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Cost Analyst/Estimator

Elkay - ISI

Location US Fond du Lac WI
Posted 274 days ago -
Type: Full-time Permanent
Reference ID: REQ-014861


Cost Analyst/Estimator

Imagine working for a company that inspired this kind of employee feedback.

  • I’m proud to work for Elkay.
  • The company invests in my success.
  • I do work that makes a difference.
  • I love my co-workers.
  • I feel like part of a family.

When you come to work for Elkay, that is exactly what you will experience.

Elkay is a thriving, values-driven company focused on doing the right things so we can be in business forever. We’re financially-stable and family-owned, with an enduring reputation for ethics, integrity, giving back, and providing an engaging, inclusive environment where careers flourish and grow. 

At Elkay, we never forget that our strength lies in our people. Our employees are the driving force behind Elkay’s superior quality, product ingenuity, and exceptional customer experience. Our commitment to our people and their professional development is a recipe for success that has fueled our growth from a three-person shop in 1920 to one of today’s leading international suppliers of plumbing, water delivery, and branded commercial interiors.

If you’re ready to join a company where everything you do makes a difference and you go home proud at the end of each day, talk to us about joining the Elkay family!


The Cost Analyst/Estimator is responsible for developing and submitting product costs and manufacturing proposals based on customer requirements. This role will research and address customer needs to provide accurate proposals. This position works cross functionally with Sales, Engineering and other Supply Chain functions to provide accurate and timely information in order to develop pricing proposals as well as:

  • Reviewing customer RFPs, specifications, designs, and requirements.
  • Creating scope of work and specifications costing.
  • Writing scope of work, exceptions, assumptions, and exclusions sections for proposal documents and RFP responses.
  • Developing and consolidating internal and external cost estimates and quotations into a well-organized total project cost estimate.
  • Presenting proposed approach and potential trade-offs and explaining complex concepts and new technologies to internal customers.
  • Guiding development of realistic and commercially advantageous assumptions in the lack of clear requirements from customers.
  • Assisting in risk identification and evaluation.
  • Developing and defining customer inputs required to increase quote accuracy.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture or related area preferred but not required with equivalent experience.
  • 2+ years of experience creating estimates in a custom manufacturing environment required.
  • Experience in Furniture and/or Retail Fixture manufacturing a plus.
  • An understanding of LEAN manufacturing philosophy and up to date manufacturing techniques to support the preparation of cost estimates which provide a competitive advantage.
  • Ability to read and interrupt documents such as CAD & architectural drawings, blueprints and customers specifications required.
  • Experience developing complex estimating/pricing models and cost management tools required.
  • Strong data analytics skills needed.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Highly proficient in Word and Excel.
  • Problem solving, prioritization and time management skills necessary.
  • Experience in documenting policies and procedures is a plus.
  • Experience with cost estimation software is a plus.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish speaking ability a plus.