estimates to control budgets based on established Work Breakout Structure coding and steward costs as they transition to the project cost control team
  • Provide reconciliation analysis between projects and estimate revisions
  • Build and maintain a cost database which captures historical actuals spent for use in future estimates, project cost bridging, as well as strategic negotiations with external venders
  • Assist On-site Construction Mangers with detailed cost review of large complex project design or field changes, or as requested
  • Build internal and/or leverage third party tools to prepare estimates as well as detailed cost for multiple stages of project development
  • Oversee external estimating vendors and potentially internal resources to produce project estimates and budgets

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering, or related field degree
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in construction project estimation
  • Knowledge of Level of Detail (LOD) as it relates to cost estimation, vendor/supplier quotation analysis, and ability to present costs to a diverse audience
  • Analytical and results focused
  • Experienced in communicating and presenting cost estimates to a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Understanding of cost estimation of mechanical and electrical systems
  • Willing to travel up to 25% of time as needed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior leadership or management experience
  • Prior construction estimating experience in data centers, high technology or related sector

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