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Bid Manager

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  • Location

    Reading, Berkshire

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    Up to £0.00 per annum + Negotiable

  • Contact:

    Janet Mottram

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  • Published:

    6 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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An opportunity has arisen for a Bid Manager to join one of our prestigious clients:

Primary Purpose of the Role:

The purpose of this job is to be the person in charge of specific bid-management activities to ensure the successful delivery of a bid or a number of bids.

It requires professional bid management capabilities to be applied - giving rigour to change control, commercial awareness and stakeholder management.

The role is required to bring structure, clarity and governance to the process and discipline relating to bid management activities.

It requires the successful management of the relationship with internal and external key UK and international customers.

It requires the effective management of multi-disciplinary bid teams to deliver high quality business winning proposals.

A requirement of the role is to apply strong business acumen and to maximise Thales' position to secure new business.

Principal Relationships:

Reports to more senior Bid and / or Project Management positions.

Interfaces with Customers and Suppliers

Works directly with Capture Lead on an opportunity specific basis.

Has regular liaison with the Quality Assurance Manager for Bids

Is part of the Bid Leadership Team (Capture Leader, Bid Manager and Project Director) or other Bid Team Members

Regular liaison with other Bid Team Members for coordination, action tracking and facilitating the Bid Data Repository

Liaison with internal comms team in preparing general progress information and updates

Has regular liaison with other business functions, including Technical, Finance, Commercial, Legal, Health & Safety, Operations

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

Undertake the activities that will ensure the successful deliver of the bid (or bids). This will typically include (but is not limited to) the following:

Bring structure, clarity and governance to the process and discipline relating to bid management activities.

Manage the preparation of prequalification response submissions to customers with the objective of securing an invitation to bid.

Participate in Bid Kick-Off meetings, providing bid management direction and engagement with the Bid Team

Manage the creation of the bid deliverables and ensuring review and governance, leading to the creation of a high quality proposal.

Work effectively with Capture Leader to generate win themes that link customer needs with defined benefits of the Thales offering

Ensure that cost estimates / target budgets are provided with support of Systems Engineering / Product Management.

Ensure that cost estimates are effectively reviewed to ensure competitive and winning pricing

Ensure that effective Gate Business Cases are prepared for specific opportunities.

Support the Sales/Capture Lead in any customer negotiations and presentations.

The role will also involve occasional ad-hoc duties that are not listed above but are necessary to respond to the needs of the business. These ad-hoc duties will be consistent with the nature of a management position within Thales.

Key performance Indicators against Responsibilities and Tasks (professional only):

Perform Bid Management duties on one or more Opportunities within the Land Comms Portfolio of SIX UK - specific opportunities to be identified and scoped based on the profile of the successful candidate and the timing of their on-boarding.



Strong, professional bid management skills.

The ability to directly successfully manage a bid team and to drive solutions to successful conclusion.

Strong negotiation skills with the ability to deal with customers, partners, suppliers and other parts of the business (stakeholder management skills).

Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills with written presentation and report writing skills.

Strong, organisational, managerial and team working skills

Analytical skills aligned with the need to carry out detailed investigation of cost variance(s) and publishing of financial information directly into Company financial reports

Commercial, financial and business acumen.

A positive attitude combined with excellent interpersonal and motivational skills.

An ability to successfully manage change

The ability to adapt personal style of management and communication to achieve the desired results from interactions with team members and stakeholders.

A proven track record of delivering successful bids in contexts relevant to Thales.

Working in a complex, multidisciplinary, multi-site organisation.

Can demonstrate the ability to construct of solutions that meet the markets need both commercially and technically

Full business lifecycle management, including capture, qualification and developing capture plans and winning strategies

Extensive client and stakeholder management

Comprehensive understanding of generic processes and techniques used to schedule bid management activities.

Comprehensive experience and understanding of the Bid Management process (including Change Control, Risk Management and Information Management).

Comprehensive experience and knowledge of the bid life cycle

Experience of working across boundaries, including knowledge of commercial management, finance functions.

Has as a minimum a working knowledge of industry standard approaches to bid management (such as Shipley Capture Bench)

Recognising the restricted nature of the work there is a requirement for the candidate to be eligible to obtain Security Clearance for this role.