Bids Manager

Location: Bristol
Salary: £40,000-£50,000 + Benefits
Call: 0117 321 0588
email: nick@redlandsearch.com


We are looking for an experienced Bid Manager from a Professional Services organisation (law firm, accountancy practice or management consultancy) to join this dynamic and rapidly growing law firm. You will be responsible for delivering best in class Bid Management and driving the Bids Team to the high levels required to succeed at the very top.

In return, we will treat you like the professional you are and entrust you to do your job, whilst giving you all the help you need. We are happy for you to work a 4 day or 5 day week and can offer working from home. We can also offer you the chance to work at a top tier law firm whose HQ is in Bristol, enabling you to make the move to the West Country without compromising your career aspirations.

This law firm is 15 years old and has been growing at 40% per year. We can offer you the chance to join something exciting and you will feel the benefits of helping a rapidly growing institution (as well as all the opportunities that arise in growing companies).

The Role

The compant has a bids and tenders team with a strong track record of winning new business using an efficient and structured process. The team supports the partners in developing compelling, benefits-led and tailored proposals.

This role entails predominantly managing public sector bids from central government departments to individual local authorities. You will work closely with the firm's partners to produce business-winning bids and tenders. Approximately 40% of its formal tenders are to public sector organisations.

The firm is appointed to some of the most prestigious public sector legal panels across its national footprint. These include Tier One on the Crown Commercial Services RM3786 General legal advisory services panel, the London Boroughs Legal Alliance, Cornwall Council's framework for commercial services, the Oxfordshire Legal Services Framework and the North West Consortium for property and planning.

You will report to the Senior Bids Manager and be supported by two Bid Executives and a Bids Assistant.

As Bids Manager, we expect you to deliver the following:

  • Develop a deep knowledge of the company's offering and why it is different - by immersing yourself in the business and understanding its core sectors, clients and service lines.

  • Produce tender analysis informing management information and reporting from all opportunities.

  • Interpreting requirements and advising bid teams on strategy/approach.

  • Writing compelling copy for proposals.

  • Maintaining and updating a bid library of precedent text for tenders.

  • Project managing tenders from opportunity assessment stage through to drafting, submission, post submission feedback and reporting.

  • Managing bid team input at all levels in the business.

  • Preparing teams for presentations and pitches to clients.

  • Managing the continuous development of systems and processes to assist tender production.

  • Working with the firm’s pricing team to develop pricing strategy


Your skills and knowledge

  • Excellent organisational and project management skills with the ability to work to multiple deadlines.

  • Interacting, working and communicating confidently with a wide range of colleagues both verbally and in writing.

  • Excellent spelling and grammar and attention to detail.

  • Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritise tasks.

  • Solid technical/IT understanding.

  • An understanding of the regulatory environment would be advantageous.

The Organisation

It is an ambitious UK law firm built around the needs of its clients. With over 1000 employees and 100 partners across its six UK offices, it has grown considerably in the last three years. Open-minded? Definitively. Forward-focused? Absolutely. An energetic firm with an entrepreneurial, collaborative culture, it is always looking to recruit highly talented individuals with the drive to succeed.

Progressive development, plentiful rewards

They will invest in you from day one. With a personal development plan - tailored to your individual career and personal goals, you’ll have solid foundations to learn and continuous opportunities to grow. They don’t believe that one size fits all either so they offer a wide range of flexible benefits. These include private medical insurance, pension, discounted gym membership, enhanced rates of maternity and paternity pay, travel insurance, annual leave that increases with service length, and the option to buy and sell more.