Park Place Technologies Cleveland, OH, USA
Jul 07, 2018
Job Description JOB SUMMARY: The Pricing Analyst's primary function is to price, assess, and cost-load quote proposals to support the sales group through the customer acquisition and contract addendum function. The pricing function consists of compiling technical information from different sources to generate a quote for data center warranty services. The position requires attention to detail as essential to the role. This position ensures accurate pricing and clean, well-formatted proposal documents. In addition, the Pricing Analyst will interact with and function as a liaison for Pricing Department and the other departments within the company, notably Sales, Finance and Operations. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Independently generates well-developed, accurate, and clearly formatted quote proposals. • Meets department quote volume and quality standards. • Manages quote turnaround expectations, ensuring timely quote completion and minimizing revisions, reprioritizing without direction, when appropriate. • Researches information such as list pricing, current contract pricing, equipment specifications and configurations. • Make recommendations for approving deviations from standard pricing based on volume, competitive information and an understanding of end user customer needs. • Inputs accurate and up-to-date records on pricing and quotes, including rationale for pricing decisions and discounts, e.g. exception documentation. • Understands IT equipment, data center configurations, as well as how components interact with each other in order to accurately price and identify missing components. • Interprets equipment scripts to extract configuration data, work with Operations and higher-level Engineers to understand cost and failure rates for various product types or models. • Works with Sales, Finance, and Operations teams to create mutually-beneficial solutions. • Ad-hoc analysis, as needed. • Able to create reports for review or participate in special projects related to cost data and incident history reporting. • Attend meetings and keep current on all impacts to job and team. OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Position may be assigned a specialization. • Must be able to work additional hours during month end or times of critical volume. • Other duties as assigned. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.) Education Associate's degree or equivalent minimum; Bachelor's degree preferred. Experience 2 to 4 years pricing-related experience (Finance, Statistics, Actuarial, Accounting, database management, reporting). Advanced level skill and experience with Microsoft Excel (v-lookups, pivot tables, conditional formatting, advanced formulas). Knowledge and experience in reading, understanding and formulating responses to pricing quote requests and RFP's. Familiarity with the data center hardware industry, preferred. Prior sales support experience, preferred. Ability to work long hours or over standard when required. Certifications or Licenses None required. Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Communication Skills: Excellent communication skills - both verbal and written. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, business plans, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups employees, customers or vendors, etc. Ability to regularly, clearly and effectively communicate with Sales, Pricing, various other teams, and vendors. Mathematical Skills: Possess numbers acumen. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry, statistical analysis and data modeling. Proficient with operations in MS Excel. Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully. Looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at first answers. Outside the box thinker who looks for creative solutions. Organizational Skills: Must be strongly detail-oriented and have project management and follow through skills. Ability to prioritize and multi-task. Ability to handle multiple proposals and deadlines at once. TRAVEL REQUIRED: 0% PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (The physical demands and work environment described here 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.) • Long periods of time sitting at a desk (daily). • Manual dexterity to type on computer keyboard and operate general office equipment, such as phone, fax/copier/scanner. • Must be able to speak and hear adequately. • Clear vision at close distances. WORK ENVIRONMENT: (The physical demands and work environment described here 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.) Office environment (closed climate). PI103274426 Company Description Over the past two decades, Park Place Technologies has quickly expanded to become the premier data center hardware maintenance provider nationwide. Park Place Technologies is a 4-time VAR 500 award recipient, 4-time Crain's Leading Edge award winner, a Plain Dealer Best Place to Work, and is a 7-time Northcoast 99 winner - making it one of the fastest growing technology firms around, and one of the best places to work in NE Ohio. We maintained a negligible turnover rate and our "best place to work" status in 2016 not only with our years of record growth, but by cultivating a truly exceptional culture of career training, internal advancement, collaboration, and team & individual success. Make a big splash with a career at Park Place Technologies! Visit www.ParkPlaceTechnologies.com/Careers to learn more!