Sales estimators typically works with sales and customer service departments to improve processes and procedures, providing managers with data to help companies improve their business models. There are several types of companies that employ sales estimators, but these roles are generally found in companies that sell a service or goods to customers. Typical duties performed by sales estimators include forecasting costs for new projects, studying current economic conditions that may affect the organization's ability to sell its products or services, estimating job costs, analyzing vendor pricing, and negotiating costs with vendors. These professionals typically work with sales and customer service staff, although sometimes a sales estimator may interact with customers depending on their role within the company. Sales estimators typically work during regular business hours, although overtime may be required to meet deadlines.
Sales Estimator Tasks
Prepare cost and expenditure statements and other necessary documentation at regular intervals for the duration of the project.
Assess cost effectiveness of products, projects or services, tracking actual costs relative to bids as the project develops.
Analyze blueprints and other documentation to prepare time, cost, materials, and labor estimates.
Set up cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures.