Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2015 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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Manager, Cost Estimation

Business line: Pulp and Energy
Country: USA
Location: Charlotte, NC
Job description: Responsibilities:

Collect and analyze data in order to estimate the engineering labor, materials, and other costs required to manufacture and supply Valmet products and services. Prepares cost estimates by analyzing proposals and requirements.


a)Provide order of magnitude cost estimates based on historical costs in support of business developments efforts to secure bid opportunities.
b)Provide pricing for budgetary estimates for new project opportunities using historical data from previous projects.
c)Development of detailed firm cost estimates by:
I. Reviewing quantity takeoffs and comparing to historical data.
II. Recommending proposed construction methods.
III. Soliciting and analyzing supplier quotations.
IV. Soliciting and analyzing subcontract quotations.
V. Preparation of in-house estimates for suppliers and subcontractor’s scope.
VI. Check documents for compliance with engineering data, scope and commercial positions.
VII. Insure proposal document accuracy, define and protect the cost estimate.
VIII. Provide a contingency analysis based on the level of engineering information available, supplier and subcontractor pricing coverage, site conditions, labor survey, and schedule impact.
d) Act as the focal point for all pricing matters during the estimate preparation phase of the proposal development.
e) Coordinate meetings with Subcontractors/Suppliers (through Supply Management) and in-house personnel, as required, during the proposal phase.
f) In conjunction with Project Controls, participate in the formulation of the project cash-flow plan.
g) Obtain the required signatures for completed estimates according to the established corporate approval procedures.
h) Prepares project budget based on the as sold document and the final estimate and sales price.
i) Develops and maintains a costing database for proprietary and auxiliary equipment supplied to these market areas.
j) Develop and maintain estimating trend charts required to effectively evaluate and manage the Cost Management function, such as commodity purchase prices, typical unit cost rates, project percent cost breakdown, etc.
k) Develop and maintain standard estimating formats.
l) Maintain departmental files in accordance with corporate guidelines.
Requirements: EDUCATION:
Minimum Associate’s Degree required. Preference for BS/BA with engineering background.

Five to eight years working experience, preferably acquired in the Pulp and Paper Industry.

Possess strong knowledge of pulp, paper and board industry.
Possess strong knowledge of cost estimate procedures and project management.
Possess strong written/oral communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
Possess strong leadership and supervising skills.
Possess strong negotiation and communication skills.
Must be self-motivated and work with minimal supervision.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Products (Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
We offer: We offer a rewarding position with a global industry leader where you’ll have the chance to utilize your existing skills as well as develop new ones.

In addition to competitive wages, Valmet offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage as well as a company funded pension plan, 401k with company match, paid vacation and company holidays, short- and long-term disability, company paid life insurance, and Business Travel Accident Insurance.