Bastian Solutions Estimating Manager in Indianapolis, Indiana

Estimating Manager

  • Indianapolis, IN, USA

  • Full Time

  • Engineering

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The Estimating Engineer is an integral role in the National Accounts team that collects and analyzes data in order to estimate the time, materials, and labor required to plan and execute material handling projects that range in technology and automation, including robotics, AS/RS, AGV's, high speed sortation, vertical lifts, light directed picking, pick modules, etc. The responsibility of this position commences with the request for proposal (RFP) from potential customers or consultants (internal or external) and concludes at final version of the sales proposal submission. The Estimating Engineer during the sales cycle will interface directly with internal national account managers, project engineers, controls engineers, and software logistic consultants as well as vendors to establish the proposal and bid while comparing to past performance. The role may expand into developing and/or validating design concepts as the responsibilities of the team expand. The Estimating team success is substantiated by a reduction in overall project cost variance as well as reduction in cycle time to deliver a sales proposal. This position will report directly to the Estimating Manager.

General Duties:

  • Proposal and Bid

  • Create rough order of magnitude (ROM) bids leveraging established rules of thumb

  • Determine budgeted cost for materials and labor by peforming comparative analysis of the firm pricing provided by vendors through the request for quote (RFQ) process.

  • Create rough-cut and full project schedules in conjunction with Project Management

  • Lead or assist in the final sales proposals submission including substantiatingdata and costing with upper management

  • Process Improvement

  • Continuous improvement in costing tools that support ROM bid and final sales proposals

  • Build key vendor relationships to ensure predictability in pricing

  • Leverage feedback from proposal cycle to gain competive advantage for future submissions

  • Meetings

  • Lead discussions based on established agenda

  • Influence key decisions and strive for consensus

  • Generate meeting minutes and action items

  • Progress Reports

  • Travel - Less than 10%


  • Bachelors Degree required, preferably in Industrial or Mechanical Engineering

  • Industry experience (minimum 4yr) in Material Handling Integration or Construction

  • Experience in at least one of the followings roles

  • Estimator

  • Project Engineer

  • Project Management

  • National Accounts

  • AutoCad experience required

  • Process improvement training including Six Sigma a plus

  • Advanced in MS Office software suite , particularly MS Excel


  • Indianapolis preferred; consideration for remote location based on experience level

About Us:

Bastian Solutions, a Toyota Advanced Logistics company, is an independent material handling and robotics system integrator providing automated solutions for distribution, manufacturing, and order fulfillment centers around the world. We have over 60 years of experience building long term business partnerships. In addition to salary, commissions and incentive plans, we offer a wide variety of benefits, services and perks available to assist employees and their families in a variety of ways. These benefits help each individual maintain a good balance in their life.

Other benefits of the role include:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with a company match

  • Vacation/Holiday Pay

  • Short/Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Flexible Work Schedules

  • Volunteer Work

  • Professional Associations, Conferences and Subscriptions

  • Company Meetings & Events

    Join our growing team and sell, design and implement industry leading automated material handling solutions!


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