Position Overview: We are seeking a detail-oriented and analytical Estimator to join our team and support customer requests for quotes (RFQs) in the manufacturing sector. In this role, you will play a crucial part in developing accurate and competitive proposals for custom manufactured products. Your proficiency in advanced Excel and strong mathematical skills will be essential in creating well-structured designs and cost-effective solutions. The ideal candidate should possess a proven track record in estimating, costing, and planning, preferably within a manufacturing environment.
- Collaborate with sales and production teams to gather necessary information for preparing quotes and proposals in response to customer RFQs.
- Utilize advanced Excel functions and mathematical models to analyze costs, materials, labor, and other relevant factors to accurately estimate project expenses.
- Develop comprehensive and detailed project designs, taking into consideration customer specifications, quality standards, and manufacturing capabilities.
- Assess project feasibility, potential risks, and alternatives to ensure competitiveness and profitability of proposed solutions.
- Conduct thorough cost analysis, including material costs, labor hours, equipment usage, and overhead, to determine accurate pricing for products.
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment between estimated costs and project execution, making necessary adjustments as needed.
- Keep accurate records of quotes, estimates, and related documentation, ensuring timely and organized retrieval of information.
- Continuously improve and refine estimating methodologies, tools, and processes to enhance accuracy and efficiency.
- Proven experience in estimating, costing, and/or planning, preferably within a manufacturing environment.
- Proficiency in advanced Excel functions, mathematical modeling, and data analysis techniques.
- Strong attention to detail with excellent organizational and multitasking abilities.
- Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to present complex concepts in a clear and understandable manner.
- Ability to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams and interact professionally and courteously.
- Familiarity with manufacturing processes, materials, and industry trends is a definite advantage.
- Problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically to address challenges and provide innovative solutions.
- Self-motivated, proactive, and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Strong work ethic and a commitment to delivering accurate, high-quality results within deadlines.