A bid manager oversees the process of bidding on contracts, from initial development and structuring to placing the bid to follow-up. They typically oversee a team that gathers the necessary information, performs cost analysis, and completes other tasks that are necessary to create an accurate and successful bid. Additionally, the bid manager is responsible for reporting the status of bids to executive management. An average day for a bid manager involves assessing the status of bids in progress, checking in with colleagues and department team members, reporting to direct supervisors, performing research, and refining bid data to present a polished bid. The job takes place primarily indoors, though in some cases travel and on-site inspection may be necessary for the manager to gather additional information for project completion.
Requirements for the position of bid manager vary by company, as well as the specific product or service for bid. In general, candidates are expected to hold a bachelor's degree in business administration or a related field. They should also have experience in the organization's field. Individuals who work as bid managers have usually worked as junior bid associates and accumulated significant experience prior to taking on a more senior role. Individuals who work as bid managers must have excellent interpersonal skills, as well as time management and multitasking skills.
Bid Manager Tasks
- Manage the bid budget.
- Manage large bids.
- Ensure review of the bid process and contract.
- Monitor progress and resolve issues that arise.