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Bid Officer

Contract: Full time, Permanent

Reporting to: Bid Manager

Salary: Dependent on experience

Location: York, Remote

 

Crop Health and Protection Limited (“CHAP”) is one of the four Centres for Agricultural Innovation and a key component of the UK Government’s Agri-Tech Strategy, aiming to spark scientific and technical innovation that enables transformational change and sustainable productivity in agriculture.

 

About the Role:

The Bid Officer will support CHAP’s Bid Manager by contributing to the establishment of the team with the scientific expertise, service, and product/business knowledge required, to prepare winning bids for specific grant funding. This will also involve taking ownership of the end-to-end process. This is a highly networked role that requires strong attention to detail, excellent organisational and communication skills and an ability to work under pressure to challenging deadlines.

 

Experience:

Proven capability in delivering winning bids, ideally with experience of bidding for grant funding. Experience of working with Innovate UK and/or other UKRI Councils and the wider UK funding landscape would be highly valued, as would any experience within agriculture,  the agri-tech sector and/or technology is highly desirable. Preference will be given to candidates whose experience includes bidding for multi-product or complex services opportunities, particularly within public sector procurement. Experience of academic research and development and/or the commercial technical research sector is also desirable.

 

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in bid management, from grant opportunity through to project delivery, including providing valuable input into opportunity qualification, win strategies, commercial discussions, budget creation and solution design. A sound commercial understanding, P&L and risk management skills while managing complex, multi-workstream opportunities would be valued. The ability to contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of internal governance procedures as the organisation scales would also be valuable.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Bid Manager with day to day activities as well as managing your own bids / grants / projects / tasks. This will involve working closely with a number of industry sectors, working cross-functionally across teams, leaders and key stakeholders within the business, to ensure that bids for grant applications are produced to the highest quality and to agreed timelines.
  • Manage virtual input from a variety of stakeholders, typically involving contributions from R&D and commercial teams, marketing, finance, commercial, legal and delivery. Our partners range from highly innovative start-ups to large public and private sector organisations. A flexible approach is therefore required to work effectively with diverse individuals and businesses.
  • Creation and review of different elements of the bid, contributing both in terms of content and presentation.
  • Identification and dissemination of funding opportunities, and maintenance of opportunity information.
  • Support the Bid Manager and Financial Director to produce accurate and up-to-date management information for company stakeholders and the CHAP Board.
  • Understand and resolve complex technical, strategic and business issues.
  • Arrange all bid and grant reviews with customers, post contract award.
  • Undertake market research on a variety of industry sectors to contribute both to the application content and to the organisation’s wider understanding of the markets we operate in.

 

 Person Specification:

  • Previous experience in bids or grant writing.
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, able to work without direct supervision to tight deadlines both individually and within teams.
  • Attentive to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to liaise with a wide variety of colleagues, both technical and non-technical.
  • Ability to build relationships with a range of organisations, and to engage with stakeholders at any level.
  • Good IT skills, particularly with MS Word and web portals, with an ability to learn new software quickly.
  • Confident, friendly and articulate manner.

 

Qualifications:

  • A good honours degree (ideally from a scientific or social sciences discipline), or equivalent experience.
  • APMP Practitioner or Professional level, or equivalent experience.
  • Project Management certifications such as PRINCE2, APM etc would be useful.

 

For more information or to apply for this exciting opportunity please send your CV and Cover Letter to katie.edwards@chap-solutions.co.uk

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