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AECOM Major Pursuits Associate Bid Director in London, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - West Midlands, Birmingham

Job Summary

The Bid Director works on the most strategic and complex major bids using their experience and expertise to guide and support senior business leaders, technical teams, bid teams and capture managers in the End Markets to efficiently deliver winning bids. The Bid Director has a target win rate of 50%, working selectively from the qualified pipeline on those opportunities that will make the greatest difference to NSR and EBITA growth. This position can be based in any UKI Location.

The Bid Director is responsible for leading bid teams in the creation of bid win strategy and driving that strategy throughout all stages of the bid from facilitation of kick off, delivery method creation, commercial challenge, through the bid submission to interview / presentation preparation and debrief. The Bid Director is responsible for escalating risks to winning with the Head of the Major Pursuits Team and mitigating these risks. They are responsible for sharing lessons learnt and enabling continuous improvement in our bidding efforts.

The Bid Director role is “front-of-house” and involves direct interaction with clients as well as creating impact with internal colleagues to drive positive change in the way in which they approach their major pursuits strategy and delivery.


  • Acts as an exemplar for work winning. Balancing entrepreneurism and discipline to achieve a target beating win rate

  • Is seen as a strategic partner to End Market capture managers on key pursuits, challenging and supporting in equal measure

  • Works with SAM/CAM teams and capture managers to gather client and scope intelligence and gain an understanding of positioning activities to date

  • Meets the client key decision makers with the SAM/CAM/capture manager to gather intelligence around the key decision makers thinking/project scope

  • Directly leads and supports the creation and execution of win strategies, using the Four Rules method, working with capture managers, CAM, and marketing to establish what the client really wants, who the key decision-makers are, how we will deliver better than the competition and how to express this clearly and well

  • Works with the capture manager and team on the development of winning solutions, such as partnering and bringing in key expertise or specialists from across the business

  • Works with the capture manager to identify all technical, work winning, visual communications and marketing resources and skills required to ensure they are available when needed

  • Engages early with the marketing teams on thought leadership, marketing and PR campaigns to position AECOM with the client key decision makers for the opportunity

  • Facilitates delivery strategy workshops with bid teams to make sure the delivery method architecture is in place, prior to bid document release

  • Leads the delivery of the bid in conjunction with the capture manager and support services

  • Leads a holistic approach to bidding from win strategy creation, to running, in parallel, both the commercial/pricing and technical/quality workstreams, through to bid debrief, such as facilitating:

oanswer plan and review workshops giving a clear brief of the task ahead to the bid writers and contributors

opricing lessons learnt and commercial challenge team reviews for the pricing/commercial element of the bid

  • Ensures the effective use of the WW process and tools, for all bids, to optimize the opportunity of winning

  • Coaches and trains bid teams in the creation of win strategies, bid writing and pricing bids

  • Provides effective facilitation of all workshops and meetings throughout the positioning and bid timeline

  • Manages and reports on the bid budget

  • Oversees the communication of the daily progress updates and identified risks to delivering a winning bid

  • Effectively uses senior level connections / networks to support a winning bid and enlists the help of senior leaders to emphasis the importance of the bid

  • Works with Head of MPT to develop the MPT into an industry leading team

  • Provides support to the Head of Major Pursuits Team, as required

  • Visibly leads by example and is seen as a highly effective bid leader

  • Ensures awareness of the latest developments and thinking across AECOM

  • Is seen as a Work Winning thought leader in AECOM and externally


  • Consistently raises and exceeds expectations, does more than asked

  • Solves big problems, or finds new opportunities without needing direction

  • Is known as an expert by other employees

  • Helps others be more productive by improving the work environment

  • Demonstrates the ability to continually develop their skills and learn

  • Proactively shares their knowledge with others and are open to change

  • Personally invested in helping the whole team perform better

Minimum Requirements

This is a leadership position that requires clear thinking, strong strategic skills, the ability to create empathy and rapport with internal colleagues and external clients, and a cooperative ability to constructively engage and lead the business in winning work.

Must have proven depth and breadth of experience in working with UK+I pursuit and bid teams to facilitate the creation of win strategies and positioning activities on major opportunities across all End Markets.

This position requires experience of managing both the commercial/pricing and quality/technical works streams on major bids.

This leadership position demands a high-level of depth and breadth of delivering major strategically important winning bids.

Other key competencies include a good knowledge of the Architect-Engineer business and a strong track record in the implementation of Work Winning methods and a strong track record of winning in a multi-geography, multi-market, multi-discipline enterprise.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree level (preferable)

  • Master’s degree (desirable)

  • APMP Professional qualification (desirable)

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Business Development

Business Line Geography OH

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 240076BR

Additional Locations UK - London - Aldgate Tower

Clearance Required No

Virtual: Yes

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.