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Retail Environments

Develop engineering plans and solutions for brands that embrace artistic freedom across the retail world.

Recognized globally, our client is one of the largest retail environment manufacturers in the industry. They take pride in developing innovative spaces with the ability to blend multi-materials in a creative fashion that produces unique environments. At their core, they are experts in millwork, metal, glass and acrylic production. Their Toronto office specializes in project management and warehousing.


The Senior Estimator is responsible for corporate estimating, team staffing as well as tactical and strategic direction that will provide the client with accurate estimates of cost through internal and strategic source pricing.


  • Develop a team that can prepare and outline costs associated with the production of store fixtures by analyzing blueprints and specifications, compiling material costs, estimating labor costs, requesting and collecting subcontractor pricing, calculating installation and delivery cost, and lastly finalizing, logging and submitting bids
  • Develop global staffing, philosophies, strategies and tactics that maximize efficiencies of both internal and external (supplier) pricing and rewards suppliers for their pricing efforts.
  • Leverage the ERP system or other processes, to drive standardization in the quoting process
  • Utilize understanding of color and material specifications, charts, or manuals for individual projects for cost and pricing analysis
  • Compile and maintain data history for client, project, or specific item for cost and pricing analysis includes the tracking SF costs for stores and shops
  • Maintain estimate/quote log for analysis purposes
  • Liaise with Project Management, Purchasing and Production to determine best methods and materials for manufacturing as well as placements strategy for outsourcing.
  • Liaison with production to perform time studies, learn new manufacturing methods and processes to reduce costs and improve quality
  • Liaise with purchasing department to investigate new suppliers and new innovative cost reducing materials
  • Liaise with purchasing department and project management to onboard new suppliers and create an effort based reward system for suppliers based on their success in winning business
  • Prepare reports to illustrate quote win/loss ratios by customer
  • Maintain visually controlled schedule of incoming quote requests
  • Analyze results of job cost studies to determine accuracy of estimate


  • Related Degree in Business, Accounting, Engineering or equivalent experience
  • A general understanding
  • 5-10 years experience of wood and/or metal manufacture in the store fixture industry
  • At least three years of staff management experience
  • Must have an aptitude for mathematics.  Be able to quickly analyze, compare, and interpret detailed and sometimes poorly defined information, and be able to make sound and accurate judgments based on best available information
  • Costing or Estimating background with an emphasis on building systems
  • Demonstrated hands-on shop floor experience in both metal and wood manufacture
  • Knowledge of manufacturing or process engineering, electrical, lighting, finishing aspects of wood and metal fabrication, design, detail, engineering and bill of material generation
  • Computer literacy with knowledge of ERP
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Firm grasp of Microsoft Word and Excel programs is essential
  • Express professional verbal and written communications

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