Build a Better Bid Management Team

Build a better RFP Bid Management Team

Even the most efficient business leaders can’t respond to every targeted bid themselves. There’s too much work for one person to do alone. From finding strategic bids to helping grow their business to writing, editing and designing winning proposals — plus everything in between — teamwork is key to building a winning bid. It’s time to build a bid management team.

Each member of a bid management team should bring complementary skillsets while leveraging their strengths and expertise. Since bids typically require quick turnarounds, your team must be collaborative, communicative and in sync throughout the entire proposal process. A team that works well together can decrease your response time outlay and thus increase the number of bids you can respond to. 

So, if you’re looking to win more bids, the first step is to build a potent bid management team. Here we share five (5) key roles necessary to do just that and increase your chances of securing more contracts.  

Bid Manager

The role of a bid manager is to oversee the bid through its entirety. After selecting the right bid, they’ll manage the kick-off meeting, the bid’s development and any review sessions. The bid manager will verify that the submission meets each and every compliance requirement. They’ll also follow up after the award announcement.  

To craft a compelling response, the bid manager must thoroughly understand what the procurer is looking to achieve. This includes their evaluation strategies and buying process, their competition, and what drives them to purchase. Therefore, the bid manager must have a deep understanding of not only the internal operations of the responding business but of external marketplace factors as well.   

Essential bid manager skills:

  • Experience with public and private sector bidding 
  • Understanding of the industry sector your business represents
  • Ability to work and communicate well with other team members
  • Well-honed organization, motivation and problem-solving skills

Content Manager

The content manager’s primary responsibility is organizing, updating and maintaining your response content database. This includes managing certifications, technical answers, references, previously submitted bids and much more. Without constant upkeep, your content library can quickly become cluttered with irrelevant, repetitive and outdated information. When that happens, it will delay your response process and affect your submission timeline. It can even cause you to miss a deadline.

Your content portfolio is an important piece of your business’s response strategy, and you should use it as a competitive advantage. Because when your response team has access to the best content available, everyone benefits. Think of the content manager as the person who cares for your bid foundation. When each brick is well-maintained, it builds a strong house. In the same way,  you need solid, well-curated content to make strong bids. If your content isn’t maintained, it opens opportunities for a bid to become disorganized, and crumble, quickly. 

Essential content manager skills:

  • High level of organization and a proven process for categorizing information
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to edit, proof and strengthen previous content

Bid Writer

The bid writer set the tone of the overall response. As a storyteller, they write convincing bids that gain the attention of potential customers. To do so, they must research the client and highlight the pain points noted within the RFP. They then produce a professional narrative conveying how your brand solves the procuring entity’s problem.  

This isn’t to say that their job is to write the entire proposal single-handedly. Instead, the bid manager and content manager work in tandem with the bid writer, helping to prepare the essential information required within the response. The bid writer further ensures the bid reads as a cohesive document.

Bid writers also help convey factors that an issuing organization may consider outside of price alone. For instance, these can include the business’s structure, values,  history, demonstrated success, reputation, references and the completeness of the response itself. The bid writer ensures the bid hits every point your brand needs to communicate while speaking to what matters most to the potential client.

Essential bid writer skills:

  • Effective communication and strategic thinking
  • Proficient written and verbal expression skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines

Bid Editor

Submitting a clear, concise and error-free bid can make or break the chances of winning a contract. That’s why a bid editor is essential to your response management process.

As someone who brings a “fresh set of eyes” to your bid, they’ll comb for details other team members may have overlooked. They’ll also check for proper formatting and grammatical errors while verifying that all certifications, signatures and documentation have been attached. Furthermore, they can suggest where answers could use writing, design improvements, or additional information to ensure they’re fully compliant. This role reads the bid as if they’re the client and provides clarity throughout the response. 

Essential bid editor skills:

  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Keen eye and creative mind to spot areas for enhancements

Bid Designer

Your bid designer ensures your final proposal looks professional and on-brand for your business. They create and incorporate graphics and images into the response to break up large expanses of written content, support key messages and improve the reader’s engagement with the proposal. In addition, they add flare to what would otherwise be a long sea of black-and-white details. 

Essential bid designer skills:

  • Creativity to visually communicate a brand message through text and imagery
  • Understanding of design principles
  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven environment without compromising the end product

An RFP tailored to the contracting organization’s needs and priorities is your best chance to succeed. This requires a certain amount of personalization and creativity that cannot be delivered solely relying on digital RFP platforms. Even when your process effectively incorporates these platforms, a skilled human response team must communicate the connection your business will bring to the potential customer relationship.  

Ready to Boost Your Team’s Winning Bids?

At The Bid Lab, we pride ourselves on developing bids that set our clients apart from their competitors. Our team of experts is committed to exceeding expectations and delivering a smooth bid management process. If you’re not ready to expand your team internally, our bid professionals are well-equipped to take on the demands of any RFP — so you don’t have to. The Bid Lab team includes project managers, writers, designers, researchers and editors to ensure your RFP is on time, on point and the shortlist. In other words, our team works as an extension of yours from the moment a bid is suitable for business strategy. 

If you’re ready to join forces, schedule a free consultation with our specialists today. Or, give us a call at 1-844-4BIDLAB or email us at Let’s make your next RFP experience a positive and informative one.