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Cost Estimator


RELCO, has recently joined the Koch family of companies as of November 2020. For 38 years, RELCO has been providing process technologies to over 500 cheese & dairy plants across the globe including: Cheese Systems & Equipment, Evaporators, Drying Systems & Components, Powder Handling Systems & Equipment, and Aftermarket Solutions. We are committed to delivering projects on schedule and within budget to create long-term customer relationships. We focus on alternative thinking to ensure our customers experience superior results.

We are currently looking for a Cost Estimator to join our Sales team at our Drachten facility

Location: Drachten Netherlands

What You Will Do In Your Role

  • Coordinates with process engineering to liaison with process engineering on specifications, choice of material, etc.
  • Creates preliminary project schedules as a basis to determine project costs and lead times, so estimated milestones can be agreed with customers.
  • Requests quotes for project components from suppliers, at the direction of sales/process engineering staff for the quotation.
  • Estimate potential projects based on P&ID/layout design documents.
  • Assist the Sales/Process Engineering staff to accurately price “Standard Manufactured Items” for the company.
  • Discusses the project proposal to the client with the commercial manager/technical director, so that he is aware of the content of the project and the initial planning and correctly includes the milestones in the project planning.
  • Discusses the project proposal with the controller, so that the calculations are correctly entered in the project administration.
  • Maintains subsequent calculations for completed projects.
  • Develops & maintains estimating policy and procedure.
  • Assists process engineering and drafting staff to determine an accurate price for Standard Production Items.
  • Develop and maintain an estimation system

The Experience You Will Bring


  • HBO/MBO degree in mechanical engineering
  • Technical background in mechanical engineering
  • Ability to read specifications and translate this into a budget
  • AutoCAD experience
  • Excellent knowledge in Excel and Microsoft Office package
  • Accuracy and great analytical skillset
  • Excellent communication skills in English

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Experience within a similar position ideally in dairy/ food/ pharma industry
  • Knowledge with sanitary design of process installations
  • Knowledge of Evaporators and Spray Dryers


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