Construction Computer Software


Sr.Estimator / Sr Quantity Surveyor with CCS Candy Experience


Retheesh Kumar Karonnan
Street #33, Block #1,
Abu Halifa, Kuwait
Mobile: +965 97221537 / +91 9961466406


Construction industry professional with over 22-year experience (current 18+ years in the Gulf) and senior level expertise in techno-commercial of pre-& post-contract project functions, seeking assignment as:

Extensive experience in technical bid development, quantity surveying, estimation, proposals, tendering, and subcontracting. Strong understanding of civil construction, different types of contracts, engineering codes and standards. Proven ability to optimize bid cost in maximizing margin as well as facilitating bid success. Working experience with contracting/construction companies in the Kuwait & India. Areas of expertise include:

 Estimation & Costing
 Bid Cost Optimization
 Project Specs Analysis
 Submissions Coordination
 Quantity Surveying
 Bid Technical Coordination
 Subcontracts Development
 Bid / Tender Negotiations
 Bid & Tender Evaluations
 Team Leadership


• Leadership ability to advise & guide a team of Quantity Surveyors pre- & post-contract “Quantity Take Off – BOQ – Specs – Costing – Estimation” cycle, including interpretation of tender/contract documents.

• In-depth experience in budgeting & detailing of subcontract packages/construction packages/WBS packages/procurement packages to provide a clear picture of overall budget and facilitate financial planning for the project.

• Proactive and highly effective in driving & implementing cost control measures at all stages of projects, researching market rates, analyzing quotes, negotiating to secure best rates for the client and workable rate for the subcontractor/vendor.

• Proactive in identifying contractual risks and opportunities in commercial as well as execution terms, while effectively mitigating risks and leveraging opportunities for satisfactory performance of the contracts, ensuring benefit to the company.

• Excellent ability to engage, manage and coordinate design & engineering functions to develop bid/tender technical document with competitive pricing, while controlling final documentation and approval process.

• Deft at analyzing and reviewing quotes pre- and post-submission, comparative evaluation of tenders, negotiation of tenders, preparation of pre-qualifications, post-tender discussions & correspondence, developing LOI & subcontract Agreements, etc.

• Advanced IT skills in application and usage of Candy-CCS, MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Autocad.



• Diploma in Civil Engineering, (1994)

Training & Courses

• Candy CCS, Course C202 – Construction Planning & Programming / May 2013
• Candy CCS, Course C204 – Construction Estimating / Jun 2012
• Autocad
• MS office & Windows


Mushrif Trading & Contracting Company – KUWAIT Aug 2011 – Present (5 years)


• Discuss and finalize project-specific proposal strategy with senior management

• Study, analyze and interpret tender scope, drawings, functional requirements and specifications

• Seek pre-bid clarification from Client and/or project consultants against doubts and queries as may arise

• Evaluate tender/project risks and ensure risk coverage in estimation, tender terms & conditions and specifications
• Coordinate with design & engineering teams for working out details of projects meant for bidding on functional specs
• Communicate costing guidelines and lead a team of Quantity Surveyors & Cost Engineers in development of estimates
• Review and compile cost submissions for different packages and finalize bid cost with senior management

• Finalize subcontract scope of works with project manager/construction manager, and deliver cost estimates

Proposal & Tenders

• Prepare and compile techno-commercial bid/tender document and secure legal and commercial vetting

• Manage bid submission process with commercial team, and pre- & post-bid correspondences

• Engage in negotiations with Client and justify techno-commercial submissions in the interest of Client and Company

• Scrutinize award document and raise/finalize deviation issues with Client before formally handing over to contracts manager

• Represent the Company in meetings with potential Clients (making technical presentations, where required) & Subcontractors

• Prepare Subcontractors’ prequalification and tender documents, and reply to pre-bid queries of Subcontractors

• Evaluate and negotiate Subcontract tenders & quotes, finalize & process awards, including framing of contract agreements


• Set-up analytical Estimation Library for CCS software

• Participated in most of the significant tenders (e.g. SE-66 Central Telemetry Building at Ardiya, , KOC – Small Boat Harbours, Sabah Al Salem University City Bid Pack 6A & 6B (Decked Parking & Shelters), Ali Al Sabah Military Academy Project, New Jahra Hospital, Al Jahra Court Complex, Al Farwaniya Court Complex, Criminal Evidence Headquarter, PAHW 879-Jaber Al Ahmed City N1 & N2, PAHW-949 Naseem Area, PAHW-971 Wafra, National Guard Al Samoud Camp, CPA/288 Building of the property management & BOT Body, SPA 196 Experts dept headquarter, New KGOC Main office building, Al-Bidda Roundabout & Bridge on Gulf Rd, SE-158 TSE Network and Reservoirs, etc.), with considerable rate of success

Quantity Surveyor
ACICO CONSTRUCTION – KUWAIT May 1998 – July 2011 (13 years)

• Computing the Quantities
• Preparation of BOQ & Price analysis for Tenders
• Analyse quotation from Suppliers & Sub contractors
• Preparation progress report & payments
• Preparing Statement for Subcontractor’s monthly Payment
• Preparing Tender & Contracts documents which includes BOQ
• Participated in Tender submission
• Preparation of estimate & budgets for various type of buildings such as Villas, Chalets, Multi storied residential buildings, Towers & Hotels


Site Engineer
Suprisons Engineers & Contractors – INDIA Jan 1997 – Mar 1998 (15 months)

Key Projects Handled
• Multi storied residential buildings for Southern Naval Command, Cochin, India

• Diving School for Southern Naval Command Cochin, India

• Community Hall

Apprenticeship Trainee
Cochin Port Trust- INDIA Jan 1996 – Dec 1996 (1 year)

• Coordinated contracts and supervised the construction of :
 Road works such as BBM surfacing, Concreting of base coarse, Bituminous surfacing works
 Paving of Pre-cast concrete blocks & surveying in connection with the work of strengthening of Container yard

Site Engineer
Suprisons Engineers & Contractors – INDIA May 1994 – Dec 1995 (20 months)

Key Projects Handled
• Over Head Water tank for Defence security Corps in Kannur, India

• Under Ground Sump, Pump House & Water supply works for Military Engineering Services


• Date of Birth: May 27, 1976

• Languages Known: English (fluent), Hindi, Malayalam (native), Arabic (workable)

• Nationality: Indian

• Passport No: L5936522, valid till 30/03/2024

• Visa Status: Kuwaiti Residence Visa (fully transferable)

• Permanent Address: Karuna, P.O Uliyil, Kannur, Kerala, INDIA