PBM is seeking an experienced PRINT ESTIMATOR for immediate hire. Estimators will prepare a cost estimate for printing jobs by determining the most economical method of manufacturing while considering the production capacity of the facility.

The estimator performs the following duties:

  • Analyzes client specifications and estimates the cost of materials by determining the quantity of paper, ink and plates required and then adding in a suitable margin for spoilage
  • Determines the production centers needed to produce the job as specified.
  • Develops a plan to accommodate all facets of the job.
  • Evaluates all methods available for producing the job and selects the most economical way while meeting the client’s delivery requirements.
  • Works with vendors in obtaining best prices for supplies 
  • Uses a computer to prepare estimates.
  • Works with cost accounting in determining production standards for various operations.
  • Maintains vendor price lists and discount terms and allowances.
  • Develops knowledge of materials used, the best suppliers and competitive prices. 
  • Provides alternative specifications to offer cost savings when customers are open to it. (Ex. page size, paper thickness, size of book, kind or binding, etc.). 

Job Requirements:

  • Must have an understanding of the different printing processes, paper, ink, computer operation, the competitive market, and purchasing.
  • Must know all printing/finishing equipment available and equipment’s respective running speeds and most efficient methods for producing possible jobs.
  • 2+ years of Estimating, Customer Service, Job Planning or Purchasing experience within a commercial print company. 
  • Strong math skills a MUST.
  • Preferred: College degree in Printing or Business Administration and/or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in Prepress, the Pressroom, Finishing is helpful. 

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