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Senior Bid Manager – Manchester


Rail Engineering


Competitive salary and attractive benefits package

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SYSTRA is an international engineering and consulting group specialising in rail (passenger and freight) and public transport. We work with our clients to find innovative solutions to complex issues concerning the location and movement of people, goods and services. We innovate to meet our clients’ needs, prepare mass transit for tomorrow, and propose ever more resilient solutions. Transport infrastructure engineering has to adopt new technology, cater for new habits and satisfy new demands. To go beyond, SYSTRA commits to put people at the heart of design and improve transport systems efficiency. We are dedicated to delivering excellence to our clients through our entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm whilst promoting a culture of listening, teamwork and employee empowerment.

With ambitious growth plans, this is an exciting time to join SYSTRA Ltd as we continue to develop and raise our profile in the UK.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced Bid Manager to join our growing rail engineering division. You will play a key role in contributing to the expansion of the engineering business in the UK y leading and managing the bid and tender process from initial notification to successful delivery to the project director.  You will have experience in building relationships with clients and translating their challenges into successful opportunities for business development.  You will take ownership and responsibility for driving the day-to-day interaction with clients, stakeholders in the UK/abroad to deliver bid/tender documentation on time and to a standard resulting in successful contract award. 

In addition to your Regional Bid Manager role, you will actively support the Engineering Division Director with the management of business development for the UK engineering/rail market. You will have full responsibility for the co-ordination of all strategic engineering bids for SYSTRA Ltd.

Duties will include:
  • Lead the bidding process for engineering opportunities and bids in the UK ensuring all conditions are understood.
  • Developing the opportunities against which to submit proposals, judging pricing, manpower, area of activity, etc. to ensure that SYSTRA Limited's business remains focused, of high quality and profitable and achieves the desired market positioning.
  • Considering all commercial and proposal activities in the engineering business to maximise profit and enhance SYSTRA Ltd’s reputation with key clients.
  • Engage with clients to ensure thorough understanding of their current and future needs.
  • Review preliminary bid documents to recommend go/no go decisions in line with our business strategy to maximise the probability of success.
  • Be familiar with the design and technical capabilities, and operational processes and procedures within SYSTRA
  • Write key elements of the bid responses with assistance from colleagues as needed and ensuring commercial requirements and risks are considered and mitigated.
  • Ensure all relevant approvals are obtained and that bids/tenders are submitted on time.
  • Accurate and timely business performance reporting.
To be successful in this role you will have:
  • Degree or recognized relevant qualifications
  • Proven track record of successful bid/proposal delivery with a sound understanding of commercial and contract terms.
  • Experience in contract negotiations in the engineering/rail/consultancy sectors.
  • Ability to understand client needs and translate these into concrete technical solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to work as a member of cross-cultural teams in different time zones
  • Ability to make decisions in time-pressurised situations
  • Professional demeanour with the ability to motivate others
  • Good engineering and technical knowledge and the willingness and ability to learn quickly
  • Time management
What to do now:

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting reference E008.