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Delivering your bid on time: The bid manager’s guide

Let’s be honest. Which of us bid managers haven’t found ourselves up against the wall, timewise, when it comes to getting a proposal document to our customer on time? With the best possible preparation, anticipation of risks and milestone mapping, we all of us have times as bid managers when we are forced to go all out to deliver a compliant bid at the last minute.

There are a number of reasons why it’s not possible to work within a calm and timely environment when it comes to producing bids, including:

  • Staff absences on the team, through unexpected illness or holidays, which leave the team panicking about sourcing enough resource to get the job done
  • Client tardiness, which leaves the harried bid manager and writer pulling their hair out trying to collate enough material for a compliant document
  • An excess of bids all hitting the team at the same time, leaving it impossible to apply strict planning methodologies to the creation of each one
  • The customer’s changing demands and fluctuating deadlines, which can surprise even the most organised of bid writers with a sudden shift in milestones.

With all this taking place, it’s not surprising that the majority of bid writers and bid managers find themselves struggling to submit their document on time to the customer. Despite this well-known element of the bid production process, which constitutes a standard joke in the industry, there are ways to prevent an instant dismissal of your document through late delivery.

Consider your printing options
Having an outstanding and supportive print team on hand can go a long way towards saving time and getting a first-class document out to the client within the timescales. Source your third party suppliers for print carefully, and take the time to develop a great relationship with them, so that they’ll be prepared to do everything they can to support you when a tight timescale hits.

Assess delivery methods
Choosing between electronic, postal or courier deliveries can be a crucial part of generating some extra time when it comes to getting your document to the customer. Check their preferred delivery methods, and opt for a same-day courier if possible to purchase yourself more time to perfect your document and ensure it is delivered safely.

Remember that the first bid through the customer’s door isn’t going to win by default
You don’t gain any points for being the first bid document to get to the customer. It’s perfectly acceptable to leave things to the last minute, on the proviso that you never deliver after the allocated customer deadline for submissions.

Bid Management Articles

The bid manager’s guide to work/life balance (2)

You know the feeling – you have eight bids on the go, all due by the end of the week. Cold coffee is the main thing you can sense, other than the extreme exhaustion that renders you almost incapable of making decisions. You can’t remember when you saw your family last, and all they have seen of you over t he past few weeks is a snappy, exhausted person who comes through the door late at night, kicks off their shoes and grabs some sleep before heading back to the office for six a.m.

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Understanding the bid management process

Storyboarding, stakeholder engagement, content collation, competitor analysis…there are so many elements to the bid management role that it can be easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to pulling together an outstanding proposal for your organisation. Although the bid management process can vary from company to company, essentially the guidelines and methodology behind the creation of bids are based upon a universally-agreed best practice model.

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The bid manager’s guide to work/life balance

You know the feeling – you have eight bids on the go, all due by the end of the week. Cold coffee is the main thing you can sense, other than the extreme exhaustion that renders you almost incapable of making decisions. You can’t remember when you saw your family last, and all they have seen of you over t he past few weeks is a snappy, exhausted person who comes through the door late at night, kicks off their shoes and grabs some sleep before heading back to the office for six a.m.

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The Bid Manager’s guide to quoting for a tender

One of the toughest decisions for any bid management team or bid writer is establishing an accurate and effective pricing strategy. More than ever in today’s economic climate, organisations are considering the efficacy of bid responses with a strong focus upon pricing, as budgets tend to be tight and everyone is seeking maximum value for minimum cost.

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The bid manager’s guide to pricing your products and services

One of the most common things which any bid manager will hear, upon requesting feedback on why a bid failed, is ‘We made a decision based upon price’. While this may be simply an excuse in some cases, as a way of avoiding going in to an in-depth discussion relating to the evaluation process, it could also be the truth for many bids.

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The benefits of public sector opportunities for bid managers

The public sector spends a huge amount each year and is always looking for new suppliers. This is great news for organisations looking to increase their customer base and generate further revenue through the pursual of public sector opportunities. No matter what size your organisation is, it’s definitely worth trying to win bids within this sector, as there are a wealth of opportunities if you develop a compelling document.

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Delivering your bid on time: The bid manager’s guide

Let’s be honest. Which of us bid managers haven’t found ourselves up against the wall, timewise, when it comes to getting a proposal document to our customer on time? With the best possible preparation, anticipation of risks and milestone mapping, we all of us have times as bid managers when we are forced to go all out to deliver a compliant bid at the last minute.

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Bid management basics

Bid management is a thriving profession, with more and more organisations realising the benefits of procuring sales through an effective and efficient bid team. Supporting the bid writer to produce compliant and compelling documents, and liaising with the sales force, the bid manager role carries a wealth of challenges when it comes to co-ordinating the overall tender process and working to procure winning contracts on behalf of the company.

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Bid Management – Working out when to bid

In a busy bid environment, many companies can find themselves besieged by invitations to tender from all of their customers. With most of us only having finite resource on hand to respond to tender requests, it can be difficult to decide which of the many opportunities we should be responding to. Part of the bid management process is considering how best to allocate resource can be difficult, as the criteria for going for a particular bid does not always come down to the financial rewards available.

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Bid Management – Mapping the sales process

Bid managers and bid writers know that if your bid management process has an ineffective sales process component, it can result in a huge amount of dithering and procrastination before your organisation can reach a bid/no bid decision. Having a well-understood and established sales process map as part of your bid management process ensures that the right people are engaged with the activities from the outset.

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Bid Management – Knowledge management for bid writers

Bid Management. In any organisation, there is a wealth of information being passed around, shared, utilised or archived, every day. Each team within a company has a specific specialism, and the people who work within the team are experts in their particular niche of the organisation’s overall function. This means that on any given day, thousands of words, images and concepts are bandied around, to be picked up by people and used, or simply filed away for future reference.

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