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The Purpose:

The Exhibit Estimator supports both the Rental and Custom Services groups by interpreting three-dimensional design/CAD images to develop estimated fabrication cost proposals. In this role, you will develop thorough pricing strategy including fabrication methodology, interfacing between design, new business development, production, account, and project management.  The Estimator will attend initial design launch meeting and monitor design process to advise design team of budget concerns.  The Estimator will also attend production launch meetings to ensure that compliance and methodology of estimates are intact.

The Job:

     Provide Written Estimates

  • Develop well thought through production activities to establish cost parameters
  • Provide raw material requirements by component
  • Establish estimate format and breakdown
  • Write concise detailed description of project components
  • Consult with Director of Rental Services and or Director Acct Services to determine MSA (master sales agreement) or rate structure
  • Develop SWAG estimates for quick reference and cost guidance
  • Provide change order estimates as requested

     Submittals for Outsourced goods

  • Provide clearly defined scope documents for outsource pricing
  • Obtain and evaluation of bid documents
  • Recommendations to project team of vendor selection

     Show Services Estimate

  • Review show kit to determine various field service rates
  • Work with account team to determine schedule
  • Consult Show destination City Manager to review project and obtain labor estimate
  • Consult Director of AV and Technology to obtain AV/lighting estimates when required
  • Consult with Logistics/Freight Manager to obtain freight estimates

     Estimate Review

  • Review completed estimates with sales team
  • Develop margin expectation
  • Review completed project cost against original estimate
  • Observe production of estimated projects to monitor estimate compliance

     General tasks

  • Maintain updated cost awareness of standard fabrication materials
  • Explore new materials and fabrication techniques
  • Provide cost guidance and alternative fabrication ideas to design
  • Maintain log / schedule of current estimate projects
  • Maintain electronic file folders

The Person:

  • Must be well versed in exhibit and/or museum fabrication techniques.
  • Possess a vast knowledge of manufacturing applications (carpentry, welding, etc).
  • Creative thinking to provide pricing options to satisfy challenging budget restrictions.
  • Clearly and concisely write project scope.
  • Able to manage multiple projects consecutively.
  • Successfully work both independently and with team members.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and relevant industry applications.
  • Must have strong working knowledge of MS Excel. 
  • Travel is not required, but may occasionally be requested.


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