Our client based near St Ives, Cambridgeshire are looking for an established Estimator to join their team. I am seeking a Estimator who has worked within the Engineering Industry.

The key function of the Estimator is to provide a service to our client’s customers – to ensure the competitiveness and profitability meet the needs of both the clients and their end users.

The successful Estimator will be producing estimates for sales quotations and manufacturing to purchase materials and services.

The ideal candidate will be looking to grow with the business and develop professionally.

Only candidates that come from a Engineering back ground will be considered for this role.


For each product specification, estimate the costs of materials and labour for each manufacturing operation using the set parameters. Full training will be provided.

Sense check all requests for estimates, completed estimates and information supplied and advise the Technical Director of any issues that will affect the validity of the estimate.

Highlight any estimate that contains information outside the set parameters.

Provide feedback on price variances so that the system can be updated and ensure that it is.

Where a final product consists of several product specifications (drawings) then create structured estimates.

Raise Project/Estimate numbers as required. File and maintain all estimates and other work, and in a system accessible by the Technical Director.

Work to plan, as agreed with the Technical Director, ensuring that priorities are understood and adhered to. Provide timely feedback on risks to the plan.

Liaise with other colleagues to ensure that they supply information in time to implement the task. Similarly, provide timely and accurate feedback to those reliant upon completing your task.

Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of ‘Estimating systems and practices’ and provide feedback to the Technical Director on initiatives that could positively improve output.

Work closely alongside the Buyer, ensuring that good communication prevails and that a clear understanding is achieved. Avoid duplication of effort.

Fully understand the content of the Buyer Job Description and adhere to the same.

Contact suppliers as required to do so, ensuring that all contacts and purchases are compatible with the wider requirements of the business.

Build and develop good effective working relationships with key suppliers.

Provide ‘purchasing’ back-up in the absence of the Buyer.

Plan and Priorities personal activities towards achieving agreed goals.

Develop a contact plan to build a network of contacts within each customer and continually improve trading relationships with all customers.

Ensure that all administration (Internal/External) is completed in full and on time.

Maximise efficiency via good time management and minimise costs/wasted effort.

Continually improve relevant knowledge, competencies, and skills.


Engineering background

No qualifications are required, just some technical estimating experience.

Capable to work from drawings and specifications and breaking these down to provide estimates for costing.

Working Hours & Pay:

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 5 pm, Friday: 8am – 2pm