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Now Hiring: Inside Sales / Customer Care, Zeeland, MI

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Location: Zeeland, MI

Job Title:  Inside Sales/Customer Care                     FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt

Department:  Sales                                                    Reports to: Inside Sales Manager

Summary: Inside Sales Rep is responsible for serving Zeeland Lumber’s customers in an engaging way.  Its purpose is to promote, price, and sell building products to existing and new clients.  It will include meeting with walk-in customers, talking with phone-in customers, and occasional job-site visits.  Participate and contribute to company goals and strategic plan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greeting customers as they enter our office/showroom
  • Writing up walk-in and phone-in customers’ orders
  • Assisting customers with pricing, product and delivery status information
  • Engaging in customers’ projects
    • Asking questions to qualify customer needs
    • Returning project quotes in a timely manner (based on customer need)
    • Following up on possible orders
  • Continual responsibility of being a cooperative resource to customers and fellow employees
  • Pricing responsibility on special order products—gross margin accountability
    • Working knowledge and everyday use of technology including but not limited to email, phones, internet, MS Word, MS Excel, bisTrack, WMS, & ADP
  • Showroom procedures
    • Pulling lockset orders / re-keying
    • Cycle counts for inventory
  • General knowledge on all of Zeeland Lumber’s products

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Leadership and organizational abilities.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and cognitive skills.
  • Commitment to company values.
  • Ability to solve problems

Success Factors

Personal characteristics/behavior that contribute to the ability to do your job well:

  • Respect for employees, customers, vendors and management.
  • Respect for the Organization and its information
  • Willingness to serve the customer
  • Teamwork mentality
  • Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a cooperative manner with customers, co-workers, vendors & management.

Education / Training / Experience

  • High School degree a minimum
  • Experience in the Building Industry
  • Working knowledge on deliveries and wood-shop operations
  • Heart for the customer and their needs.

Reporting to this Position:    None

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  1. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 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.
  2. Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Most of the job will be performed within the office environment, specifically at the front desk and on the showroom floor.  There will be occasional need to go to the warehouse and actual job-sites.

Summary:

The above is a list of activities routinely performed by this position and includes the essential functions an individual must perform for the position.  The above list is not all inclusive and the Inside Sales Manager reserves the right to add and/or remove any job duties as deemed necessary at any time.  The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence of policies.

Now Hiring: Receptionist

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Location: Zeeland, MI

Job Title:         Receptionist / Admin                                     FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt

Department:  Customer Care                                               Reports to:     Inside Sales Manager

Summary: Receptionist is responsible for serving Zeeland Lumber’s customers in an engaging way.  Its purpose is to promote customer service for both external and internal customers.  It will include assisting walk-in customers, talking with phone-in customers, answering phones, and general customer care.  Participate and contribute to company goals and strategic plan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greeting customers as they enter our office/showroom
  • Answer phones
  • Assist customers with pricing, order, product and delivery status information
  • Process customer sales orders/changes and deliveries according to established department policies and procedures
  • Process customer returns according to established department policies and procedures
  • Partner with sales reps to meet and exceed customers’ service expectations
  • Working knowledge and everyday use of technology including but not limited to email, phones, internet, MS Word, MS Excel, BisTrack, & ADP
  • Perform other related duties as assigned such as answering phones

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Leadership and organizational abilities.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and cognitive skills.
  • Commitment to company values.
  • Ability to solve problems

Success Factors

Personal characteristics/behavior that contribute to the ability to do your job well:

  • Respect for employees, customers, vendors and management.
  • Respect for the Organization and its information
  • Willingness to serve the customer
  • Teamwork mentality
  • Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a cooperative manner with customers, co-workers, vendors & management.

Education / Training / Experience

  • High School degree a minimum
  • Experience in the Building Industry
  • Heart for the customer and their needs.

Reporting to this Position:    None

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  1. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 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.
  1. Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Summary:

The above is a list of activities routinely performed by this position and includes the essential functions an individual must perform for the position.  The above list is not all inclusive and the Branch Manager reserves the right to add and/or remove any job duties as deemed necessary at any time.  The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence of policies.

Now Hiring: Customer Service Representative

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Location: Zeeland, MI

Job Title:   Customer Service Representative                        FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt

Department:  Customer Care                                               Reports to:     Inside Sales Manager

Summary: Customer Service Representative is responsible for serving Zeeland Lumber’s customers in an engaging way.  Its purpose is to promote customer service for both external and internal customers.  It will include assisting walk-in customers, talking with phone-in customers, purchase order entry, material receiving, answering phones, scheduling, and invoicing.  Participate and contribute to company goals and strategic plan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greeting customers as they enter our office/showroom
  • Answer phones
  • Assist customers with pricing, order, product and delivery status information
  • Schedule some customer deliveries in coordination with dispatch
  • Process customer sales orders/changes and deliveries according to established department policies and procedures
  • Retrieve builder purchase orders from the internet
  • Track customer purchase orders through Excel spreadsheets, specifically purchase order variances
  • Assist with price and account reconciliations between builders and accounts receivable
  • Process customer returns according to established department policies and procedures
  • Process and receive stock and special order product
  • Partner with sales reps to meet and exceed customers’ service expectations
  • Working knowledge and everyday use of technology including but not limited to email, phones, internet, MS Word, MS Excel, BisTrack, & ADP
  • Perform other related duties as assigned such as answering phones

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Leadership and organizational abilities.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and cognitive skills.
  • Commitment to company values.
  • Ability to solve problems

Success Factors

Personal characteristics/behavior that contribute to the ability to do your job well:

  • Respect for employees, customers, vendors and management.
  • Respect for the Organization and its information
  • Willingness to serve the customer
  • Teamwork mentality
  • Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a cooperative manner with customers, co-workers, vendors & management.

Education / Training / Experience

  • High School degree a minimum
  • Experience in the Building Industry
  • Heart for the customer and their needs.

Reporting to this Position:    None

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  1. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 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.
  1. Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Summary:

The above is a list of activities routinely performed by this position and includes the essential functions an individual must perform for the position.  The above list is not all inclusive and the Controller reserves the right to add and/or remove any job duties as deemed necessary at any time.  The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence of policies.

Now Hiring: Project Coordinator

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Job Title:  Project Coordinator                                                  FLSA Status:       Exempt

Department:  Commercial / Multi-Family               Reports to:         VP Sales

Summary:  The Project Coordinator is responsible to coordinate multi-family (apartments, hotels, assisted living facilities, dorm, etc.) installation projects and manage contracts.  They will coordinator, service, and secure labor and materials with various commercial customers and projects.  By creating solutions, value and service, this person will grow professional relationships with customers, and communicate company vision, products, and services to customers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate multi-family installation projects
    • Ensure that all plans and specs are current.
    • Coordinate installation schedule with General Contractor and sub-contractor.
    • Coordinate material delivery schedule. Both with Zeeland Lumber and Zeeland Contractor Services.
    • Process all change orders in a timely manner.
    • Attend progress meetings as required.
    • Coordinate accurate billing with accounting department
  • Be involved in all aspects of the multi-family framing bidding process.
    • Review job specifications related to bid requests.
    • Work with estimating group to ensure correct materials are being quoted.
    • Coordinate labor estimates.
    • Prepare final bid documents.
  • Management of multi-family material-only contracts.
    • Ensure that all plans and specs are current.
    • Process all change orders in a timely manner.
    • Visit job sites at least once a week.
    • Ensure that materials are being used as intended at job site.
    • Coordinate accurate billing with accounting department
  • Holding field personnel accountable to agreed upon standards and scope of work.
  • Weekly jobsite visits and punch lists.
  • Scheduling work crews to meet customer’s schedule, and coordinating the material and labor.
  • Network with internal departments to actively promote, provide quotes, and present to customers.  This would include trusses, wall panels, windows, doors, trim, roofing, siding, cabinetry, flooring, etc.
  • Driving costs out of installation and creating efficiencies for materials.
  • Help resolve problems and conflict with sales manager and appropriate personnel in a timely fashion for customer satisfaction.
  • General maintenance of account base to ensure needs are met or exceeded.
  • Fulfill special order and purchase order requirements as ordering.
  • Perform job with utmost professionalism and respect to the customer, vendor, while assuring that the best interests of the company are being met.
  • Comply with company policies as it relates to procedures and reporting.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Product knowledge, building industry knowledge, ability to read blueprints and perform material take-off on commercial / multi-family projects.
  • Ability to work logically and systematically, with good time management.
  • Problem solving skills and the ability to offer creative solutions.
  • Ability to work with people of different levels.
  • IT literacy, technological knowledge, ability to handle electronic data.
  • Flexibility and the ability to manage change.
  • Excellent listening skills and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Willingness to strive to succeed no matter what obstacles may come.
  • Excellent driving record and valid driver’s license.
  • Positive attitude to continued learning and continual improvement.

Education / Training / Experience

  • Technical studies/school certification
  • Qualified candidates will possess 5 years of related education and/or experience, particularly in the area of building materials or construction.

Reporting to this Position:           None

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  1. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.  The employee must 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.
  1. Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.  The work location will be determined by project jobsites requiring overnight travel.

The above is a list of activities routinely performed by this position and includes the essential functions an individual must perform for the position.  The above list is not all inclusive and the VP Sales reserves the right to add and/or remove any job duties as deemed necessary at any time.

Now Hiring: Commercial / Multi-Family Business Manager

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Location: Zeeland, MI

Job Title:  Commercial/Multi-Family Business Manager                     FLSA Status:  Exempt

Department:  Sales                                                                                     Reports to:  VP of Sales

Summary: Commercial / Multi-Family Business Manager is responsible for developing systems to improve the customer experience and profitability of Zeeland Lumber in the large project portion of the business.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage Processes from Bid to Close on Commercial jobs
  • Track all jobs that are bidding and sold and be able to report on them at all times
  • Be a part in the contract review process when receiving purchase orders
  • Work with sales reps to prepare quotes for approval by VP of Sales
  • Streamline Bid Forms so they are consistent across the company
  • Create RFI and submittal forms and processes that are consistent across company
    • Submit the RFI’s and submittals for each job
  • Ensure that we handle change orders quickly when problems arise
  • Track where we are in each project in terms of shipped versus quote
  • Collaborate with estimating team in Zeeland Weekly to check on quote lead time and quote schedule
  • Participate in weekly KPI meetings to report on commercial sales results
  • Manage Bi-Weekly Commercial meetings with sales reps and operations
  • Manage customer experience for commercial customers
    • Collaborate with operational leaders to meet the schedules and expectations of each project
    • Use and create better scheduling modules for customers and operations to create clear expectations of deadline.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • 5 years of commercial sales/estimating required
  • Excellent time management including but not limited to excellent organizational skills, detail oriented, manage multiple priorities, work logically and systematically, etc.
  • Strong analytical and cognitive skills.
  • Working knowledge and everyday use of technology including but not limited to email, phones, internet, MS Word, MS Excel, BisTrack, WMS, & ADP
  • Problem solving skills and the ability to offer creative solutions.
  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.

Education / Training / Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Reporting to this Position:  N/A

SUCCESS FACTORS:

Personal characteristics/behavior that contribute to the ability to do your job well:

  • Respect for employees, customers, vendors and management.
  • Heart for the customer and their needs.
  • Provides service to customers in a courteous and professional manner
  • Commitment to company values.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  1. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.  The employee must 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.
  1. Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Summary:

The above is a list of activities routinely performed by this position and includes the essential functions an individual must perform for the position.  The above list is not all inclusive and the VP of Sales reserves the right to add and/or remove any job duties as deemed necessary at any time.  The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence of policies.

Now Hiring: Service & Parts Coordinator

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Location: Zeeland, MI

Job Title:   Service & Parts Coordinator        FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt

Department:  Window / Exterior Door        Reports to:     Specialty Product Sales Coordinator

Summary: Service & Parts Coordinator is responsible for serving Zeeland Lumber’s customers in service and parts coordination.  Its purpose is to enhance sales and service in the windows, exterior doors, and cabinet departments.  It will include meeting with walk-in customers and talking with phone-in customers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Accurately enter quotes and orders with all information needed to ensure successful interaction with operations.
  • Receive and process incoming internal parts orders. Notify co-workers of the receipt of the parts and when necessary, schedule the service appointment in which parts are to be installed
  • Collect and process payments for window/door service calls
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of window service parts; reporting this data to outside suppliers as requested
  • Maintain an accurate inventory of select window and exterior door stock items
  • Greeting customers as they enter our office/showroom
  • Writing up walk-in and phone-in customers’ orders
  • Assisting customers with product, delivery, and service status information
  • Coordinate installations & perform scheduling and paperwork for installed overhead garage doors & window service.
  • Assist with scheduling work crews to meet customer’s schedule, and coordinating the material/labor.
  • Engaging in customers’ projects
    • Asking questions to qualify customer needs
    • Identify product brand and specs. with customers
    • Returning project information in a timely manner (based on customer need)
    • Following up on customer requests and possible orders
  • Continual responsibility of being a cooperative resource to customers and fellow employees

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Excellent time management including but not limited to excellent organizational skills, detail oriented, manage multiple priorities, work logically and systematically, etc.
  • Working knowledge and everyday use of technology including but not limited to email, phones, internet, MS Word, MS Excel, BisTrack, WMS, & ADP
  • Problem solving skills and the ability to offer creative solutions.
  • Flexibility and the ability to manage change.
  • Excellent listening skills and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Positive attitude to continued learning and continual improvement.

Education / Training / Experience

  • High School degree a minimum
  • Experience in the Building Industry
  • Knowledge of blueprints

Success Factors

Personal characteristics/behavior that contribute to the ability to do your job well:

  • Respect for employees, customers, vendors and management.
  • Respect for the Organization and its information
  • Willingness to serve the customer
  • Teamwork mentality
  • Product & building industry knowledge.

Reporting to this Position:    None

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  1. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 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.
  1. Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Most of the job will be performed within the office environment, specifically at a desk and on the showroom floor.  There will be occasional need to go to the warehouse and actual job-sites for deliveries or customer sales calls.

Summary:

The above is a list of activities routinely performed by this position and includes the essential functions an individual must perform for the position.  The above list is not all inclusive and the Specialty Product Sales Coordinator reserves the right to add and/or remove any job duties as deemed necessary at any time.  The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence of policies.

Now Hiring: Receptionist / Admin

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Location: Zeeland, MI

Job Title:         Receptionist / Admin                                     FLSA Status:    Non-Exempt

Department:  Customer Care                                               Reports to:     Branch Manager

 Summary: Receptionist is responsible for serving Zeeland Lumber’s customers in an engaging way.  Its purpose is to promote customer service for both external and internal customers.  It will include assisting walk-in customers, talking with phone-in customers, answering phones, and general customer care.  Participate and contribute to company goals and strategic plan.

Receptionist Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greeting customers as they enter our office/showroom
  • Answer phones
  • Assist customers with pricing, order, product and delivery status information
  • Process customer sales orders/changes and deliveries according to established department policies and procedures
  • Process customer returns according to established department policies and procedures
  • Partner with sales reps to meet and exceed customers’ service expectations
  • Working knowledge and everyday use of technology including but not limited to email, phones, internet, MS Word, MS Excel, BisTrack, & ADP
  • Perform other related duties as assigned such as answering phones

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Leadership and organizational abilities.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and cognitive skills.
  • Commitment to company values.
  • Ability to solve problems

Success Factors

Personal characteristics/behavior that contribute to the ability to do your job well:

  • Respect for employees, customers, vendors and management.
  • Respect for the Organization and its information
  • Willingness to serve the customer
  • Teamwork mentality
  • Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a cooperative manner with customers, co-workers, vendors & management.

Education / Training / Experience

  • High School degree a minimum
  • Experience in the Building Industry
  • Heart for the customer and their needs.

Reporting to this Position:    None

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  1. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 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.
  1. Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Summary:

The above is a list of activities routinely performed by this position and includes the essential functions an individual must perform for the position.  The above list is not all inclusive and the Branch Manager reserves the right to add and/or remove any job duties as deemed necessary at any time.  The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence of policies.

Now Hiring: Project Coordinator / Estimator

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Location: Mishawaka, IN

Job Title:  Project Coordinator / Estimator                            FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Department:  Sales                                                                          Reports to:  VP of Sales

Job Description:

Project Coordinator / Estimator is responsible for serving customers in an engaging way.  Its purpose is to promote customer service for both external and internal customers.  It will include assisting walk-in customers, talking with phone-in customers, purchase order entry, material receiving, answering phones, scheduling, compiling data and creating reports.  Accurately estimate projects for a variety of customers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greeting customers as they enter our Sales office
  • Assist customers with pricing, order, product and delivery status information
  • Schedule some customer deliveries in coordination with dispatch
  • Provide accurate building material take-off, estimating, value engineering and providing solutions to homeowner, contractor and/or house accounts as required
  • Accurately create/process customer sales orders/changes and deliveries according to established department policies and procedures to ensure successful interaction with operations (On-time/Complete)
  • Assist with price and account reconciliations between builders and accounts receivable
  • Partner with sales team to meet and exceed customers’ service expectations
  • Network with internal departments to actively promote, provide quotes, and present to customers.  This would include trusses, windows, doors, trim, roofing, siding, cabinetry, ZCS, etc.
  • Assist VP of Sales with requested reports.
  • Organize proposals and create project pricing.
  • Provide engineering support and solutions for all staff and walk-in customers
  • Network with internal departments to actively promote, provide quotes, and present to customers.  This would include trusses, windows, doors, trim, roofing, siding, ZCS, etc.
  • Commit to continual education and training on product, sales development and estimating.
  • Follow up on potential projects and provide feedback as necessary.
  • Comply with company policies as it relates to procedures, reporting.
  • Accurately enter quotes and orders with all information needed to ensure successful interaction with operations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Attend various HBA/sales/networking events as needed.
  • Assist accounts as assigned by VP of Sales.

 Qualifications / Requirements

  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Time management: the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
  • Working knowledge and everyday use of technology including but not limited to email, phones, internet, MS Word, MS Excel, BisTrack, WMS, & ADP
  • Detail oriented & Self-motivation
  • Strong analytical and cognitive skills with ability to solve problems
  • Product knowledge, building industry knowledge, and ability to perform material take-off on projects.
  • Ability to learn and grow as industry changes.
  • Excellent listening skills and interpersonal communication skills.

Education / Training / Experience

  • Associate Degree in related field is preferred
  • Experience in the Building Industry
  • Heart for the customer and their needs.

 Reporting to this Position:          None

Physical Demands and Work Environment

 The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  1. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.  The employee must 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.
  1. Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

The above is a list of activities routinely performed by this position and includes the essential functions an individual must perform for the position.  The above list is not all inclusive and the VP of Sales reserves the right to add and/or remove any job duties as deemed necessary at any time.

Cost of Steel on the Rise

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Looking to build a new construction home this year?

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What about adding a Post Frame Building to your property?

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Here are some things you NEED to know:

  • Global steel suppliers have reported pricing increases for over 16 weeks straight.
  • The increase in steel has jumped 25% YTD.
  • 7 million tons reduced in domestic capacity couple with increased short term demand
  • Increased raw material cost
  • Increase in tariff action has caused a 5 million tons decreased in import
  • Increase in steel making materials has led to reduction in global production against strong demand
  • Closing of domestic producers have caused 5.5 million tons to be removed from the domestic market
  • Steel suppliers are reporting their lowest inventory levels in over 18-months
  • 20% less foreign steel has arrived in the USA YTD

Steel Roles

Although steel isn’t necessarily required for these projects, it has been the preferred material of use for years. Foreign steel manufactures have been exporting their steel at ultra-low costs based on their excess capacity, and have done so to drive employment and capacity utilization. This has caused domestic producers to match these lower steel prices to stay competitive here at home.

We have been fortunate with the ease of availability and price of steel for so many years that finally the sale price of steel being lower than the cost of manufacturing has caught up. Domestic steel producers have suffered great downturn based on this need. Foreign steel has caused many of these companies to operate in the negative forcing closures or others to stagnate based on peripheral goods and services.  Along with  competition in the market place, raw steel pricing has increased, causing cost to produce to rise.

There have been actions taken in an attempt to rectify the current state, such as trade cases that have successfully blocked the import of foreign steel in an effort to breathe life back into the domestic markets. Steel will still be available for these future builds, but expect to see a higher cost and lead time attached to your project.

Now Hiring: Cabinet Sales & Design Rep

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Location: Zeeland, MI

Job Title:  Cabinet Sales & Design Rep                       FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt plus commission

Department:  Cabinet Sales                                       Reports to:  VP of Business Development

 Summary: Cabinet Sales & Design Rep is responsible for serving Zeeland Lumber’s customers.  Its purpose is to design, promote, price, and sell cabinets, countertops, and other building products to existing and new clients.  It will include meeting with walk-in customers, talking with phone-in customers, and occasional job-site visits.  Participate and contribute to company goals and strategic plan.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greeting customers as they enter our showroom
  • Writing up / quoting walk-in and phone-in customers’ orders
  • Assisting customers with pricing, product and delivery status information
  • Engaging in customers’ projects
    • Asking questions to qualify customer needs
    • Cabinet and countertop quoting using 20/20 software, blue-prints and/or other information given by customers
    • Identify product brand and specs. with customers
    • Returning project quotes in a timely manner (based on customer need)
    • Jobsite visits and measures as needed
    • Following up on customer requests and possible orders
  • Network with internal departments (trusses, windows, doors, trim, roofing, siding, ZCS, etc.) to actively promote, provide quotes, and present work to customers.
  • Continual responsibility of being a cooperative resource to customers and fellow employees
  • Pricing responsibility on special order products—gross margin accountability
  • Commit to continual education and training on product and sales development.
  • Able to resolve problems and conflicts in a professional manner and in a timely fashion for customer satisfaction.
  • Working knowledge and everyday use of technology including but not limited to 20/20, email, phones, internet, MS Word, MS Excel, BisTrack, & ADP
  • Attend HBA events or other sales and networking events as necessary or assigned.
  • Reach established sales goals as set by management
  • General knowledge on all of Zeeland Lumber’s products

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • Product knowledge, building industry knowledge, and ability to perform material take-off on projects.
  • Willing to work from any of our locations.
  • Ability to learn and grow as industry changes.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and cognitive skills.
  • Commitment to company values.

 Education / Training / Experience

  • Preferable interior design degree
  • Two years interior design experience
  • Two years experience in sales in related field
  • Proficient in 2020 cabinetry design software

 Reporting to this Position:     No direct reports

Physical Demands and Work Environment

 The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

  1. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.  The employee must 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.
  1. Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

Summary:

The above is a list of activities routinely performed by this position and includes the essential functions an individual must perform for the position.  The above list is not all inclusive and the President reserves the right to add and/or remove any job duties as deemed necessary at any time.  The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence of policies.