Proposals Manager

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of Domains

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent, 3 month probation and 1 month notice

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays.

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

The jobholder will have proven capability in delivering winning, complex and bespoke proposals. You have a background in solutions and services and experience of bid campaign management from opportunity identification and bid governance to project handover.

The Proposals Manager is a pivotal role that will ensure that the bid activity is managed effectively and all departments are engaged in the development of the solution.

The Proposals Manager will have experience in supporting the team to understand customer requirements and be able to articulate the proposed solution in a concise, and high level manner.

The role is responsible for coordinating all the different contributions that each stakeholder is accountable for and ensuring that bids are managed, reviewed, submitted on time, and compliant.

The Proposals Manager will support the bid team and business development activities and play an important role in maintaining the pipeline of all BD activities, tracking opportunities from suspect, through capture and into opportunity and engaging stakeholders through to the project stage.

Main Resonsibilities and Activities

  • Managing individual opportunities as allocated
  • Maintaining the pipeline of all BD activities
  • Client engagement, conference/workshop attendance
  • Maintaining relationships with both SME’s and government organisations
  • Preparing bid plans and schedules and presenting them
  • Eliciting customer feedback on bids won and lost
  • Setting up and managing formal bid reviews
  • Status reporting of activities to management
  • Updating and Maintaining the Knowledge Base
  • Delegating on behalf of the Bid Manager as required
  • Maintain a record of bid activities and production of statistics
  • Monitor and track publications and opportunities websites
  • Supporting the Bid Team with the bid process and governance
  • Proofreading and peer review of proposals

About You

With demonstrable experience in bid coordination/management and the ability to writing concise well thought out prose, you will be proficient at negotiating and influencing your stakeholders and building strong working relationships. You have a great attention to detail and enjoy managing multiple tasks concurrently.  You understand the value of governance processes and are tenacious in seeing tasks through to conclusion.


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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