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Bid manager and bid coordinator
at Makower Architects

Makower Architects is seeking a bid manager and a bid coordinator to join its team in London.

We are based in a well-located London studio and are also integrating flexible remote working in our studio with the possibility of working from home up to two days per week.

Makower Architects is a culturally-rooted international practice specialising in architecture and urbanism, with numerous high-profile projects in the fields of city-making, place-creation and urban heritage.

Bid manager candidates must have ten plus years’ experience assembling, coordinating and managing tenders in a professional design environment. In addition, they should show experience in leading a team and new business strategy preparation.

We are also interested in hearing from less experienced candidates, for bid coordinator roles.

Applicants must demonstrate exceptional organisational skills, knowledge of the industry, knowledge of where to seek tender opportunities, strong design skills, excellent document layout and publication management experience plus an interest and aptitude for marketing and social media. An ability to work on tight deadlines and directly to practice
directors is essential.

The ideal candidate will have strong desktop publishing (DTP) skills, document graphic design ability and knowledge of print management/publishing of in-house documents. As well as tender documents, the ideal candidate will also have an interest and ability to support our team in the preparation of in-house marketing material, presentation graphics, practice brochures and website content as well as in supporting our architect teams on the graphics of project documents, project visuals and infographics.

The ideal candidate will also show an interest and willingness to help the practice post social media content.

The right candidate must meet the following primary criteria

Bid manager:

  • A bid manager will have all of the bid coordinator’s requirements below but also have proven experience in going beyond bid coordination and show exceptional bid team management experience and experience in preparing new business strategies in collaboration with directors.

Bid coordinator:

  • experience preparing and coordinating bid submissions
  • thorough knowledge of the bid tender process and all its components
  • be able to find, identify and filter tender opportunities for Architects and Urban Designers, and manage go/no go weekly bid review meetings
  • be able to coordinate and produce multiple bid documents at any one time
  • be able to coordinate internal and external consultants’ inputs into a tender submission, all while working to a deadline
  • good spoken and written English is essential, with an ability to copy and edit texts from multiple authors
  • having an interest and passion for architecture writing and communication
  • have in-depth knowledge of desktop publishing including designing templates for others to use, typography, page layout, colour design as well as print management
  • possess strong organisational skills and the ability to time manage
  • must demonstrate a strong visual sense
  • must demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of the wider architecture, urban design, development and construction sectors
  • have worked in a professional design environment, ideally architecture or the built environment, but this is not essential
  • holding a professional graphic design qualification or demonstration of a suitable apprenticeship by way of equivalent would be a benefit
  • holding a professional marketing qualification would be a benefit
  • demonstrate experience having maintained and managed a library of tools for tender submission: e.g. project sheets, CVs, other bid documents and marketing collateral
  • have a strong knowledge of graphic design references for use in project design storyboards
  • have an advanced knowledge of Adobe Suite software, particularly InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and other necessary digital tools
  • must have experience working in a team and ideally directly with practice directors
  • must have experience in coordinating bid documents, with multiple external parties, ideally within an architectural, construction or design environment
  • ideally, have experience in running social media accounts for professional organisations and maintaining a website up to date with the most recent project information
  • you will need to be a highly organised, self-motivated team worker with strong time management skills and an exceptional eye for detail
  • ideally but not essential, interest and aptitude for being part of programming PR-related/cultural events such as parties, debates, lectures, exhibitions etc.

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Salary: Undisclosed
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