Bid Manager

Bid Manager


£33,300 to £43,400

Date Ending

November 22, 2023

Cambridge Partnership for Education (CPE) Bids and Proposals unit have an exciting opportunity for a Bid Manager, where you will play a key role in supporting CPE to secure bids and proposals with high-stakes clients and help them achieve their global mission of transforming societies through education.

We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.


About the role

CPE partners with ministries of education and international development organisations to improve the quality of education systems. We develop bespoke solutions to suit a country’s individual context, need and vision so that we can have a real impact.

As a Bid Manager, you will manage and coordinate the end-to-end bid and proposal process to deliver compliant, professionally produced proposals within customer defined timeframes.

Using your excellent communication skills, you will coordinate and review/edit proposal input from a variety of stakeholders, typically involving contributions from Business Development, Technical, Delivery and Corporate Services teams, as well as the wider University and external partners. You will also: 

  • Support the Senior Bid Manager with activities to raise commercial awareness.
  • Be comfortable managing both the commercial and technical aspects of a proposal. 


About you

You will have exceptional project management skills and will be a strong collaborator. With your proven ability in planning, producing, and delivering compliant proposals within a complex business environment, you will be happy to hit the ground running and a confident problem solver.

You will ideally have knowledge and experience of procurement processes for and responding to tenders & regulatory requirements from both direct to government and donor organisations.

You will be able to provide leadership and direction to all grades of staffing in order to successfully produce and deliver proposals. Communicating and influencing at a senior level, internally and externally, you will be comfortable working on your own initiative in all areas of this role. You will also have:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong IT skills
  • Strong written English language skills

We would consider this role as a development opportunity where we receive applications from strong candidates who don’t necessarily have direct experience as a bid manager but can demonstrate experience in project management and/or can possess sound business acumen.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity and what will make you successful, please see the full job description attached to the bottom of this vacancy on our careers site.


Rewards and benefits

We will support you to be at your best in work and to live well outside of it. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a world-class, flexible rewards package, featuring family-friendly and planet-friendly benefits including:

  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Private medical and Permanent Health Insurance
  • Discretionary annual bonus
  • Group personal pension scheme
  • Life assurance up to 4 x annual salary
  • Green travel schemes


We are a hybrid working organisation, and we offer a range of flexible working options from day one. We expect most hybrid-working colleagues to spend 40-60% of their time at their dedicated office or location. We will also consider other work arrangements if you wish to work more flexibly or require adjustments due to a disability.

How to apply

Ready to pursue your potential? Apply now on the website.

We review applications on an ongoing basis, with a closing date for all applications being 22nd November and interviews are scheduled to take place shortly after.

Please note that successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory background checks including DBS due to working in a regulated industry.


Why join us

Joining us is your opportunity to pursue potential. You’ll belong to a collaborative team that’s exploring new and better ways to serve students, teachers and researchers across the globe – for the benefit of individuals, society and the world. Sharing our mission will inspire your own growth, development and progress, in an environment which embraces difference, change and aspiration.

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where everyone has a voice, and where we learn continuously to improve together. Ensuring that everyone feels they belong is essential to who we are, and to the contribution we make to society and our planet.

We believe better outcomes come through diversity of thought, background and approach. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities, actively seeking to employ people from a wide range of different communities.