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Outsource estimators to the Philippines

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What is an estimator?

An estimator is responsible for estimating the amount, cost, materials, labour and resources needed to complete a particular project or design. They often work on construction or engineering projects where they collaborate with engineers, managers and architects to discuss budgets and costs. 

Estimator duties and tasks can include:

  • Preparation of estimates and budgets regarding the overhead, building and manufacturing costs of projects
  • Managing overall costs and recommending ways to reduce expenses
  • Negotiating with contractors and sub-contractors in regards to labour costs
  • Liaising with suppliers to discuss prices and discounts
  • Researching the value and feasibility of a project before it begins.

These engineering tasks are particularly well-suited to being outsourced. Organisations free up their local teams’ time by sending these tasks to outsourced estimators. This allows your onshore team to focus on performing higher value, revenue generating work.

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What key skills and qualifications make a great estimator?

Estimators can communicate complex financial information to non-financial stakeholders such as architects and engineers. They possess mathematical knowledge and IT skills, which heightens their attention to detail when it comes down to preparing estimates for all products and materials.

Outsourcing services recruit estimators the same way an internal talent acquisition team would. Essentially, they ask the same questions to understand whether these offshore candidates would be able to provide the level of quality required by Australian organisations:

  • What experience and knowledge do you have working as an estimator or a similar role in an accounting function within project management?
  • What are your mathematical skills like?
  • How do you ensure excellent communication between stakeholders such as architects, engineers, vendors and contractors throughout the project lifecycle?
  • How do you analyse different manufacturing or construction techniques to identify the most cost-effective solution for a project? 
  • Provide an example of how you showcased a high level of accuracy and attention to detail; especially when considering how a minor change in estimates can have a significant effect on the overall cost of a project?
  • What computer software are you familiar with in terms of budgeting? How familiar are you with Excel?

In terms of qualifications, a higher education degree or certificate in mathematics, civil engineering, construction science or a Cert IV in building and construction (estimating) is desirable. Outsourcing companies can help you find the right candidate to meet your organisation's estimating requirements. Hiring an offshore estimator who can work independently and possesses strong numeracy skills, means they can efficiently support and coordinate with your onshore teams to increase revenue and improve efficiency.

What are the benefits of outsourcing estimator roles offshore?

Organisations are able to appreciate the added benefits that come from offshoring estimator duties to the Philippines, including:

  • Increased employee satisfaction

    Give your local team peace of mind by relieving them of any unnecessary tasks and sharing the workload with an offshore team or team member. This will help increase employee satisfaction within your business. With your estimator team able to focus on what they were hired to do, you can expect to see a positive change in your working atmosphere.

  • Cost savings

    Hiring local staff can prove very costly to an organisation. Hiring an offshore team member that can assist your local team with routine estimator tasks for a fraction of the price will help you control costs in your organisation, saving up to 70% when compared to hiring locally.

  • Business growth

    Hiring full time offshore estimator can help increase profits and supercharge your business growth. By adding extra capability through an offshore team, your local employees will have additional capacity to take on more work and grow your business sustainably.

  • Efficiency increase

    Sending daily, time consuming, repeatable estimator tasks offshore will allow your local team to take on more work. By sharing the workload between your onshore and offshore team, you will notice a drastic increase in efficiency and productivity within your organisation.

What are the costs associated with outsourcing HR specialist roles?

Outsourcing your estimator roles to the Philippines can represent significant cost savings of up to 70%. At Beepo, we offer a simple monthly fee to help you reduce your overheads and focus on growing your business. This monthly fee covers everything: including infrastructure, security, recruitment and training, management and staff benefits.

For more detailed information on costs, please arrange a business consultation so we can tailor a solution to your business needs.

How does hiring an outsourced estimator work?

This first step is to find out if your business is offshore ready. If the answer is yes, here are the next steps:

  • Create a job description: to help us hire the right candidate for your role. We can also assist in this process to ensure we are finding the best talent in the current local market. 
  • Source the right candidate: we source candidates across our database and the local market before presenting you with a shortlist of the most suitable candidates available. 
  • Screen and interview: you screen, interview and select the candidate(s) you’d like to hire while we take care of the infrastructure set up to get them ready to work for your business. It’s usually around six to eight weeks to get your offshore staff up and running.
  • Onboard and train: your business, along with the operational assistance of our offshore management team, organise new staff onboarding and training, including the use of your systems, any relevant processes and workflows they may need and an overview of your company values and culture. This will help your new team member fit seamlessly into your organisation and assist in effective change management with your existing onshore team members.

The Beepo advantage

Beepo is an outsourcing company based in Australia that offers businesses a distinct competitive edge with offshore staffing solutions. We take the time to understand the hardships our clients face when it comes to recruiting hard working, dedicated staff. The Philippines is renowned for its rich talent pool. This makes us adept at finding and recruiting the best talent for our clients.

Additional construction and engineering roles and services your business can outsource to the Philippines

So, you've decided to send your outsource estimating tasks to the Philippines to take advantage of the benefits of outsourcing. Why not consider embracing offshoring solutions for your other construction and engineering services as well? Take a look at the below list of roles and services that are well-suited to offshoring:

Interested in learning more about the outsourced solution we can provide for your business?