Bid Manager
Willmott Dixon
Cobham, GB
3d ago


Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned contracting and interior fit-out group with a local regional presence throughout the UK.

Founded in 1852, we are a family run business with true family values that are dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in our communities and environment.

Our Why’ is to build lives less ordinary and to be the contractor of choice for our customers, our people and our supply chain partners.

Our business is our people and we have a real focus and drive to support their continuous development. We strongly believe that this passion is what differentiates us and has allowed us to enjoy considerable growth and success year after year, underlined by us achieving 4th place in the 2019 Sunday Times list of Best 100 Companies to Work For better than any other construction company has ever achieved.

  • Add to that our numerous other awards, including three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in five years; our industry-leading approach to sustainability we have been carbon neutral since 2012;
  • and a strong financial position, with 100% UK turnover and no bank borrowings we truly can offer a career of a lifetime.


    Willmott Dixon is currently seeking a Bid Manager to join our London & South construction business, with regional offices in Cobham (soon to be Weybridge), Gatwick and Dartford, and lead the wider bid team on successful bids and tenders across the region.

    Reporting to a Preconstruction Manager, the successful candidate will demonstrate true leadership and manage both internal and external resources to deliver successful bid submissions, on time, within budget and to the highest quality, ensuring our customers’ expectations are met and, wherever possible, exceeded.

    With a proven track record of successful projects, you will be responsible for leading single and two-stage tenders for projects ranging in value from £5m to £45m across a range of sectors, including Education, Leisure, Commercial, Blue Light and Health.

    At Willmott Dixon we operate through a number of frameworks, allowing for a greater probability of seeing your hard work come to life.

    As a Bid Manager, you will be responsible for :

  • Motivating and leading a bid team that includes both internal (estimators, design professionals, MEP professionals and planners) and often external (supply chain and consultants) resource
  • Coordinating inception workshops with our customers and use your proven listening skills to ensure we truly understand our customers 'Why', gaining vital information that will enable your bid team to go the extra mile
  • Managing the customers’ expectations through informal and formal health checks’, adopting a professional and considerate approach to maintain good working relations
  • Developing and incorporating project strategies in order to achieve the company’s sustainability objectives
  • Ensuring regular monitoring and reporting on progress, managing potential risks and opportunities, and instigating pre-emptive and corrective actions as required
  • Maintaining continuous professional development of yourself and your team to ensure appropriate technical awareness, implementing best practice and driving continuous improvement
  • Maintaining a one team’ approach throughout to create a seamless transition from preconstruction to operations
  • Who?

    The skills / experience you will need as a Bid Manager include :

  • A proven track record of the successful planning and delivery of bids and tenders
  • Good technical knowledge across the construction process with strong commercial acumen
  • Accurate interpretation of contract documents, programmes, drawings and technical specifications
  • The ability to lead and motivate teams that include both internal and external resource, with diverse technical input
  • Outstanding customer and stakeholder service and management
  • Having previously worked in a technical construction role, such as operations, planning, commercial, design, MEP or estimating
  • Experience using Microsoft suite of Office programmes, inc. Excel, Word, Outlook and Project, as well as Asta Powerproject planning software
  • Desirable)

  • Relevant degree
  • Professional membership, e.g. MCIOB, RIBA, RICS etc.
  • The personal qualities that the successful candidate will have include :

  • A great team player with a motivated approach to leadership
  • Model behaviour that shows respect, helpfulness and cooperation
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Customer focussed with excellent communication skills, including listening and engaging
  • Capable of organising and prioritising workloads to meet project deadlines
  • Reliable, dependable and conscientious to the team and to the company values
  • Being able to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
  • A willingness to think differently and challenge the status quo
  • A real desire to deliver outstanding results
  • Benefits

    As a Bid Manager you will receive :

  • Competitive salary
  • Car allowance or company car
  • Incentive scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Pension
  • Travel expenses
  • Laptop and phone
  • Training
  • Plus various additional benefits
  • Above everything else you will be joining a values-based business : our values are at the centre of every activity we undertake.

    Having the right talent, coupled with the right culture and values, ensures that we have a sustained future and a trusted brand in our respective markets.

    Above all, we believe we have a purpose beyond profit, a responsibility to leave a positive legacy in our environment and communities.

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