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Project Controls Estimator Senior - Project Hire

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 886695BR Location Orlando, Florida, United States; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Nov. 18, 2021

Job Summary:

"We create happiness.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen!

Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of Disney’s Parks and Resorts business segment. Representing more than 150 disciplines, its talented corps of Imagineers are responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks, and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships, and new media technology projects.

Walt Disney Imagineering has a current opening for a Senior Project Estimator in our Lake Buena Vista, FL offices. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conceptual and detailed estimating, design review, bid packaging, bid review, risk management, change order administration, and monitoring the design for adherence to the budget throughout the remaining project life cycle.


Under minimal supervision, will perform the following general duties and estimating/cost control duties:
  • Develop independent estimates for site work, infrastructure, area development, facilities, shows and rides, interior and themed finishes, and design
  • Perform drawing quantity take-offs and estimates using historical and standard rates while adjusting for site and project-specific factors
  • Develop fair price estimates for bids and complex project changes
  • Provide project team with cost guidance during all phases of the project
  • Participate in the negotiation of project change orders
  • Evaluate specifications, drawings, pre-bid meetings, and other project factors to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate
  • Develop total EFC through analysis, experience, and considering input from project teams, suppliers, and subcontractors for complex and large projects (i.e. E-ticket attraction, hotel, land)
  • Develop "what-if" cost estimates and analysis
  • Adjust historical and trend data to incorporate site and project-specific factors to validate estimates and cost forecasts
  • Implement highly effective cost control tools and reports and provide insightful analysis that contributes to cost certainty
  • Identify and assesses project risk and contingency determinations
  • Frequent communication, reporting, and interactions with project and studio team members including vendors and outside consultants on complex topics.
  • Fosters collaboration across various stakeholders to develop integrated and fully supported Project Controls plans, strategies, mitigations, and forecasts.
  • Contributes in project leadership meetings and serves as a trusted source of information and reliable analysis to project and studio leadership.
  • Able to summarize communications for management or executive presentations.
  • Ability to supervise, mentor, and train Associate and Staff Project Controls Specialists
  • Ability to direct outside consultants Project Controls staff
  • Routine day-to-day decision-making authority on Project Controls issues with moderate impacts to project delivery plan (and through consultation with Project Management). For complex items or items with a significant commercial, staffing, or schedule impact, works with principal or functional leaders in decision making.
  • Participate in performance assessment and feedback

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years cost control with estimating experience
  • Ability to supervise staff, consultants, and suppliers including setting goals, prioritization of tasks, coordinating work, and managing time
  • Knowledge of different types of contracting and procurement agreements and the impacts on Project Controls
  • Strong meeting leadership, facilitation, and alignment skills
  • Basic conflict resolution skills
  • Strong communication, collaboration, technical writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong knowledge of design, manufacturing, and/or construction
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Comfortable and efficient with complexity
  • Risk identification and management
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to normalize or condition bids and cost estimates for fair comparison
  • Ability to understand indirect impacts on cost and find cost gaps
  • Minimum five years in engineering/manufacturing/construction (non-residential) or six years major theatrical production experience
  • Minimum one year supervisory experience
  • Themed entertainment experience preferred

Required Education

  • 4 year undergraduate degree, preferably in a technical field such as engineering, architecture, construction management, or equivalent work experience in planning or estimating

Additional Information:

Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at

About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

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