Bid Manager

The National Foundation for Educational Research

New opportunity not to be missed. NFER is looking to recruit an enthusiastic Bid Manager to join the Bids team in the research department based in Slough. Joining us on a full time permanent basis, you will receive a competitive salary of £34,240 to £38,537 per annum depending upon qualifications and experience.

We have a vacancy for a Bid Manager to work in the Bid Team in NFER’s Research Department. NFER is the UK's largest independent provider of research, assessment and information services for education. We aim to improve education and learning, and enhance the lives of learners, by providing independent, high-quality evidence.

The role would suit a social researcher who wants to specialise in bid coordination and writing; support ideas generation for grant applications and tender responses; and provide design input and methodological challenge to ensure our bids are high-quality and commercially aware. 

The Bid Team works closely with research, assessment and operational professionals from across NFER. We support and manage all proposal activity for the organisation, including managing and supporting bid development, searching and assessing Invitations to Tender (ITTs) and leading decision-making processes, and recording bids data. We provide management information, intelligence and analysis to help our senior leaders to monitor NFER’s success in securing contracts and grants that will contribute to our charitable aims and financial targets. The Bid Manager is a key role in the team and will deputise for the Head of the Bid Team and Senior Bid Manager when needed, as well as leading, overseeing or conducting other Bid Team activities.

What are we looking for in the Bid Manager?

- Social research (mixed-methods) background.

- Excellent writing skills.

- Appetite to innovate, design and improve processes and practices.

- Sound judgement, good interpersonal and persuasive skills, and the confidence to operate with autonomy.

- Experience of planning and developing compliant, successful proposals/grant applications that speak to funders’ priorities.

- Ability to stimulate, contribute to and challenge thinking on research propositions, designs and methods.

- Enjoy working in a fast paced friendly team.

- Excellent organisation and time management skills.

- An eye for detail and pride in producing accurate, high-quality work.

- A real interest in supporting an independent charity that is committed to delivering projects which genuinely impact on children and young people.

- The ability to be calm and ‘can do’ under pressure while supporting multiple bids and activities.

- Strong data analysis, interpretation and reporting skills, a head for figures and a sound commercial understanding.

NFER is a registered charity and an equal opportunity employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Applicants for this post should note that this role comes under the ‘Rehabilitation of Offenders Act’. Further details of NFER’s Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checking procedure are in the attached Further Particulars for this post.

Closing date: Friday 1st September 2017

Interviews: w/c11th September 2017

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