Estimator planner

A vacancy exists for an experienced estimator planner. This role will support the Business Development Manager through the process of evaluation and cost estimation/bid development and quotations for Machined Component work packages. Additional activities will include the repeat cost estimation for existing products, support of customer change activities, evaluation of estimate performance post-contract and supporting commercial requirements required for customer inputs.

Reports to: Business Development Manager
Business Systems Process User of: Extensive knowledge of CNC Turning and 3, 4 and 5 axis CNC Milling machines

Responsible for

  • Evaluating technical drawings, models and specifications to accurately compile cost estimates
  • Evaluating and calculating the optimum manufacturing process, work centres, materials and special tooling required for all estimates produced
  • Investigating, evaluating and applying new technologies to estimates to ensure the best solution is met in line with the bid strategy
  • Ensuring all duties meet the required deadlines and customer requirements/expectations (both internal and external)
  • Recognising and identifying applicable business risks during bid development
  • Assisting the Business Development team by liaising with the customer during bid preparation
  • Performing appropriate engineering trade studies during bid preparation to establish the most cost-effective outcomes (this may include market testing components and/or working with machine tool companies to develop formal time studies)

Knowledge and Experience Required

Experienced CNC Engineer, Estimator and/or Machinist highly desirable (consideration will be given to time served machinist with office/planning experience). The ideal candidate will have the ability to work under pressure, handling multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. You will be a team player with initiative and the ability to work independently and have excellent interpersonal skills. Good communication skills when engaging with a variety of clients, from management to quality inspectors, is a must.

  • Holder of a Mechanical Engineering degree
  • Materials awareness and understanding/differentiating between materials including Titanium, Inconel and other heat resistant alloys
  • Knowledge of outside processes including heat treating, plating and other finishing
  • Experience using an MRP/CRM or ERP software systems
  • Experience of CAD (Solid Works preferred)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office computer skills, Excel/Word and Powerpoint

This job description is not exhaustive. The company expects employees to be flexible in their approach and to undertake reasonable extra duties that may be required.

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