The Finance team at DWFritz is an achievement-driven group who strive to deliver best practices and who take pride in their role. When this team faces challenges they get the job done through open collaboration, professionalism and humor. Finding a better way and providing solutions in a rapidly growing and uniquely challenging environment is something this team thrives on. This group is known by its internal clients for understanding the business, providing options, and completing tasks better than expected. Brilliant solutions don’t just come from our Engineers, the Finance team constantly seeks opportunities to provide brilliant input and implementation to all teams at DWFritz.
The Estimator is responsible for proactively analyzing costs, risks, and benefits of proposed bid, and making recommendations considering customer value, competitive markets, and company costs for new and existing projects. The Estimator will work on the Estimating Team, will partner with Business Development, and will work across the organization to collect and evaluate data to determine pricing strategies and to ensure we continually balance customer demands, costs and quality of products and services. This role is part of the wider finance team and would also be expected to help share pertinent information across the group.
Assemble costs for labor and materials on large (typically multi-million dollar, engineer-to-order) projects.
Use historical performance for baseline costing for labor (NRE and Mfg.) and materials using data analytics in the face of uncertainty in customer requirements and/or engineering risk assessment. With the aim to improve accuracy in a dynamic environment.
Support engineering and project management teams during estimation and risk assessment to best represent costs for customer defined requirements for 1st development and follow-on systems.
Provide suggestions to engineering and project management teams where commonality or volume pricing as examples will be helpful at being competitive with costing and schedule, while not taking away from customer requirements.
Maintain, update, and manage material costs for estimating and volume pricing.
Combine sources of information from historical references for actuals on labor and material costs, engineering estimates and risks, to provide and recommend costing and pricing options for sales and engineering management during the proposal phase.
Coordinate and provide schedule estimations for project quotes, along with data analytics that provide a range of outcomes based on team skill sets, experience levels, customer influence and impact from the product life cycle stage being quoted.
Work proactively with the FP&A team to support business decision making and forecasting.
Lay out cash forecasts and schedules based on hour estimates and export cost of Bill of Materials.
Maintain customer confidentiality and protect company sensitive costing and pricing strategies.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Estimating Manager.
Ability to actively participate in team development and team-oriented processes and motivate others to do the same.
Ability to work under pressure to meet project deadlines and continually adapt to changing needs.
Demonstrated enthusiastic learner and open to challenges.
Superb analytical and critical thinking skills.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Self-motivated and direct, with the ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks working with multiple timelines.
Keen attention to detail.
Computer proficiency with MS Office (Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
Experience interfacing with ERP systems, Epicor a plus. Ability to solve problems creatively, and collaborate with employees at all levels.
Travel up to 10% may be required.
Your Education and Experience
BS in Business, Engineering, Marketing, Finance or related field required. MBA preferred.
Three years or more experience in a role leading pricing strategies for large and complex proposals.
Two years’ experience minimum working in a high volume engineer-to-order business.
Experience working with international requirements for safety and equipment standards required.
Demonstrated effectiveness working in a matrixed environment required.
Strong analytical and quantitative skills. Excellent PC skills with proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Access.
Additional Salary Information: Depends on Experience
DWFritz Automation, founded in 1973, has experienced rapid growth over the last 5 years and continues to grow! Since its inception, DWFritz has been producing brilliant automation solutions for our clients. Today, the market demand for automation combined with our world-class practices and cutting-edge technology places DWFritz on a trajectory to becoming a leading provider in the field of automation.
One thing that hasn’t changed at DWFritz is our focus on our core values, such as “Collaborate and Share the Credit,” a value that is deeply engrained in how we work together both in our US and China facilities. Our core value “Find a Better Way” promotes innovation and openness to doing things differently. It’s also the reason we have a company supported incubator program and an in-house lab.
Our World Headquarters operates from a modern, state-of-the-art facility located in Wilsonville, Oregon. Our employees enjoy standing desks, a recreation room, a fitness room, and a hearty oatmeal breakfast to start each day. Our spacious lunch room is the venue for weekly All Staff meetings and our frequent “Lunch and Learns.”
DWFritz is a wonderful place to work, with unique oppor...tunities to participate in dynamic teams, a strong sense of culture and values, and a growing company. If you are considering a new opportunity we encourage you to check us out.