There is an exciting opportunity for a Senior Bid Manager at Leonardo, the 'Home of British Helicopters'; a global leader in aerospace innovation.

You will play a pivotal role in driving the success of their UK bids and proposals and your primary focus will be to manage the UK bid team, consisting of Bid Managers and Bid Officers.

You will deliver some of the larger and more complex opportunities, working closely with the Head of Bids and Proposals to identify and implement lessons learnt through continuous improvement activities.

This position is a level 8 on their Salary & Career Progression Framework (S&CPF).

This role is hybrid but will require 3-4 days per week on site in Yeovil, Somerset.

Key Responsibilities As The Senior Bid Manager

  • Develop, mentor and lead the UK Bids and Proposals team, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Proactively assess workload demands, prioritise tasks, and allocate resources effectively.
  • Formulate winning bid strategies in collaboration with the Sales team, aligning with organisational objectives.
  • Manage end-to-end bid preparation process, from customer requirement receipt to contract award.
  • Monitor and manage bid budget and expenditure related to UK bids and proposals.
  • Co-ordinate written and cost inputs from multiple workstreams and external partners.
  • Ensure timely delivery of requirements in accordance with customer deadlines.
  • Lead/ support contract negotiations to achieve sales targets in line with business objectives.

Qualifications And Skills As The Senior Bid Manager

  • Degree-level qualification or equivalent, with demonstrated bid management knowledge (e.g., Shipley process, Miller-Heiman or similar).
  • Proven track record in winning business through competitive processes, with strong commercial, project, and risk management skills.
  • Proven interpersonal and written communication skills, capable of leading, collaborating and tactfully challenging within cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to assess complex requirements and communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Interpersonal skills to develop close business relationships with internal and external stakeholders, senior management, and government/ military customers.
  • Planning and organising skills, including the proficient use of Microsoft Project.
  • Acute attention to detail, both written and numerical, to deliver accurate and high-quality bids and proposals.
  • Self-motivated and able to work autonomously.
  • Travelling for short periods (potentially at short notice) may be required, both inside/ outside of the UK.

It would be nice if you had

  • Experience managing bids with inputs and stakeholders from a multi-cultural environment.
  • Defence aerospace industry experience.

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Life at Leonardo

With a company funded benefits package, a commitment to learning and development, and a flexible approach to working hours focused on the needs of both our employees and customers, a career with Leonardo has never offered as many opportunities or been more accessible to as many people.

Flexible Working Flexible hours with hybrid working options. For part time opportunities, please talk to us

Company funded flexible benefits Access to private healthcare, dental schemes, Workplace ISA, Go Green Car Scheme, technology and lifestyle options (£500 annual allowance)

Holidays 25 days plus bank holidays, option to buy/sell leave and to accrue up to 12 additional flexi leave days per year

Pension Award winning pension scheme (up to 15% employer contribution)

Wellbeing Employee Assistance Programme with access to free mental health support, financial wellbeing support and network groups to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion (Enable, Pride, Equalise, Armed Forces, Carers, Wellbeing, Ethnicity)

Lifestyle Discounted Gym membership, Cycle to work scheme

Training Free access to more than 4000 online courses via Coursera and Linkedin Learning

Referral Incentive You can earn a reward for successfully referring a friend or family member

Bonus Scheme in place for all employees at management level and below

For a full list of our Company benefits please our website here.

Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 8,000 are based at 8 sites throughout the UK.

At Leonardo UK, we believe that a diverse and inclusive work environment unlocks our people’s full potential and drives innovation and creativity. We work hard to offer a welcoming, accessible and inclusive place to work for all of our people, creating a culture where everyone can thrive, feel safe and have a sense of belonging and connection.

This is a great opportunity to bring your talents and form an integral part of Leonardo’s future. We can help you develop your skills and offer great opportunities to develop and grow, so why not join us.

Primary Location

GB - Yeovil - Lysander Rd

Contract Type


Hybrid Working