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Substation Estimator in Fort Worth, TX at Irby

Date Posted: 1/8/2019

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Substation Estimator

Irby is one of the largest electrical distribution companies in the United States, with nearly $1 Billion in annual sales and over 900 employees across more than 60 branches in 25 states.  Irby is also part of the Sonepar family of operating companies, consisting of the finest locally managed electrical and industrial distributors throughout the United States.  Sonepar is the world leader in electrical distribution.


As a Substation Estimator, you will be responsible for estimating substation bid projects with utility contractors, E.P.C firms and renewable energy developers. The estimator will work from bills of material provided by the customer, match products to suppliers, prepare pricing and answer commercial questions required to complete the proposal.

Our ideal candidate will have understating of utility substations, ability to develop relationships with customers, is detailed focus, and can handle multiple projects at once.   This position interacts with customers, quotes team, sales team and the warehouse to manage projects from begin to completion.


  • Acts as a member of the Project Services Team Responsible for estimating, bidding and/or managing project-oriented work for both prospective and existing business relationships being presented through our Project Services Team.
  • Assists branch locations in preparing proposals for substation projects for their local utilities.
  • Coordination with manufacturers to create project contacts, material list development, price quotation and order execution.
  • Utilize tools used by the Project Services Team to organize our opportunities, manage the project in the system, and insure payment.
  • Responsible for estimating, bidding and/or managing project-oriented work for both prospective and existing business relationships
  • Primary liaison between customers/business partners responsible for all project tasks, timelines and issue resolution ensuring to successful completion of the project
  • Lead multiple projects from inception to completion
  • Review, resolve discrepancies and supply submittal packages for all projects 
  • Monitor and communicate project status/issues to sales team
  • Coordinate with manufacturers on project contacts, material list development, price quotation and order execution for both prospective and existing clients, document existing products and services used, potential product sales and related selling strategy
  • Develops relationships with new and existing customers and provides information to maximize sales volume
  • Understands sales objectives, strategies, advertising, and promotions and works to achieve them as presented with this role


  • Utility and/or Electrical experience required
  • Knowledge of substations products and design is required
  • Quotation/Estimating experience preferred
  • Ability to learn and understand electrical plans, specifications and drawings.
  • Technical learning: quick study on using technology in support of sales process.
  • In-depth knowledge of sales and purchasing software functions
  • Detail oriented, possessing good analytical skills; ability to anticipate problems & diffuse situations
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and documentation
  • Maintain vendor lists, catalogs and brochures
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing to exchange information


We offer a competitive salary; outstanding benefits package and the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development and recognized your achievements.


EOE M/F/Disability/Veteran

Business Unit: Irby


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