Based in either London, Leeds, Manchester or Edinburgh, a leading UK law firm requires a strong bids specialist to take on an autonomous and influential role.
This role requires an experienced bids professional to manage the Bids team, lead on key proposals and enhance the level of support and advice provided by the team. The team is well established and supports on a wide range of proposals from "routine" service line opportunities through to major FTSE100 panel opportunities. There are some established best practices, but the team prides itself on it's ethic of continual improvement. The role holder will report to the Head of Business Development & Marketing, and have close working relationships across many areas of the business, including Partners and Senior Managers. Operating centrally, you will have a firm wide remit covering multiple and diverse practice areas. The Bids Manager will be involved in a variety of bid types, ranging from key client panel reviews to one off projects and service line bids as well as smaller credentials pieces. You will operate as a focal point for all new bids, project managing the entire process, including pulling together research and analysis, strategic planning, writing initial drafts and coaching and advising senior internal clients on presentations. You will also mentor more junior members of the team.
To fulfil the requirements of the role, you will need to be very bright intellectually with proven bids and tenders experience in the professional services sector, preferably legal or accountancy. Strong Influencing skills are fundamental to the role of Bids Manager as you will need manage and organise senior partners and other members of the wider business development team. A detailed understanding of public sector procurement and best practice for clients such as Government Procurement Service, health trusts and other public sector bodies will be advantageous, though not an absolute requirement.
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