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Estimator/Job Planner

Company: Taylor Corp
Location: Bloomington
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Let Us Power Your Potential

Taylor Corporation is a dynamic, diversified company with big plans for the future and your career. We power our employees' potential and strive to create opportunity and security for every member of the team. If you're ready for something bigger more challenge, more variety, more pathways for professional growth we should talk. We're passionate about our work, we believe there is always a better way, and we're looking for people like you.

Ready to reach your potential? It's time to look at Taylor.

Your Opportunity: Curtis 1000, a division of Taylor Corporation, is seeking an Estimator / Planner responsible for the quick and efficient processing of quotes for multiple product lines and maintaining a balance between company profitability and the ability to secure the order.

Your Shift:

  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (overtime as needed)

Your Responsibilities:

  • Receive and respond to quote request from the sales group and the Customer Service department for Core/Commercial, Digital and Direct Mail job categories

  • Review and prepare response to RFP's and large direct opportunities by gathering details and compiling data for all production cost according to specifications.

  • Understand the "cost" pricing structure; factors such as material cost, spoilage and make ready.

  • Provide continual evaluation of processes and procedures.

  • Set the standard for developing appropriate and effective working relationships with Sales Management, BDMs, Sales Representatives and vendors.

  • Work with CSR's, AM's and Sales Reps to understand customer requirements.

  • Research product to ensure product knowledge as well as best avenue for vendor pricing.

  • Helps determine necessary resources for projects based on cost estimates and budgetary constraints.

  • Estimate job costs and apply the appropriate markup based on product category.

  • Maintain estimating system; close quotes, de-activate old quotes, add/change supplier codes and contact names.

  • Research appropriate sources for quotes by utilizing the supplier database/library

  • Work with suppliers to gain knowledge of their production capabilities and learn about new products.

  • Analyze vendor pricing and negotiate vendor costs.

  • Quote alternative items as needed to meet requirements and secure the order.

  • Plan work the most cost-efficient way through the plant and outside vendors.

  • Proactively follow-up and communicate quote statue to Sales Rep or CSR / AM.

  • Strive to improve processes and cost efficiencies.

  • Ability to convert estimate into a working plan including detailed imposition ready layouts to prepress and finishing departments that meet the quality standards for company and the client

You Must Have:

  • High School diploma or equivalent, with one to three years of related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Advanced negotiation skills and knowledge of press capabilities and printing procedures.

  • Basic understanding of the print process along with basic paper knowledge; paper grades.

  • Knowledge and the ability to use computerized estimating systems, Monarch, and Kodak Upfront Production Planning Software.

  • Understanding of page layouts, press laybacks, etc.

  • Ability to effectively respond to questions from management, customers, sales representatives, and employees.

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratios, percent and draw and interpret graphs; Strong math skills.

  • Manage telephone calls professionally and efficiently; ability to communicate both written and verbally

  • Ability to work well under pressure; work with diverse personalities and deal effectively with conflict.

  • Strong work ethics, dependable, accountable, and displays a sense of urgency.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook system to include calendar, e-mail, task list, etc.; excellent computer (Microsoft Office Suite) and data entry skills.

  • Proficient in Excel with the ability to create spreadsheets with simple formulas

  • Ability to use experience and independent judgment to make effective decisions

  • Excellent problem solving (think outside the box), follow-up, decision making, and organizational skills

  • Attention to details with minimal errors.

We Would Also Prefer:

  • College degree

  • Advanced negotiation skills and knowledge of press capabilities and printing procedures

Here is how we are going to keep you safe in the workplace:

Our focus continues to be on our employees and their wellbeing, and we have taken steps to ensure your safety in all our facilities. The following are workplace safety guidelines in each of our Taylor locations:

  • Work from home in accordance with CDC and state guidelines

  • Masks are provided and required in all our facilities

  • Employees will maintain at least 6 feet of distance whenever possible

  • We have hand sanitizer and soap & water readily available

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection of high traffic areas

  • Communication & Action Plans if one of our employees shows symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19

About Taylor Corporation

One of the top five graphics communications companies in North America, Taylor's family of companies provide a diverse set of products, services and technologies addressing the toughest communication challenges. For 45 years, Taylor has been a premier provider of powerful and innovative products, services and expertise for individuals, businesses and distributors large and small. Our 12,000+ employees spanning more than 25 states and nine countries work diligently to create the interactive, printing and marketing solutions that have helped build some of the world's more recognizable brands. Everything we do begins with identifying the unique priorities and needs of our customers and creating one-of-a-kind solutions. We offer a full range of benefits to power our employees' potential including health, dental, vision and life insurance; a 401(k) plan; paid time off (PTO) and holiday pay, and more.

Taylor Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

Curtis 1000 Inc.

is an Equal Opportunity Employer, please see our EEO policy.

Keywords: Taylor Corp, Bloomington , Estimator/Job Planner, Other , Bloomington, Illinois

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