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Bid Manager in Wimborne, Dorset


Wimborne, Dorset





Are you an experienced Bid Manager with some Project Management experience? Look no further!
Our client, a leading industry expert in complex system design for aerospace and defence solutions, is seeking a skilled professional to lead bids for future opportunities.

Role purpose:
Responsible for leading bids to secure future opportunities with existing and new Customers.
Responsible from RFQ receipt and assessment, through to bid submission and contract award. Including securing cross functional resources, coordinating their input into a compliant response and presenting to executive committee for approval through corporate governance and risk management.
Understand forward load of bids from Business Development (Sales); in order to align resource for timely kick off and response.
Delivering subsequent projects and programmes to schedule, budget and quality.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop bid plan with Business Development and manage a team to achieve bid deliverables - typically involving Engineering, Procurement, Operations, Quality, Finance, Contracts & Commercial and external partners
  • Obtain bid & proposal spend for bid managed opportunities. Ensure resource demand for these bidding activities is accurately captured and controlled via Microsoft Project Server and addressed through resource councils
  • May also be required to execute delivery of programmes on contract award.
  • Direct, motivate and provide leadership for the team in order to deliver bid/programme to agreed time, budget, quality and benefits
  • Ensure effective and open communication throughout the team and with stakeholders
  • Direct the supply chain for the bid/ programme
  • Integrate the reporting for the programme making best use of available PMO capabilities
  • Ensure team complete inputs as per the Company governance process, conducting gate reviews to schedule including approval from all stakeholders
  • Co-operate with management to meet the employer's legal duties and take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Driven and experienced bid manager with a proven track record of developing and implementing effective plans to secure business and deliver
  • Awareness of offset / industrialization requirements
  • Strong record of operating in a customer service environment
  • Knowledge of the functional disciplines and supply chain that require management
  • Track record of building and maintaining excellent relationships
  • Equivalent of 5 years' experience managing bids and programmes or in functional area with proven delivery track record
  • Knowledge and demonstrable experience of PPM techniques

Core competencies:

  • Leadership & communication - clear direction, guidance and motivation to team
  • Priority & workload management - goal orientation balancing task, team and individual
  • Problem solving skills - able to deal with ambiguities, uncertainties & conflicts
  • Knowledge of project finance
  • Commercially and contractually aware
  • Risk management - mitigate risks, identify opportunities to increase revenue/margin
  • Customer orientation and interface
  • Able to take corporate or 'global' view and deal with senior stakeholders
  • Knowledge of aerospace industry
  • Demonstrable PPM competences
  • Bid/programme performance management - KPIs, metrics
  • Extensive knowledge of MS Office - particularly MS Project
  • Willingness to develop

9 day fortnight - 37 hrs p/w
Hybrid pattern - min 3 days in office, dependent on project and workload
up to 25% (average 10%) UK travel to other Company/Client sites in the UK


This vacancy is being advertised by either Advanced Resource Managers Limited, Advanced Resource Managers IT Limited or Advanced Resource Managers Engineering Limited ("ARM"). ARM is a specialist talent acquisition and management consultancy. We provide technical contingency recruitment and a portfolio of more complex resource solutions. Our specialist recruitment divisions cover the entire technical arena, including some of the most economically and strategically important industries in the UK and the world today. We will never send your CV without your permission.

Job reference 123924_1718796370
Date posted 19 June 2024

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