WESCO Distribution Senior Quotation Specialist in Fargo, North Dakota

Job TitleSenior Quotation SpecialistLocationFargo, ND, USOrganization NameWESCO DistributionCompany OverviewWESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. 2016 annual sales were approximately $7.3 billion. The company employs approximately 9,000 people, maintains relationships with over 25,000 suppliers, and serves approximately 75,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers, and utilities. WESCO operates nine fully automated distribution centers and approximately 500 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.Brief DescriptionPrepares and submits customer quotations/proposals (quantity, product, price, delivery/lead times, WESCO terms and conditions) to secure sales and provide customer service. Items quoted to include electrical supplies, lighting, switchgear, and other distribution apparatus. Scope of quote preparation includes warehouse and/or direct shipment sales, including construction lighting and gear projects. Owns larger, more complex quotations and is proficient in all aspects the quotation process. Detailed Description* Owns, qualifies and develops opportunities passed from marketing, outside sales and national accounts.* Provides project administration on assigned projects, insures implementation and completion of projects quotations within the company.* Identifies potential projects for bid and compiles list of material requirements (e.g., supplies, lighting, switchgear, and other distribution apparatus). * Reads and interprets specifications and blueprints. * Communicates with suppliers to discuss material specifications, clarify and confirm bill of materials, negotiate pricing and identify alternatives for special or custom orders. * Interacts with consultants representing customers to obtain approvals for bidding. * Provides material (data-com, switchgear/apparatus, and lighting) take-offs for preparing customer quotations. * Negotiates and develops pricing with suppliers. * Coordinates receipt of all required information for the preparation of final quotation submittal. * Coordinates transmittals of plans, drawings and other documents to customers. * Communicates with customers to resolve problems with projects during the bidding process. * Follows-up on open/outstanding quotations with salespersons and customers to determine status. * Communicates with Account Reps/Executives and Inside Sales Reps to ensure quotes and resulting orders are complete.* Identifies ways for continuous improvement of processes* Posts projects being bid by customers.* Prepares job folders for project sales order management.* Monitors and oversees project management process after acceptance of quotations.* Maintains catalogs and price lists.Job RequirementsEXPERIENCE:* 2 years quotations experience preferred but not required. EDUCATION:* High School Degree or Equivalent required, Associatesand#39; Degree preferredSKILLS/REQUIREMENTS:* Broad knowledge of product lines and pricing strategies* Ability to deal with customers and factory representatives to obtain pricing information and their cooperation. * Strong math skills. * Strong communication and organization skills. * Strong computer skills.* Ability to research market and inventory positions to support sales staff in maximizing marginsWorking Environment:* General Office - Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment. Lighting and temperature are