Manager, Estimating


Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Want to be part of a professional, caring team focused on making a difference in communities around the world? Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, SPX Cooling Technologies is an innovative manufacturer of commercial HVAC and industrial cooling systems for hospitals, data centers, oil and gas refineries, power plants and process cooling facilities around the globe. Companies rely on SPX Cooling’s Marley, Recold and SGS brands to provide comfort, mission critical and industrial cooling solutions.


New hires at SPX Cooling Technologies enjoy a supportive work environment with benefits that begin on the first day of work, including mentorship and tuition assistance, a competitive compensation and bonus plan, flexible health plan, 401(k) match, and opportunities for career advancement.


When it began as the Marley Company more than 100 years ago, SPX Cooling Technologies was the first cooling tower manufacturer to pioneer cooling solutions for large industrial applications. Since then, we have worked together as a company to provide innovative solutions for iconic buildings and essential infrastructure all around. Now, SPX Cooling Technologies and its brands are active in more than 80 countries, and rapidly growing organically and through acquisitions as part of SPX Corporation (SPXC).


With its people-centric culture, SPX prides itself on attracting top talent to the industry. Apply to work with our ever-growing team and help us keep the world cool!


Job Summary 

This position involves leadership of the estimating team in development of accurate and timely cost estimates.  The estimating team develops material, labor, freight and subcontract estimates for new cooling towers as well as repair and modification of existing cooling towers.   This position’s primary responsibilities include the collaborative development and improvement of estimating tools.  The successful incumbent formulates objective up-front analyses based on research and in-depth knowledge of trends, historical data and the industry. As the primary source of in-house estimating support for internal and external sales stakeholders, the incumbent possesses extensive knowledge of products and current market conditions. 


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead estimating team
  • Create accurate cost estimates
  • Oversee accuracy of project quotes and proposals
  • Create and analyze reports related to estimates
  • Develop and manage team processes
  • Develop effective estimating tools based on subject matter expertise and through collaboration with proposal management, labor estimating, materials estimating and engineering
  • Work with estimating, proposal management and sales to improve accuracy and confidence of bids
  • Work with Project Managers and Controller to identify and track significant margin erosion causes
  • Work with Project Managers to develop detailed post-mortem reviews of projects
  • Responsible for Americas estimating team
  • Responsible for supporting all locations in countries as needed for global projects



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field
  • Management experience preferred
  • 5-7 years of experience


Certifications / Other Skills and Abilities

  • Strong analytical skills and sense of objectivity
  • Knowledge of and ability to research recent and historical trends’ effects on the estimating process
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office, including advanced skills in Excel
  • Strong knowledge of SAP or other ERP system
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Project and Access preferred


Physical Demands
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Keyboarding/typing
  • Ability to read effectively from a computer screen and/or a paper copy
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work and perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to effectively verbally communicate


Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office environment with varying degrees of noise levels



Thank you for your interest in our company. 


SPX is a diversified, global supplier of infrastructure equipment with scalable growth platforms in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), detection and measurement, and engineered solutions. With operations in 17 countries and approximately $1.4 billion in annual revenue, we offer a wide array of highly engineered products with strong brands.


At SPX , what’s in it for our employees transcends market-competitive compensation and benefits.  Our Total Rewards program also includes opportunities for employees’ personal development, career growth, and recognition. These programs focus on alignment and assessment of organizational, team, and individual efforts toward achieving business results. Our development and career growth programs empower our employees to enhance their skills, develop new competencies, and pursue career goals. SPX benefits package provides choices designed to help employees manage their well-being. Our compensation programs are performance-based to recognize and reward employees who work hard, display the values and leadership practices we embrace, and deliver exceptional results.


  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Results

At SPX, our values are at the heart of everything we do. We use our values every day to help us make the right decisions. We embrace a common purpose and strive for improvement. We respect and value each other as individuals and recognize that only by working together, as a team, can we reach our full potential. We take responsibility for our actions, build strong relationships with each other and our customers, and always act ethically. Our values inspire us to achieve the high standards of quality, safety, and performance that our customers expect and deserve.


Our work environment is established on a work-life philosophy supported by policies, programs, and practices that help employees achieve success within and outside the workplace. We believe in creating an inclusive work environment where employees strive to realize their fullest potential.  We are an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer committed to making selection decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.