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Project Estimator

Design House is a fast-growing organization that offers a large portfolio of quality, affordable home décor products supplying: independent dealers, home centers, hardware retailers, specialty stores, distributors, maintenance and repair operators and companies serving the single-family and multi-unit housing industries.  The organization boasts a dynamic, fun, fast paced work environment.

Job Purpose:

The Project Estimator will ultimately be responsible for delivering quotes as requested by our customers. The qualified candidate will have a direct impact on the success of the client by meeting or exceeding customer expectations. 

Essential duties and responsibilities: 

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary.

  • Interface with the Distribution Chain, and internally with Sourcing, Sales, Marketing, Purchasing, Operations, and Finance to develop on-time proposals with the greatest value to both customer and Company.
  • Review proposal specifications and drawings to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate.
  • Compile vendor quotes and specification packaging.
  • Prepare accurate and complete estimates; develop and calculate Quantity Take-offs related to scope of work.
  • Ability to develop and execute pricing strategies, competitive analysis, risk assessment and cost analysis to meet company expectations.
  • Coordinate all cross-functional quote and proposal activities, including the critical data review and approval process from cradle to grave.
  • Validate quote worksheets through various methods, including verbal and written correspondence, engineering verification, and research.
  • Work directly with Sales Managers, Coordinators, and customers to customize proposals.
  • Compile bid packages; present proposals to customers in a consistent Company format.
  • Assist in follow-up with outstanding sales proposals to win purchase orders from customers.
  • Oversee maintenance of proposal via databases (SharePoint; CRM) and ensuring accuracy of quote log.
  • Maintain files of working documents as back-up for estimate figures, including current and accurate information on prices from suppliers through direct contact, sales brochures, price lists, and other materials.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5-7 years of related experience in purchasing, forecasting, or demand planning
  • Proactive problem solving approach with changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven critical thinking and collaborative skills for global business coordination
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with management and suppliers
  • Ability to create and implement plans, processes and procedures
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong PC skills (including MS Office applications)
  • Extensive knowledge of Excel required.  Knowledge of ERP systems, Demand Planning software, and web based analysis tools a plus
  • Ability to travel to suppliers as needed, including Asia
  • Prior experience with Asia supply chain

Physical demands:

  • 2-4-year degree or equivalent combinations technical/field training and/or experience
  • 2 years estimating, controls and/or engineering experience related to construction
  • Experience in submitting RFQs to vendors and organizing the vendor responses into a master summary
  • Buying/purchasing experience in or for the electronics distribution industry
  • Able to read, understand and interpret blueprints, manufacturer’s data sheets, fabrication diagrams and assembly drawings, schematics
  • Proficient in Excel and Word, database functions
  • Must be able to work well both independently and as part of a cross-functional team, including high multi-task capabilities
  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects with limited supervision to meet or exceed deadlines
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must demonstrate initiative, judgment, tact and diplomacy in dealing with internal and external customers as well the ability to handle confidential and proprietary information
  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm, a positive attitude, and perform as a team player
  • PlanSwift knowledge is a plus

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to the office and warehouse conditions prevalent at the time in terms of temperature/weather.The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Please send cover letter and resume to: 

Gabriela Oberlander 
goberlander@todaysdesignhouse.com
5205 W. Donges Bay Rd. 
Mequon, WI 53092

 
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Product Manager - Cabinetry & Furniture

Design House is a fast-growing organization that offers a large portfolio of quality, affordable home décor products supplying: independent dealers, home centers, hardware retailers, specialty stores, distributors, maintenance and repair operators and companies serving the single-family and multi-unit housing industries.  The organization boasts a dynamic, fun, fast paced work environment.

Job Description:

The Design House seeks a Product Manager - Cabinetry and Furniture to lead our thriving kitchen cabinet and custom case goods product lines, and our growing line of bath furniture. This Manager will lead the New Product Development process and will be the category leader across multiple sales channels. With exisiting new product introductions and the mandate to grow the business, this Product Manager will be positioned for both short-term success and long-term opportunities. 

Essential duties and responsibilities: 

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary.

  • Lead overall business strategy for kitchen cabinetry, bath furniture, and case goods
  • Drive growth and develop resources for our newly introduced kitchen cabinets
  • Establish sourcing relationships to meet customer demands for custom case goods in the hospitality industry
  • Manage the complete lifecycle of product development from ideation to discontinuation
  • Undertake market research to understand competitors and pricing
  • Works with Channel Marketing teams to develop Integrated Marketing Plans
  • Support Sales teams to drive sales across all channels, including E-Commerce
  • Collaborate with Design House's China-based Category Manager and factories to launch new products and drive continuous improvement
  • Develop financials to support new product introductions
  • Manage exisiting product line to maximize margin
  • Work with Customer Service team to assist with consumer inquiries and problem solving
  • With the support of the Forecasting & Purchasing teams, manage inventory and product forecasting 
  • Be the product category knowledge leader for the company with specific support to E-Commerce Content team

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business or Finance; MBA preferred
  • At least 5 years of new product development, marketing or engineering experience
  • Knowledge of cabinetry and/or case goods
  • High financial acumen
  • Internal motivation and personal organization
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • High level of accountability
  • Ability to travel 10% of time, including at least one trip to Asia per year

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to the office and warehouse conditions prevalent at the time in terms of temperature/weather.The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Please send cover letter and resume to: 

Gabriela Oberlander 
goberlander@todaysdesignhouse.com
5205 W. Donges Bay Rd. 
Mequon, WI 53092

 
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Director - Sales

Position Summary:

The Director – Sales is the leader tasked with driving sales for Design House.  He/she is responsible for the overall productivity and effectiveness of the sales organization.  The successful candidate will provide direction and leadership to the Sales teams, drive accountability throughout their organization, as well as develop relationships with key customers.  

Responsibilities: 

  • Leads sales efforts for Design House and profitably grows sales across all product lines
  • Develops and maintains relationships with senior leadership at key customers
  • Provides clear direction to grow sales in the MRO, home improvement center/professional, and retail channels
  • Directs the Multihousing Solutions sales and internal teams to drive sales within multifamily, senior living, and hospitality channels
  • Establishes sales forecasts, product demand analysis, and communicates customer feedback to the entire company
  • Clearly communicates corporate objectives to internal and independent sales representatives across the United States
  • Targets and closes new business development opportunities
  • Effectively leverages the Design House value proposition to grow sales
  • Manages the Customer Service organization and builds processes to help scale the business, while building loyal customers
  • Understands the benefits and challenges of a sourcing organization and grows sales significantly, but scalably

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred
  • At least 10 years sales management experience
  • Knowledge of managing utilizing a CRM system, specifically Salesforce.com
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • High level of accountability and self structure
  • Experience selling home décor or construction products preferred
  • Entrepeneurial attitude, coupled with the ability to close sales and develop new business
  • Desire to travel throughout the United States
  • Ability to work out of a home office

Please send cover letter and resume to: 

Gabriela Oberlander
goberlander@todaysdesignhouse.com
5205 W. Donges Bay Rd. 
Mequon, WI 53092

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Sales Coordinator

Design House is a fast-growing organization that offers a large portfolio of quality, affordable home décor products supplying: independent dealers, home centers, hardware retailers, specialty stores, distributors, maintenance and repair operators and companies serving the single-family and multi-unit housing industries.  The organization boasts a dynamic, fun, fast paced work environment.

Job Purpose:

The Sales Coordinator will be responsible for supporting sales activities throughout the United States for Design House (DH). This associate will work directly with customers and with DH Sales Managers and Reps. This is a great opportunity for candidates who want to grow and enhance their sales career.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

 

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary.

  • Support large accounts, including new store openings, item setup, analysis and other related projects
  • Act as our Salesforce.com Administrator to build processes and support use of this CRM system
  • Travel to trade shows and product reviews
  • Support Design House Sales Managers, both in retail and other key channels
  • Attend trade shows and line reviews
  • Develop ad hoc reporting and create support materials to drive sales
  • Work with Channel Marketing Manager & Sales teams to help support new saels initiatives
  • Communicate sales customer information to rep groups throughout the United States

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • One to 3 years' experience in sales or in a sales support role
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrates strong technical proficiency with Excel, salesforce.com, and ERP systems
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to work in a fast-paced enviornment
  • Must have initiative, judgement, tact and diplomacy in dealing with internal and external customers as well as the ability to handle confidential and proprietary information
  • Be self-motivated, enthusiastic, have a positive attitude, and be a team player

Physical demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to the office and warehouse conditions prevalent at the time in terms of temperature/weather.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Please send cover letter and resume to: 

Gabriela Oberlander
goberlander@todaysdesignhouse.com
5205 W. Donges Bay Rd. 
Mequon, WI 53092

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Purchasing Agent

Design House is a fast-growing organization that offers a large portfolio of quality, affordable home décor products supplying: independent dealers, home centers, hardware retailers, specialty stores, distributors, maintenance and repair operators and companies serving the single-family and multi-unit housing industries.  The organization boasts a dynamic, fun, fast paced work environment.

Job Purpose:

Responsible for a variety of purchasing activities and purchasing-related customer support for the areas of Drop Ship, Outdoor Living (ODL) and the Multi-Housing Solutions (MHS) division.  

Essential duties and responsibilities:

 

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary.

  • Issue Direct Ship, domestic, MHS, and ODL purchase orders and handle all follow up to orders
  • Work with Customer Service for special order items that need purchase orders
  • Review daily communications with all vendors
  • Confirm pro-forma and/or order acknowledgements
  • Enter shipping information into computer system including container identification and allocation of product in container
  • Review shipment documentation and submit for payment
  • Reviews ISF (Importer Security Filings)
  • Daily communication with customs broker and ocean carriers for shipment tracking
  • Monitor and update product arrival dates in system
  • Determine the unload schedule for containers
  • Review outstanding shipment report from DHI Asia and update system as needed
  • Resolve receiving discrepancies, general filing, analysis of products based on sales, backup for item master maintenance

Qualifications:

  • College degree in Business, Supply Chain, or one of the applied sciences
  • Minimum one year purchasing-related experience or have demonstrated knowledge, skills & abilities to perform the above-mentioned tasks
  • Supply Management, Tracking Budget Expenses, Vendor Relationships, Organization, Customer Service, Documentation Skills, Manufacturing Methods and Procedures, Manufacturing Quality, Purchasing, Warehousing, Inventory Control. 
  • Knowledge & ability to negotiate best vendor terms, pricing & delivery based on specific budget & schedule requirements.
  • Must know how to use various software packages & the Internet. Other important qualities include the ability to analyze technical data in suppliers' proposals; good communication, negotiation, & mathematical skills; knowledge of supply-chain management; & the ability to perform financial analyses
  • Must be able to work in a schedule-driven work environment

Physical demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to the office and warehouse conditions prevalent at the time in terms of temperature/weather.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Please send cover letter and resume to: 

Gabriela Oberlander 
goberlander@todaysdesignhouse.com
5205 W. Donges Bay Rd. 
Mequon, WI 53092

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