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Bid Manager

Job Reference tarmac/TP/39940/3364

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Job Introduction

Founded in 1968, Griffiths are one of the leading civil engineering and construction organisations working in Wales, the English border counties, and the West of England.

We pride ourselves in providing the “personal touch” establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships at all levels within client organisations, throughout the supply chain and with stakeholders.

We are very proud of our history and what makes us the company we are today. We also have huge ambitions for the future and want to continue our growth and innovation to remain at the leading edge of our industry we offer a range of career development opportunities as a Business Unit of Tarmac PLC. We are looking for people who share this passion, enthusiasm, and collaborative approach to join our team. As part of a global business in CRH, the career opportunities are limitless.

We have a great opportunity for a Bid Manager to join our highly successful Pre-Construction Team based out of our Head Office in Abergavenny, South Wales.  

Our Pre-construction team is responsible for tendering large infrastructure projects and frameworks throughout Wales, the Midlands and South West England. Strong teamwork, good communication and time management skills and a keen eye for attention to detail will be needed.  

Main Responsibilities

The purpose of the Bid Manager role is to lead, manage and co-ordinate all aspects of a bid for capital projects and frameworks up to £100m, ensuring high quality proposals are delivered that reflect Griffiths’ values and business strategy.

On a day to day basis, the successful Bid Manager's duties and responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • To ensure the bid process is efficiently managed in accordance with our Tender Process, complying with corporate governance and that our submissions provide the maximum opportunity for success for both the contractor and our customers. 

  • Formulate and agree bid strategy to meet client requirements and secure sustainable, profitable contracts in line with the business strategy 

  • Manage, write and prepare pre-qualification and tender quality submissions 

  • Liaison with estimating team during tender (but not responsible for actual pricing of tenders) 

  • Lead the presentation of Tender Settlement meetings for large and multiple bids 

  • Obtain feedback on tender submissions and implement improvements 

  • Produce and deliver high quality presentations for marketing, prequalification and tender purposes 

  • Manage design partners to co-ordinate tender-stage design proposals during the bid period.  

  • Assist with public relations, advertising programs, corporate identity development and implementation, special events and market research activities 

  • Represent the company with clients, the public and the wider construction industry 

  • Collaboration with internal business units and external companies to deliver market-leading proposals.  

Furthermore, we are looking to hear from candidates who have the following skills & attributes:

  • Ability to manage bids from cradle to grave including bid strategy, writing and editing the quality submission and operational hand-over 

  • Excellent team building and communication skills, with strong resilience and flexibility.  

  • Sound business acumen and financially astute with good risk management knowledge. 

  • Understanding of design management with some engineering knowledge  

  • Customer-centric approach with the ability to recognise potential opportunities within bids 

  • In depth understanding of construction industry terminology and delivery methods 

  • Contractually aware and conversant with common forms of contract – NEC, JCT etc.  


The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have previous bid management and bid writing experience, ideally within a highways/rail/civil engineering industry background. You will also have experience of leading a tender team and also be able to work independently on smaller bids.  You’ll be creative, consistently work to high standards and find innovative ways to add value to bids. You’ll be a great team player, take a real sense of pride in your work and ideally have a competitive personality as we’re bidding against our competitors! 

Why Tarmac

We offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry-leading rewards, incentives and benefits:

  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Access to the Tarmac Reward website with discounts on retailers, holidays, etc.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance helpline for free and confidential advice
  • Access to join our Employee Communities inc. BAME; LGBTQ+; Working Parents 
  • Training and development opportunities

Interested? Why not click here to find out more?  Go on… are you ready to build your future?