Graduate Bid Manager

Graduate Bid Manager

Job Description

Job ID: 16177
Job Function: Business DevelopmentDefence
Job Term: Permanent
Job Region: UK & Europe
Posted Date: 24 Feb 2022

Job Overview

The bid management function supports TVS business development by creating the responses to tender opportunities. Every day, hundreds of tenders are issued by the government and private companies. Each is an opportunity to secure valuable new contracts and grow our business. Last year, the UK government spent £200 billion on procurement. We want a slice of that pie! In 2020, TVS won circa £24.7m of new business through a combination of bidding and business development activity.

As soon as we receive an invitation to tender, our bid management process begins. But what does that process involve? Well, we review the customer’s detailed requirements and bring together the TVS team that combines the expertise needed to be able to respond accordingly – often to very pressing timescales, with a high degree of accuracy.

Potential customers want to know:

  • what services we can provide
  • how we intend to provide them
  • the benefits that our solution will deliver, and
  • at what price.

The process can involve the design of new solutions for the customer’s requirements. And we need to provide a cost which is competitive enough to win the contract, but give us the profit margin we need.

The bid team’s job is to make sure we provide professional and persuasive responses to the buyers’ questions. Each bid is managed through Microsoft Teams, where we set up a specific team for each opportunity. All the bid documents are stored there, and we work together to create our response.

We need to demonstrate how our solutions are unique and set us apart. ​​​​​​​The bid managers can’t do this alone, so that’s where you come in. We rely on the support and expertise of our colleagues to shape our bid responses. This team effort from across the business ensures that we showcase TVS at its best and put forward compelling solutions that stand out from the crowd.

The Bid Manager is responsible for creating and overseeing a detailed, costed, persuasive proposal to gain a business contract or offer of work. This role will report into the senior bid manager and increase the capacity of the function to manage the future pipeline of exciting business opportunities. In some cases, specifically for large, complex bids, the bid managers will work together to manage the process and produce large volumes of content.

Job Responsibilities

  • Identify and communicate opportunities that emerge from daily tender alerts
  • Work with business development team to ensure proposals are aligned with the win strategy for the opportunity
  • Manage all stages of the bidding process, specifically responding to request for information (RFI), expression of interest (EOI), pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQ), and invitations to tender (ITT)
  • Use the TVS bid management process and associated tools
  • Develop relationships with subject matter experts (SME’s) to ensure resources and information to support RFI, EOI, PQQ and ITT are provided in a timely and appropriate manner. Write responses using the information they provide
  • Manage the bid, providing structure and order so that deliverables produced are of the highest possible quality, working independently with limited supervision
  • Maintain and develop a library of strong template responses
  • Ensure proposals are approved by the business and submitted in a timely manner
  • Deliver high quality, compelling proposals

Qualifications and Skills

  • Excellent writing skills to convert SME input to a clear, compelling text
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • A friendly personality and the ability to build productive relationships with colleagues
  • Confidence to liaise with colleagues at all levels and external third parties
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint)
  • A good eye for the design and layout of documents
  • Experience of working to deadlines, and strong time management skills
  • An analytical thinker, able to extract key information from documents provided
  • Problem solver, able to think on the hoof when things don’t go as expected
  • Highly motivated and able to manage own work. A desire to progress in bid management, through training and professional certification.




In return for your hard work, we offer excellent career progression opportunities and a professional environment where you can acquire, use, and continue developing your skills.


Your package will include:


  • Competitive Salary and pension scheme with life assurance
  • 25 Days Holiday (plus 8 statutory Bank Holidays)
  • Employee Assistance Programme supporting wellness with immediate access to:
    1. GP consultation and second opinions
    2. Mental health support
    3. Financial and Legal support
    4. Wellbeing and healthy living support
  • Employee referral scheme with financial reward
  • Professional Membership and Study Sponsorship
  • Pass scheme (£100 to undertake training of your choice)
  • Subsidised canteen


At TVS SCS we encourage and support our employees to realise their potential. They are empowered to take initiative, and achieve high impact results that really make a difference to our business and our customers.


Where we are:

Our head office is based at a purpose built, state of the art distribution facility on Buckshaw Village in Chorley with excellent transport links to the M61 and M6 plus a mainline train station less than a mile away. The office has on site parking, shower facilities for those who brave the elements on a bike or on foot and a subsidised canteen.

We are currently operating on a hybrid working basis, there will however be a period of time at the start of your employment spent fully working in our office, familiarising yourself with our systems and processes.



About TVS:

TVS Supply Chain Solutions are a world leading supply chain and logistics services provider, implementing innovative supply chain solutions as true partners with a broad range of blue chip organisations worldwide. Our clients operate in diverse sectors such as Defence, Utilities, Automotive, Rail and Beverage but they all have time-sensitive, business critical missions to deliver and TVS are an essential and integral component in their performance – with our help they achieve their business goals.


If you require any adjustments to allow you take a full and active part in the selection process, please notify us as part of your application. Please note TVS Supply Chain Solutions is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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