Proposals Coordinator

  • Location

    Manchester

  • Sector:

    Construction, Engineering

  • Salary:

    Competitive salary

  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

  • Expiry date:

    2020-10-31

  • Client:

    #

About the Role:

At WSP, you’ll find yourself challenged in more fascinating and far-reaching ways than ever before. You’ll explore new and inspiring opportunities to make the most of your expertise, broaden your professional horizons and create exciting new possibilities for people, organisations and society in general.

The Proposals Co-ordinators role and responsibility is to manage work winning opportunities throughout our proposals process.

The role encompasses support to work winning activities across the capture and convert phase of the WSP work winning lifecycle. The Proposals Co-ordinator is accountable to the Head of Strategic Bids. Core functional duties include coordinating the interfaces between business leaders, technical staff and others in the proposals team to produce high quality proposals.

A typical week would include:

  • Helping implement the UK work winning process, coordinating interfaces with other UK/global business streams and the UK Proposals team.

  • Producing or supporting production of proposal specific and other collateral appropriate to capture or convert phase to ensure the WSP message and brand is promoted

  • Coordinating the decision making process for each proposal.

  • Organising proposal kick off, winning and review meetings including all agenda, materials and outputs

  • Contributing to proposal winning strategies including swots, proposal win themes, gap to proof analyses and storyboard development.

  • Preparing proposal timelines and produce / communicate / monitor proposal action plan to drive opportunity through a structured, robust work winning process

  • Formulating overall structure of the proposal submission before writing starts

  • Ensuring that all team members are clear on what is required of them

  • Programme review milestones early in the process

  • Reviewing and adopting proposal winning strategy Maintain links with client (if required) building rapport, ensuring clarification questions are submitted and responses received, keep a log.

  • Maintaining close liaison with all members of the project proposals team

  • Maintaining document control

  • Ensuring submission is returned to client within the given deadline

  • Writing text for proposals and pre-qualification questionnaires

  • Searching, retrieving and inputting all re-usable proposal components and facilitate required inputs from internal and external contributors

  • Use of innovation to deliver key messages to the client

  • Supporting project team in preparation for client interviews

  • Improving the quality and standards of proposal writing through training and development of self and others

  • Collating proposal feedback from all members of the project proposal team for continuous improvement and emerging best practice

  • Promoting best practice for layout and content of all proposal submissions

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • Qualification to degree level in an appropriate subject

  • In depth knowledge of Microsoft Office and knowledge of Adobe products is desirable

  • An APMP qualification is desirable

  • Demonstrable relevant experience in a similar role

  • An understanding of the UK procurement environment

  • The ability to maintain an awareness of the Group and UK Strategy, the regional activities of business developers, key client managers to support the preparation of proposals and work winning strategies in the capture phase.

  • The ability to help drive and support the culture of openness and knowledge sharing required within the team

  • Support and promote a culture of continuous improvement.

  • Behaviours and attitudes in accordance with WSP core values to create a team culture and promote excellent communications.

  • Knowledge and understanding of standard private and public sector proposal processes

  • A pro-active approach, use initiative and take responsibility for own actions

  • Assimilate large volumes of information and understand, plan and manage associated workflows

  • The ability to develop relationships and rapport with internal colleagues

  • Strong and effective verbal and written communication, team player and collaborative

  • Ability to develop and maintain strong effective relationships

  • People skills to encourage, motivate and enthuse others

  • Robust project management skills with a meticulous approach to detail and quality.

  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritise.

  • A passion for quality and continuous improvement with a focus on delivery

  • Confidence to delegate to all levels, where required

  • Good command of English language for editing text and response writing.

  • Flexibility to meet demanding proposal deadlines working extra hours when necessary.

  • Accurate and proficient in Microsoft office suite, Adobe suite, InDesign and graphics skills

What if we can?

What if we can have work-life balance? What if we can be rewarded in ways that support our individual needs? What if we can be accepted for who we are? Here at WSP – we can!

WSP recognizes that work is only one part of our lives and making time for the other things in our life is important – be that our families, our friends or ourselves. So, if working from home, working part-time or having flexible start and finish time will help with this let us know as part of your application.

As well as rewarding you with competitive pay, WSP offers standard benefits including a 37.5 hour working week, 25 days annual leave, pension schemes, life assurance, personal accident cover and paid professional subscriptions, and some not so standard benefits as part of our flexible benefits scheme – so if you would like to hop on a new bike (cycle to work scheme) or thrill the family with your Lego building skills (Discount at Legoland Windsor) – WSP can help!

Be you, be happy - we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximizes the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. Our VIBE (LGBT + employee network) and PLEDGE (Promoting Leadership, Encouraging Diversity & Gender Equality) networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote equality, inclusivity and diversity for everyone.

Here at WSP we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy or maternity/paternity. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

In addition we support our people to achieve their personal health and well-being goals through our Thrive programme.

About us:

As one of the world’s leading professional services firms, long experience tells us it takes a lot of people to help deliver great projects. Our UK technical teams deliver great things, from skyscrapers to playgrounds, cycle paths to rail stations and roads to bridges … but only with the help of hundreds of expert colleagues in HR, Finance, IT, Proposals, Legal and Marketing teams. People like you are vital to making WSP a successful business.

When they look up at the Shard, catch the Manchester Metrolink or enjoy a clear drive between junction 28 and junction 31 M1, our people know they are involved in work that inspires, improves and protects. We need excellent people like you to help make it happen.