Bid Manager Location: LeicesterBusiness Unit: Cavendish Nuclear REF: 31408Job PurposeThis role covers a range of responsibilities and accountabilities – including management of the EDF specific pipeline, reporting, bid management, reviewing of bids and other outgoing sales materials, provision of advice and participation across a range of business winning activities. The primary focus of the Bid Manager role will be to ensure submission of winning bids – increasingly frequently in competitive (as opposed to sole source) situations. Bids will be submitted across the EDF and Fusion business unit and range in value, technical solution and commercial model. The Bid Manager will work individually and for larger bids lead a team engaged on an opportunity, operating most notably between Gate 3 (Bid/No Bid) and Gate 5 (Preferred Bidder) status. On occasions they may also manage a prequalification phase following Gate 2. Success will be achieved through application of skills, experience and the company Business Winning process. Managing stakeholder inputs and interests from across the business is a key requirement. Key ResponsibilitiesThe areas of accountability will be to lead the opportunity pipeline and the preparation and submission of winning bids. This will require strong team and internal stakeholder management skills – as well as engaging external supply-chain/partners or other sectors of Babcock.Pipeline Management Responsibilities and AccountabilitiesMaintaining EDF and Fusion pipeline in a condition which is current and passes its Data Health Checks each month (a KPI in effect)Ensuring the pipeline is receiving monthly reviews and checks on its contentProvision of timely advice to internal stakeholders, within the EDF and Fusion business, in maintaining their own sections of the pipelineProvision to business, to various specific requirements, with pipeline outputs, reports, analysis and data requests. Some will be regular and to a consistent template e.g. for monthly business meetings while others will be ad hoc in frequency, content and useUndertaking the above with security of data in mind (the MSD pipeline is an IA asset) and managing its communication and use accordinglyBid ManagementTo submit bids that in doing so have met all schedule milestones and completed to budget agreed at outsetTo prepare for and lead an opportunity through the CN governance process and gate and coloured reviews. This will require a working appreciation and knowledge of the Business Winning processTo identify, secure and mobilise capability and functional support from across the business and external supply-chain. Including, and in conjunction with the Proposal Manager engagement of resource needed to ensure generation of high-scoring proposal responsesTo provide the business with regular progress updates and liaise within the business to manage / mitigate issues which threaten successful bid progressTo ensure application of LFE – in two respects. Firstly within context of the proposed solution and its development and secondly in recognising improvements to a bid that can be gained by on-boarding customer feedback from past relevant projects and bidsEngage with a varied range of SMEs, capability, functional and business personnel during bid preparation – and for coloured reviews e.g. green team reviewEnsuring post-tender / pre-contract submission that clarifications and customer-facing requirements are suitably met and that business delivery has a suitable handover and transfer of ownershipMaintenance of working practices, processes & environment consistent with Company, Regulation and Legislative safety & environmental requirementsEffective bid management to avoid extended working hours and flexibility to meet sacrosanct deadlinesLeadership Responsibilities and AccountabilitiesLeading Self: Is a role model, demonstrating Cavendish principles, promoting health, safety and wellbeing, respect and inclusionLeading Others: Owns the performance and development of their team members, including effective and ongoing communication and feedbackLeading Resources: Responsible for effective planning and organisation of resources to deliver on customer promisesKey Success Factors:The measurements of success will be:Provision of a pipeline that passes Data Health Checks, receives regular updates and is accurate to the opportunities being pursued (measurable)Provision of pipeline reports, outputs and data analysis that add value and support the business in its ongoing activities and growth (measurable)Submission of bid responses that score highly against customer marking criteria – ultimately contributing to secured new work (measurable)Provision of value within information, assistance and advice given to all those in the business requesting assistance particularly including those on development schemes and those involved anywhere in generating business (feedback)Maintenance of working practices, processes & environment consistent with Company, Regulation and Legislative safety & environmental requirementsEffective bid management and flexibility to meet sacrosanct deadlinesSubmission of bids that convert into (profitable) contractsDelivering bids to schedule and budgetPreparation of bids that pass company governance (gate) and coloured reviewsExperience/Qualifications/SkillsEssential:Qualification in a related field, e.g. BSc.Strong organisational traits and ability to respect importance of and meet deadlinesUnderstanding of all aspects of the pipeline – terminology, key data fields, impactsKnowledge of the end to end Business Winning process and management systemStrong communicator – to underpin bid progress in engaging with all other stakeholders participating and contributing to the opportunity (this may include resources external to Cavendish Nuclear)Attention to detail – vital in all aspects of bid formulation including governance and reviewStrong concentration levels – ability to manage disruption especially when undertaking bid reviewsAbility to work under pressure in meeting deadlines – providing flexibility where needed in order to deliverPractical understanding and appreciation of key components underpinning an offer (schedule, supply-chain, risk, contract terms, cost and finance models) – although relevant business functional will normally complete these actual inputs on a bidDesirable:Reasonable knowledge of company capabilities, services and customersKnowledge of the wider (i.e. beyond just proposal writing) Babcock Business Winning processAbility to analyse complex client needs and determine a suitable response.Demonstrate an ability to advise and influence both internally and externally. Ability to challenge in a non-confrontational way. Positive, professional, with the ability to thrive in high-pressure situations and environment. Actively focused on achieving results and objectives and willing to be accountable. Build and maintain relationships with appropriate networks of people.Experience of working in a direct client liaison role.Experience of working in the Nuclear industry.Excellent proficiency in MS Office and Adobe.Membership of an industry professional bodyApplication GuidanceIf you are currently employed by Babcock/Cavendish Nuclear please let your line manager know that you’re applying for this vacancy. You should also let them know if you are attending an interview or assessment for a role.Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date so you may wish to keep a copy of this advert and any supporting documents for your records. 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