Commodities Quotations Specialist
Van Meter Industrial - Cottage Grove, MN

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The Commodities Quotations Specialist serves as a key liaison and essential resource for our customers. The position is responsible for quotation and coordination of large commodities projects for contractor segments from the beginning through the completion of the project. The successful candidate serves as the key interface between our customers and our vendors to ensure all details of the project are closely monitored. The position understands current market trends and our customers pricing ability to ensure cost-effective purchase for project materials. They deliver exceptional customer service to promote and support our products for commodities projects.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Service the contractor customer by providing large commodities projects quotations and communication
  • Manage communication both internally and externally
  • Understand and analyze current markets to identify when products should be purchased
  • Responsible for oversight of large commodities project to include purchasing from vendors, resolving customer problems, ensuring delivery of order, etc.
  • Update customers with project schedules, job details and orders
  • Emphasize salable features, quote prices and credit terms, prepare sales orders for orders obtained
  • Provide customers with accurate progress updates and product delivery information
  • Provide feedback on completion deadlines
  • Work directly with factories to know the direct job pricing
  • Work with vendors to understand stock prices
  • Understand our inventory and how to utilize it for strategic customers
  • Build and maintain relationships with contractors and key customer accounts
  • Review and analyze reports of project orders
  • Leverage products when writing orders to even out pricing
  • Work closely with Outside Sales Representatives to keep account activities up to date
Required Skills
  • Customer Focused
  • Ability to understand and analyze market trends for commodities products
  • Ability to leverage inventory to identify last price paid and quantities purchased
  • Ability to decipher the immediacy of problems and determine effective resolution for the issue
  • Ability to negotiate effectively at a high level and build strong relationships with customers, contractors, vendors and suppliers
  • Detailed-Oriented
  • Ability to deliver a message and receive feedback from customers
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • Drive for continuous improvement
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to multi-task and juggle multiple priorities with strict deadlines
  • Ability to analyze, identify & then follow up to resolve discrepancies
  • Strong work ethic with a positive attitude
Required Experience
  • College degree preferred
  • Previous quotations (or similar function) experience preferred
  • Demonstrated customer service experience preferred
  • Electrical industry knowledge and experience required
  • Knowledge of bidding, quoting and obtaining construction jobs required
  • Construction knowledge required
  • Microsoft Office Excel and Word skills are essential
  • Knowledge of Eclipse preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills via phone, email and in person are required