Due to the continued expansion of our highly successful specialised engineering company, including our award winning data centre design and build business, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Senior Bid Administrator to join us on an initial 12 month contract. Sudlows work throughout the UK and have a growing portfolio of clients globally. We have over 200 staff and have achieved recent growth with ongoing expansion plans. Sudlows are keen to recruit candidates who will be part of this ambition.

Role Purpose

The Senior Bid Administrator will have joint responsibility (with the Bid Manager) for end-to-end management of single and multi-service bidding activities. The Senior Bid Administrator is accountable for assisting with the management of the complete bid lifecycle from qualification to Contract Signature. In addition, you will be responsible for the line management of the Bid Assistant.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Lead and coordinate the preparation and organisation of bids, proposals and direct business development submissions
  • Leverage the combined experience of the bid team to establish a clear win strategy and embed it within the bid submission
  • Define and drive bid plans to deliver against the agreed win strategy
  • Ensure that bidding best practice is applied throughout the sales cycle
  • Ensure internal governance is carried out, i.e technical, commercial and financial bids are signed off
  • Constructively challenge information where necessary to achieve consistent high-quality proposals aligned to client’s requirements
  • Work closely with all teams to develop high quality and visually engaging proposals
  • Non-technical authoring as required
  • Deliver new and refresher bid training to staff where necessary and be an advocate of best practice across all businesses
  • Ensuring all certificates and accreditations are up to date
  • Completing PQQ and supplier questionnaires
  • Assisting H&S team with any external audits
  • Identifying potential opportunities in line with company strategies
  • Writing and identifying new content and updating bid library

Personal Specification

Technical Skills and Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in a bid/tenders role, preferably in the construction industry
  • Good IT skills with sound knowledge of all Microsoft applications
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent, presentation, interpersonal, documentation skills required
  • Proven communication skills
  • Some experience of Line Management (min 1 person)
  • Strong writing and proof reading skills
  • Willingness to be flexible when required (occasional ad hoc late evenings / weekends required – but typically known well in advance for planning and work / life balance)

Planning and Organising:

  • Ability to organise own workload, including prioritising work and delivering to tight deadlines
  • Able to maintain accurate and timely records as required by the role
  • Identify and know how to solve everyday job-based problems in liaison with manager

Working with People:

  • Able to establish a rapport with service users as necessary e.g. clients, members of the public, other contractors etc.
  • Understand how to encourage and influence people to get the best from them
  • Understand the needs of others and able to respond accordingly


  • Able to communicate factual information politely and courteously
  • Has excellent spoken skills e.g. telephone and face-to-face conversations
  • Has advanced written and numeric skills appropriate to the job
  • Able to listen, observe and report information to manager

Vacancy Summary

We offer a competitive package commensurate with qualifications and experience to the right candidate including professional training and long-term career development opportunities.

Type: 12 month fixed term contract
Location: Chadderton – 5 mins from Junction 22
Rate: To be negotiated dependant on experience.