4 May 2017


Suttle-Straus – Posted by Suttle-Straus Waunakee, Wisconsin, United States


Job Description

Suttle-Straus is looking for a Job Planner/Estimator to join our award winning team! Winner of the Printing Industries of America’s Best Workplace award for 17 consecutive years, We offer a collaborative work environment, great benefits and fantastic co-workers. The ideal candidate is a skilled problem solver with stong analytical skills, a continuous improvement mindset, and experience in the printing industry.


Suttle-Straus is a premier provider of printing, digital production, wide format, mailing, custom kitting, warehousing, and distribution services. Our success is founded on three core principles: A clear focus on meeting and exceeding customer expectations; a long history of implementing new technologies to increase quality and efficiency; and the importance of building an outstanding workforce. We offer a competitive benefits package with immediate eligibility for health, dental, vision and life insurance, and eligibility after 30 days for a company matched 401(k) plan. Paid time off accrues monthly from date of hire.

Job Summary:

The primary function of this position is to prepare cost estimates for printing jobs by determining the most economical method of manufacture, considering production capacity and capabilities. This position is located in Waunakee, WI.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Estimate the cost of materials based on job specifications
  • Estimate processing costs for the appropriate manufacturing departments, including Prepress, Press, Bindery, Digital, Mailing and Fulfillment & Distribution
  • Determine the production centers and routing needed to produce the job as specified
  • Develop a plan to accommodate all facets of the job
  • Evaluate methods available for producing the job and select the plan which produces the job in the most economical way
  • Work with vendors to obtain best prices for supplies
  • Work with Sales Representatives and Customer Service Representatives in giving customer suggestions for improving quality and/or lowering the price of jobs
  • Use computer to prepare estimates
  • Develop knowledge of materials used, the best suppliers and competitive prices 
  • Keep aware of price changes and competitive prices
  • Advise and guide customers when necessary as to specifications of a job (size or style of type, size of book, kind of binding, etc.)

Skills & Educational Requirements:

  • Prior experience at a commercial printer using computerized estimating systems desired
  • Working knowledge of printing and finishing processes, paper, ink, computer operation, the competitive market and purchasing
  • Creative problem solving skills a must. The Planner/Estimator must regularly analyze customer needs, technical commercial printing constraints and company resources/capabilities then choose among several alternative courses of action to select best method
  • Computer literacy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to read and understand oral/written instructions
  • Above average math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions
  • Ability to work with abstract designs and create a rough “plan” for a job to be produced
  • Multi-tasking skills required
  • High school degree or equivalent professional experience required, college degree preferred

How to Apply

Apply online at: www.suttle-straus.com/about/employment

Job Categories: Estimating. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Commensurate with experience. Job expires in 38 days.

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