• Capital Projects Cost Estimator

    Location US-NJ-Ewing
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Exp. (Yrs)
    Full Time
    Visa Sponsorship
    Domestic Travel Required
    Int'l Travel required
    Company Vehicle
    Working from Home Office
    Relocation Eligible
  • Company Overview

    For over twenty years, FMC Lithium has been innovating, manufacturing and delivering products and technologies to power a cleaner, healthier and more mobile world. We have grown as a leader in the industry through partnership with our customers, thriving in a marketplace full of challenges and opportunities. The success we’ve achieved follows a simple but critical promise to our customers: provide consistent, high quality products, ensure security of supply, and anticipate solutions for future needs; all backed by a deep expertise in material science.


    This expertise and the unprecedented growth in the market made it clear that FMC Lithium is ready to separate into an independently traded company by the end of 2018. The FMC Lithium business is poised to stand on its own with leaders and talent that will drive the organization to greater opportunities and accomplishments. We are investing in our future and our customers’ future, and our best is yet to come.


    The Capital Projects Cost Estimator will be responsible for projects primarily ranging from ­$2 million to $300 million, with some support for smaller, site-based projects.  The incumbent will interact with project teams from FEL-0 (project concept) through FEL-3 (Authorization), and support the CDP (Capital Deployment Process) as required.


    • Support CDP by developing comprehensive and well-documented Class 5 through Class 3 estimates as defined by AACE criteria and internal guidelines.
    • Establish clear and concise expectations through the use of Estimate Plans or similar documentation.
    • Document the key elements of the estimate in a Basis of Estimate or similar document.
    • Integrate estimates received from AE and CM firms and other 3rd party sources
    • Validate consolidated estimates using benchmarked data
    • Develop estimates for owner costs/internal resource allocations.
    • Actively participate and effectively communicate as a member of CDP Project Teams, contributing in regular team meetings and key deliverable reviews, such as risk assessments, lessons learned, etc. to develop a project scope that reflects the business objectives.
    • Prepare various in-depth analysis; such as contingency estimates, estimate bridges, etc.
    • Prepare Monte Carlo risk assessments for estimates, using @Risk platform
    • Supervise, manage and validate outsourced estimate development
    • Conduct site visits to understand/validate estimates and to meet with AE/CM partners
    • Review the post-mortem project execution cost bridges with Project Controls Lead
    • Develop/improve guidelines, tools, templates and procedures relevant to cost estimating.
    • Maintain estimating databases, including cost benchmarks, for future factored estimates
    • Contribute to development of training and materials for project managers, engineers, functional managers, and others, as required
    • Support the IPA (Independent Project Analysis) “Pacesetter” and “Closeout” analyses
    • Review internal and/or external large scope changes and verify the estimate(s)

    Required Education

    BS or relevant technical degree


    • 10 years’ experience in project cost estimating for international chemical or industrial plants, from project conception through closeout.
    • Expertise of various estimating software, including Aspen (Capital Cost Estimator/In-Plant Estimator)
    • Experience with setting up and managing estimate reconciliation process
    • Experience with cost estimate database development/maintenance
    • Familiarity with stage-gated project development processes.
    • In-depth knowledge of engineering, procurement and construction, and understanding of how these functions work together to accomplish successful capital investments
    • Experience in project management and ability to work with multiple teams and disciplines
    • Organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Written and verbal technical communication skills.

    EEO Statement

    FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status. FMC supports a drug-free workplace. 


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