Strategic Factory
  • 02-Nov-2019 to 01-Mar-2020 (EST)
  • Stores
  • Owings Mills, MD, USA
  • Full Time

Position Summary

While working as a Print Estimator, you will be tasked with fulfilling orders and performing tasks related to estimating, collecting and analyzing data in order to estimate the time, money, materials, and labor required to manufacture a product. You will use a specialized computer software program to build jobs and receive estimates. You will use information such as production time, material needs, and equipment and labor expenses to estimate a project's profit margin. Additionally, you will contact vendors to estimate the cost of sending the job to another company for production. The estimator provides outstanding customer service to internal and external customers as they examine specifications and samples and assist in planning the production process. The person in this position assists with performing the operational functions of the department, providing excellent customer service and ensuring an accurate estimate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Consult with personnel in the sales department to discuss specifications and formulate estimates
  • Utilize specialized computer software to enter job information and receive an accurate estimate
  • Contact vendors to acquire pricing alternatives and coordinate outsource projects by pricing and coordinating with outsourcers
  • Format and create a detailed proposal for a manager's consideration
  • Following a manager's review, you will return the estimate to the sales department for distribution to the customer
  • Revise estimates as needed due to specific changes in the order
  • May assist with analyzing and updating estimate standards
  • Review material and labor requirements to decide whether it is more cost-effective to produce or purchase components
  • Communicate with supervisors, peers, or subordinates to receive feedback
  • Coordinate with managers to meet deadlines and identify new projects
  • Enter information into the computer in order to keep track of jobs and assignments

Nonessential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Occasionally coordinate with members of the production team while preparing an estimate  
  • Work on job assignments in other departments as instructed


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or general education degree (GED) but no prior experience or training is required

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret important documents such as work orders and estimate documents

Ability to speak effectively with co-workers, managers, and customers

Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts using decimals and fractions

Mathematical operations applied to calculating price is critical

Reasoning Ability

Ability to use judgment and critical thinking to analyze estimates is crucial

Computer Skills

Performing this job successfully requires that an individual have a solid understanding of computers, data entry, and interpretation of results obtained

Other Qualifications

  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Must be able to maintain focus when working with various projects
  • Able to work effectively and efficiently when under pressure from a deadline
  • Able to use a multitude of computer applications to work on estimates both in house and with other companies
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the products that we offer
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of the production equipment, so as to make estimates more accurate and realistic
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of our customer base  
  • Capable of understanding work order instructions
  • Vision abilities required by this job include being able to see clearly at 20 inches or less, distinguish colors, and adjust focus.

Job Competencies

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Accurate
  • Ability to multitask
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of the printing industry
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Time management the ability to work quickly and meet deadlines
  • Committed to company mission and values
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