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Bid Managerat CDW Careers (UK)

Job ID: 
R24_00001056
Team: 
Other
Post Date: 
05 Jul 2024
Location: 
London, United Kingdom
Eligible For Remote Work: 
Security Clearance Required: 
No

Description

Bring your IT career and talents to CDW, where you can have a greater impact, be inspired by our mission and excited about your career and future. A Fortune 200 leader, we’re the driven professionals and technology experts companies turn to most to solve their IT challenges.

About CDW

CDW is a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare customers around the Globe. A Fortune 500 company and member of the S&P 500 Index, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs over 15,000 coworkers, with headquarters across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

CDW prides itself on “making amazing happen”. Our relationships are fueled by our deep expertise and are grounded in the CDW Way.  Our empowering leadership makes things happen and inspires their teams to do the same.  From the teammates beside us to the leaders who guide us, we move forward together.

Job Summary

Bid managers produce the tendering plan and establish the virtual bidding team, which typically includes representation from CDW’s sales, business development management, solutions and project management departments. They work closely with account managers to produce cost models and track completion of written assignments. They also organise appropriate document approvals and bid submission.

Essentially, bid managers oversee the proposal development process to produce high-quality, compliant bids on time and in an organised fashion.

What you’ll do:

·       Supporting the bid/no bid review, providing rationale for the pursuit decision

·       Manage the proposal project, working closely with the account manager who 'owns' the opportunity

·       Produce and manage the proposal project plan (including risk analysis and contingency planning), ensuring that all necessary activities are completed on time

·       Build the proposal team - identify and brief the staff who need to be involved, and ensure their focus and motivation

·       On a project-by-project basis, co-ordinate and manage the activities of the other proposal centre staff who may be involved in the proposal

·       Facilitate the proposal strategy meeting, with the account team and other key proposal contributors, to establish a clear strategy (based on customer and competitive analysis) and to 'storyboard' proposal content

·       Coach and chase content contributors as required - managing content quality reviews

·       Review and critique content as it is produced by the contributors and proposal managers. Ensure that the overall document tells a consistent and clear story.

·       Ensure that all relevant processes are followed as required (e.g. qualification, approvals), and lead meetings as required

·       Coach the bid presentation team if required (slide development, logistics, rehearsals etc.)

·       Lead proposal learning reviews (providing objective facilitation, and developing clear action plans)

·       Once a proposal has been submitted, identify new content that may be re-usable via the team's pre-written content library

·       Suggest, lead and contribute to projects to improve the organisation’s bid and proposal management capabilities.

What you need to succeed:

·       Minimum three years’ experience in bids and proposals – in purchasing and/or sales - of which at least two must have been spent on the vendor side of the table

·       Clear understanding of strategic proposal management processes, including pre-proposal planning, strategy development and storyboarding – as well as overall proposal project management

·       Excellent facilitation skills – able to build and motivate proposal teams, generate creativity, act as an effective “devil’s advocate”. Understand and use a range of effective facilitation techniques.

·       Able to quickly establish credibility and rapport with sales and business staff and to form teams across organisational boundaries

·       Strong project management skill-set and mindset; able to manage teams and projects under tight time pressure

·       ‘Business-savvy' – some relevant market understanding ideal (but not essential from Day One)

·       Good purchasing empathy (able to “read between the lines” of the RFP to identify the customer’s drivers).

·       Strong strategic thinking (to develop proposal strategies, with the account team)

·       Enthusiasm for working in an intensive, deadline-driven and high-profile role

·       Good strategic proposal writing skills

·       Able to work effectively on multiple, concurrent projects

·       Ideally, holding at least Foundation Level APMP accreditation, with a clear plan in place to reach certified Practitioner Level over time

More about CDW and your career with us:

At CDW, you’ll work with people who inspire you. People with positive, success-driven attitudes whom you will learn and forge strong relationships with. Bring your best true self — and your best ideas — to CDW.  Because diverse perspectives bring forth better problem solving — and better solutions for our customers in a rapidly evolving technology landscape.

CDW is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a policy of non-discrimination towards all coworkers and applicants for employment in all aspects of employment. CDW does not discriminate against any applicant because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion/belief, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis that is prohibited by local employment law, including those protected by the UK Equality Act 2010. 

We encourage candidates from all walks of life to apply and join us in our mission of cultivating a culture of belonging, diversity and inclusion for better collaboration, innovation, and business results.

Together, we strive to create a workplace where everyone feels like they belong and is empowered to bring their full energy, capabilities and authenticity for coworker and business benefits. Will you be a part of it?

What we offer:

  • Life Assurance
  • Competitive Contributory Pension
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Enhanced Maternity Pay
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Option to buy additional holiday
  • Dental Insurance
  • Season Ticket Loan + additional perks

Who we are:
CDW is a leading technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations across the globe. Our fingerprints can be found on technology in workplaces of more than 250,000 companies; from fresh-faced start-ups to international conglomerates. With the breadth of products and services we offer, there is no request too big or too small. 

What you can expect from us: Culture, coworkers, careers. 
CDW is not only the People Who Get IT but the People who get People. Our relationships are fueled by our deep expertise and grounded in the CDW Way. Our empowering leadership makes things happen and inspires their teams to do the same. From the teammates beside us to the leaders who guide us, we move forward together. At CDW, you’ll work with people who inspire you. People with positive, success-driven attitudes who you will learn from and forge strong relationships with. Bring your best true self—and your best ideas—to CDW. Because diverse perspectives bring forth better problem solving—and better solutions for our customers on a rapidly evolving technology landscape.
 

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