What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Bid Manager in Portsmouth:
"Bid Management Is Stressful But Has Its Rewards."
Get project management qualifications (Association of Project Managers), use what you learn day to day on bids. Ensure you are a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals and use their best practice methods. Work on bids that will win, by: a/Starting before you receive the Response for Quotation (RFQ) - focus on what you need to do to win. B/Ensure the business can deliver on their promises. C/ The company is focussed on winning and is going to put in the effort (finance).
Bid Manager in Cambridge:
"Commercial Bid Management at Morpho."
You Need to be extremely well organised.
You Need to be flexible.
You must be a strong communicator understanding what you are responsible for.
You must be able to meet deadlines.
Lead a cross functional global team.
Need to problem solve.
Build strong relationships across the business through being authentic and respectful.
Willingness to go the extra mile.
Need to be flexible with working hours - US West Coast and Asia particularly.
What is it like working as a Bid Manager?
Bid Manager in Save The Children:
"Challenging, interesting, sometimes frustration"
Pros: Good colleagues; interesting scope of work; quite a bit of international travel, medium stress level
Cons: Can be frustrating coordinating across so many teams; tight deadlines