Reporting to The Oxford Group Bid Manager, this is a key pre-sales role, which involves working closely with our Relationship Managers, Business Proposition Owners, Project Managers – who manage our client accounts – and with our Marketing team to develop outstanding proposals and presentations for new business. The key objectives of the role are to help maximise our chances of winning business, whilst managing the cost of our sales effort and providing great customer service.
This role requires a fluent English and French speaker, as it involves liaising with our offices in both Eynsham and in Paris.
About the role
You'll support the maintenance of central bid resource planner for co-ordination of all bids, and as a French speaker take a lead role on French language bids. You'll attend the weekly pipeline meeting, ensuring all data is updated for your bids in advance. The role will also be responsible for arranging, attending and documenting bid planning meetings.
You'll take ownership for bids you are leading on, project managing all aspects of the bid process, and ensuring all stakeholders understand what they are contributing, by when and how. The role is also responsible for managing bid portals, expressing interest and loading responses. You'll prepare first draft proposals and presentations based on the client’s tender documentation.
The role will also support other business development activities in the department as agreed with your line manager. You'll track, record and report on activity using Dynamics (our CRM system). With your team, you'll regularly re-assess all processes and provide input and recommendations for process improvement.
French language capability is essential for this role and you must have excellent French grammar writing skills. Your experience will be from a sales, business development, or marketing role, preferably in the professional services industry. It would be great if your experience included working on bids, tenders, presentations, and bidding portals. You must be comfortable carrying out telephone sales follow up calls, and you must have an international mind-set and excellent understanding of other cultures.
You'll have excellent written communication skills . You must also be able to influence, organise, plan and prioritise. The role also requires sound analytical and numeracy skills, excellent attention to detail, and a thoroughness and accuracy when completing any tasks. You must be highly skilled in using Microsoft Office – PowerPoint in particular. Dynamics CRM database experience would be an advantage although training will be given.
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