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  • Bid Manager

    • Exeter or Bristol
    • Up to £50,000
    • Permanent

    Our client, a leading law firm is looking to appoint a Bid Manager to take responsibility for the management of firm-wide bids across 6 offices and all practice areas. This role can be based in either Exeter or Bristol office, and is a full time and permanent position. (If based in Bristol, you will be expected to spend at least two days per week in the Exeter office, where your Bids team is based).

  • Bid Executive

    • Various
    • Up to £35,000
    • Permanent

    A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland is looking to recruit a Bid Executive to join their team. They are flexible on location and you can therefore be based in either of their offices: Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham or Southampton.

    The Bid Executive will support a range of new business opportunities, ranging from formal tenders to informal opportunities, working with the Bid and Client Partners leading the opportunity, other Partners and key stakeholders and of course colleagues in the Bid and New Business team. Your ideas and creative flair will help set the bid / sales approach apart from other law firms, drawing on intel about the client and key knowledge about the firm and the clients they work with. You will report into the Senior Bid Manager and will work closely with the wider Relationship team.

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Having spent over three months searching for a Bid Manager, we spoke to Bid Solutions who almost immediately provided a shortlist of suitable applicants. Within a month we had conducted interviews and made an offer to our preferred candidate. I was so impressed not only with the speed in which Bid Solutions were able to source the selected applicants, but how they completely understood our brief and were able to present candidates who suited not only what we needed professionally, but would also be a cultural fit within our organisation. I would not hesitate to recommend Bid Solutions and will definitely work with them again.

Michelle Whittorn

Head of Bid Management, Virgin Media

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How should you brand your proposal documentation?

I have long been of the mind that at the bid stage any documentation supplied should be supplier branded rather than the buyer. Excluding any mockups (I’m in software).

However, our company has recently been acquired and upon meeting my contemporaries within the new company I have found that they heavily brand their proposal documents and swear by it. They go all out on the cover, include a smattering of on brand photographic imagery where appropriate and even place logos in the header and change bullet points to a brand colour or simple logo. The only supplier branding that remains is in the footer in the main.

I can appreciate both sides but wanted to reach out for an expert’s opinion.

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Can bid management / bid work be a career that allows for flexible working?

Can bid management / bid work be a career that allows for flexible working? Given the deadlines and time pressures of a bid, is it really possible to have the flexibility to work around your ‘other life’ commitments?

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Performance Management

Hi Alison,

I am a Bid Manager in a global bank based in the UK. I would like to know how you impose measures for success for your Bid Writers. Win ratio is the obvious, but given we often find ourselves responding to RFPs we have slim chances of winning, and are regularly used to benchmark tariffs, this doesn’t seem fair as the only tangible measure. Do you have others you use?

Thanks in advance

Sarah

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How Do You Measure the Success of Prewritten Content?

I’m a bid library content manager for a large print solutions organisation. We have a well established and regularly used content library to support bids for a variety of customers, from both the public and private sectors. As part of my role, I’m required to measure the success of the prewritten content. We’ve previously measured this using the quality scores received, however, as I don’t get involved in the bid management process, and therefore the quality of any tailored responses for the final submission, we’re exploring other ways of determining content effectiveness.

Do you have any suggestions or advice about how we can achieve this?

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