Ferguson Enterprises, LLC

Quotations Specialist - Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, IA
Ferguson is the leading value added distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and

Job Description

Quotations Specialist

Posted: Monday, 5/6/2024

Job Posting:

Ferguson is North America’s leading value-added distributor across residential, non-residential, new construction and repair, maintenance, and improvement (RMI) end markets. Spanning 34,000 suppliers and more than one million customers, we deliver local expertise, value-added solutions, and the industry’s most extensive portfolio of products. From infrastructure, plumbing, and appliances, to HVAC, fire protection, fabrication, and more, we make our customers’ complex projects simple, successful, and sustainable.

Ferguson is currently seeking the right individual to fill an immediate need for a Quotations Specialist! As a Quotations Specialist, you will help with the development of quotations on commercial projects while establishing close relationships with the branches, vendor representatives, and ensuring outstanding customer service. This role focuses on fixture finish products for commercial projects and will support the customers in the Eastern Iowa territory. If you have experience with industrial and mechanical quotations / estimating, knowledge of building fixture products, and strong time management, this is an excellent opportunity to grow with an industry-leading organization! .

Responsibilities

  • Gather required data for quote preparation, data entry of new quotes, and contact vendors for job quotes
  • Work directly with partners and clients to determine project scope, specifications, requirements, and perform calculations
  • Keep current of new products, trends, market cost, and pricing
  • Follow up on customer quotes and contacts vendors for material pricing
  • Coordinate with vendors to ensure that pricing data is received in a timely manner
  • Participate in the resolution of any and all pricing related issues
  • Analyze specifications, including sketches, blueprints, bills of material, or sample layouts
  • Assess cost-effectiveness of products, projects or services, tracking actual costs relative to bids as the project develops
  • Sends completed quotes to the FEI sales representative and/or customer, builder, or designer one day in advance of the identified due date
  • Confer with owners, contractors, and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates
  • Completes Project Work - Using and Maintaining Smartsheet and/or BidTracer to update Summary and Tracker and manage orders
  • Develop knowledge of the organization's products, services, and customers by working closely with more experienced brand/product managers
  • Recommend products and services that fit well with clients' business needs
  • Assist Project Managers with execution of project in accordance with organization's project management methodology according to established project plan
  • Identify, develop, and gather the resources to complete the project
  • Establish, maintain, and develop effective sales relationships with major accounts/customers
  • Participate in corporate-wide initiatives involving pricing functions, philosophies or processes
  • Participates in associate meetings and communicates any concerns to management

Requirements
  • 1-3 years of construction-related quotations or estimating experience, preferred
  • Experience with commercial finish products, highly preferred
  • Prior use of BidTracer or similar estimating software, a plus
  • Strong proficiency with computer and software programs, including all Microsoft Applications, required
  • Experience reading blueprints, building plans, or drawings, preferred
  • Excellent communication, time management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable, and multitasking skills needed, including the ability to juggle multiple, urgent requests
  • Self-starter, creative problem solver, and self-sufficient
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language
Benefits

    Ferguson Enterprises, LLC At A Glance

    Ferguson is the leading value added distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. The company is also a major distributor of HVAC equipment, fire protection systems, waterworks and industrial products and services. Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Newport News, Va., Ferguson has sales of $19.9 billion and approximately 29,000 associates in 1,600 locations. Ferguson and its subsidiaries serve customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ferguson is part of Ferguson plc, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:FERG) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE:FERG) and is in the FTSE 100 index of listed companies. The company primarily serves professional contractors, but many homeowners know Ferguson because of the beautiful showrooms, or Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showrooms. The showrooms offer an unparalleled selection of lighting, appliances, bath and kitchen faucets, fixtures and accessories from today’s most recognized brands.
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