Bid Manager

Job Description

Siemens Mobility has been recognised for being ahead of its time for many reasons. Leading the invention and worldwide engineering of intelligent, IoT-driven transportation systems transforming the horizon is one. However, our progressive policies and approach to work are just as impressive.

Diversity is more than a word at Siemens. Throughout recent history, we’ve passionately pursued it, believed in it and proven it to be the key to world-class innovation. Difference in thoughts and personalities are every bit as vital as harnessing a variety of skills – as is bringing together talent from all over the world. Frankly, in a male-saturated industry, that’s why we’re a go-to destination for female engineers and why we have doubled the number of women on our leadership team in the past ten years. 

As a Bid manager you will be a key member of the Bids and Tendering department, working closely with all disciplines within the team and the wider business, to ensure delivery of high quality, winning bids, and ensuring these are effectively mobilised to the project delivery team.  

The Bids and Tendering function is a centralised bidding team that is responsible for the delivery of all bids for Siemens Rail Automation UK business, ensuring appropriate levels of governance and accuracy is applied to a winning strategy.  

What are my responsibilities?
  • Management of the creation of winning tenders through full bid lifecycle from Bid/No-Bid through to customer negotiation and Contract Award, for bids ranging from £100k up to £15m
  • Implementation of winning bid strategies ensuring a breakdown of tender requirements and coordination of all technical, commercial and financial aspects of the estimation and proposal creation process (including pricing structures, subcontract partnerships etc.)
  • Preparation, review and coordination of compelling tender documentation ensuring high levels of consistency and quality, that adequately captures our offer, provides an accurate baseline for a future project, incorporates lessons learned, and mitigates company risks
  • Preparation of all review meeting materials and coordination of the close-out of all actions where required for individual tenders 
  • Provision of leadership to the tender team and allocated business resources, influencing and negotiating with people at mid mgmt. levels, including providing progress reports to management
  • Involvement in pre and post bid submission negotiations with the client encompassing technical, financial and commercial considerations, acting as the client single point of contact in relation to bids
  • Production and delivery of presentations (internal and external to the client) up to management level 
  • Responsible for transferring knowledge from the tendering team to the Delivery team, verifying the tender and achieving scope stability and handover to delivery
  • Accurate management of bid budgets, and ensuring Siemens RA company policies and procedures (including quality assurance) as suitably followed, striking the right balance between governance and cost efficiency
  • Implement improvement in company processes and standards in relation to bid management 
Measures of success in role
  • Individual win rate
  • Elapsed time from ITT arrival to submission
  • Cost of bidding against allocated budget
  • Quality of tender documentation
  • Customer feedback
What do I need to qualify for this role?
  • Able to manage the delivery of multiple small and medium sized bids through corporate governance procedures, including parallel approval workstreams (e.g. financial, technical, commercial etc.) (essential)
  • Some bid management experience from an engineering project based business, in a regulated industry, with experience leading bids in excess of £5m, and managing bid budgets in excess of £100k (essential)
  • Possess a good understanding of the way in which railway-signalling projects are managed and delivered in order to influence, monitor and challenge every aspect of the bid i.e. project management, finance, engineering, planning, delivery and commercial inputs (essential)
  • Commercially astute, and able to structure a bid to present the offer in the best light whilst minimising risk to the business (essential)
  • Possesses some management experience to operate at the same level as project managers and lead project engineers, in order to provide appropriate leadership to tender teams (essential)
  • Strong customer focus, able to manage complex negotiations with the client as appropriate (essential)
  • Matrix management experience in leading teams greater than 20 people, motivating and directing team members to a shared goal (essential)
  • Ability to influence and negotiate with people at mid levels within Siemens RA and customer organisations, whilst fostering strong working relationships (essential)
  • High degree of mobility to spend a time away from the agreed ‘base’ office as required (essential)
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written (essential)
  • A pro-active high achiever with high energy levels, who is used to working under pressure and to tight/challenging deadlines (essential)
  • Degree qualified (or equivalent) in a business or technically related discipline (essential)
  • IEE or MIRSE preferable
  • Previously, or currently, occupying the position of Bid Manager, Associate Bid Manager, Senior Estimator, Senior Project Engineer, or Commercial Manager in an engineering project based business
About us
We’re Siemens.  A collection of over 377,000 great minds who are all making the future and you could be one of them!   We have offices across the UK, full of talented individual’s helping us to challenge the today and work towards a brighter tomorrow.

Does creating the ways a new world moves sound like it requires your skills? How about ensuring we do it with net-zero emissions by 2050? Discover a engineering career combining innovation, sustainability and a rare opportunity to shape society at scale.
We are looking forward to receiving your online application.  Please ensure you complete all areas of the application form to the best of your ability to help us review your suitability for the role.  We will be in contact as soon as possible with an update on your application.

What else do you need to know?
Our compensation package includes a competitive salary, holiday allowance and pension. We celebrate the fact that our employees are individuals and have different wants and needs. With this in mind, we have a flexible benefits scheme where you can tailor your benefits package to suit you.

If we all thought the same, we would never think of anything new! That’s why we recruit great minds from all walks of life. We recognise that building a diverse workforce is essential to the success of our business, therefore we encourage applications from a diverse talent pool. We are proud to announce that we have partnered with VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site where all our vacancies are in an accessible format. We welcome the opportunity to discuss flexibility requirements with our applicants to encourage agile working and innovation.


Organization: Siemens Mobility


Experience Level: not defined

Job Type: Full-time

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