Bid Manager / Writer (Business Development Manager)

Prospects
South East
23/06/2017

Bid Manager / Writer  (Business Development Manager)

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest employee owned companies in the UK.   The Prospects Group transforms lives and communities through our innovation and expertise in employment, skills, care support and education.  For 20 years we have combined business excellence and public service values inspiring more than half a million young people and adults every year across the UK to develop their potential.

We value our people - our 1,400 employees aren’t just our greatest asset – they own the company. Prospects people go the extra mile to deliver exceptional services and outcomes through employment and skills support, education and training and care. 

Location: Bromley, Kent (occasional travel to other locations across UK)

Salary: Up to £40,000 per annum full or part time (minimum 3 days per week – salary pro-rata)

We are looking for an outstanding individual who has high level writing skills, is very organised with excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills. You will join a small highly motivated team based in Bromley.

We are looking for an individual with bid writing experience and a background in education, training or social care services.   The successful applicant will  work on a variety of bids for a range of funders including DWP, DfE, MOJ, SFA and local authorities as well as taking responsibility for project management of bidding opportunities working with colleagues to develop proposals, support bidding activity, monitor and report on progress.

You will write and edit bids, proposals, expressions of interest, presentations and supplier questionnaires to secure new business, responding to tendering opportunities. You will complete bid documents to deadline and prepare them for despatch, ensuring they are of consistent quality to meet Prospects’ high standards and conform to Prospects’ brand/ house.

Through analysing opportunities you will assess risk, determine the business case and work in consultation with the finance department and operational colleagues on bids, to achieve profitability.

You will also help develop and deliver training on bid writing across the Prospects Group to managers to support the achievement of income generation targets.

Person Specification (essential)

  • Excellent written communication skills including editing/précis ability, with ability to produce high quality, successful  tenders
  • Previous experience in one or more relevant business areas; education, employment and training, skills, welfare to work, social care, guidance, youth support services, work with offenders
  • Comprehensive IT skills to produce high quality documents; competence in using Word and  Excel (and preferably also Access and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to research and establish evidential links to support bidding proposals
  • Sufficient numeracy to understand the implications of project budgets and develop skills to draft budgets accurately and assess financial risks
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible, non-standard hours, under pressure, to meet tight deadlines
  • Able to work in multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of contexts
  • Evidence of analytical skills and paying attention to detail, producing appropriate, accurate, high quality written work within often challenging word limits
  • Good networking and interpersonal skills to develop critical working relationships across the Prospects Group and, where appropriate, externally with funders and other key partners
  • Must be flexible and willing to work within a small team
  • Familiarity with tendering portals, understanding of public sector procurement practices and demonstrable experience of managing, preparing and writing successful bids for contracts with national and local government departments and agencies

Closing date: Monday 10th July

Interviews: 18th / 19th July 2017

About the organisation

Prospects Group achieved a turnover of £80million in 2016/2017, and employs 1,400+ staff in over 70 local authority areas, from 60-plus bases.  Our contracts are mainly in the public sector, with local authorities, Education and Skills Funding Agency, ESF, Ofsted, Departments for Education, Work & Pensions, other government departments and agencies, non-governmental public bodies, colleges and schools.  Prospects’ services and projects are usually output-related and evidence-based, and have annual values from under £10,000 to several £million.

Our values are: achieving impact for our customers; working together to design and deliver effective services; delivering change by sharing knowledge and expertise; valuing colleagues and promoting diversity to enable and support access to opportunities for everyone to achieve their potential.

Prospects is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and eliminating discrimination, as a core value.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT TO: anita [dot] dobe [at] prospects [dot] co [dot] uk

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday 10th July 2017