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Lisa Reece – BWL Group’s Senior Bid Consultant

Lisa Reece – BWL Group’s Senior Bid Consultant

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Meet Lisa Reece, a Senior Bid Consultant at BWL Group since 2018. Based in Warwickshire, she balances a dynamic work-life routine.

By Lisa Reece, Senior Bid Consultant at BWL Group

How long have you worked at BWL Group?

Unbelievably, I will have been here for six years! I was the first Professional Bid Services team employee in 2018 after working with Michael (our CEO) in a previous company. It was a giant leap for me as I was working for a Tier 1 contractor at the time. Michael has always put his staff first and created a culture where staff are valued and have an excellent package. He is focused on creating the best working environment rather than personal wealth accumulation.

Can you describe your role within the Professional Bid Services team at BWL Group?

I started as a Bid Consultant, having acted as both a Senior Bid Writer and Bid Manager. Having worked my way up into the roles of Senior Bid Consultant and Director, I’m responsible for managing some of our writers and working with our clients to manage and write their tender submissions.

As an Executive Director, I manage Company marketing, including strategic planning, social media presence, news articles, newsletters, and website updates.

Where do you work from for the majority of the working week?

I work from home in Warwickshire for the most part. I try to get together with my local team as often as possible for team working, catch ups, and lunch!

How do you start your day, and how does it set the tone for what follows?

My busy day starts around 6.30am (much to my despair as someone who is not a morning person!).

My first task is getting ready for the day ahead and taking my son to nursery. Once back home I have a few minutes to grab a cup of tea (my elixir) and breakfast before starting work.

I usually spend the first hour catching up on emails, coordinating marketing, checking the latest tenders, and admin. This frees me up to focus on my live bid for the rest of the day.

What is on your agenda for today?

Today I’m working on quality responses for a construction client. I’m 10 days into the project and I’m working on a response for modern methods of construction – we’re supporting their bid to build a small energy-efficient and sustainable housing development.

Later today I’ll be joining a Teams call to finalise the client’s organisation structure ready for the submission, and I also have a call regarding some updates to our website.

What are the most challenging aspects of your job, and how do you navigate them?

The most challenging aspect is keeping Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) engaged to provide critical information for the bid. They have their day jobs in addition to the workload as an assigned SME, so it can sometimes feel a little bit like juggling water. Any delays in information can have a huge impact on our timeline so it’s crucial to keep checking in and closing off tasks and requests for information.

What tools or processes/approaches do you rely on most in your day-to-day work?

I typically use a detailed bid plan and programme or a simple tracker, depending on the size of the bid. This allows me to manage all stakeholders and keep track of the overall progress of each task and quality question.

How do you balance work with home life?

It’s a challenge! While I don’t work evenings / weekends for the most part, it’s not always easy to switch off from work when a bid is in full swing – there’s always a lot to be thinking about.

When I finish at 5pm, I leave my office and try to switch my ‘work head’ off, and weekends are dedicated to home stuff and making memories with our son. A cold glass of prosecco on a Friday usually helps the wind down for the weekend!

We’ve always got activities and breaks scheduled to make sure we get plenty of downtime.

Can you share a recent success story or a project you’re particularly proud of?

I recently worked with a new client (an SME in Wales) who had little experience writing extensive tender submissions and working with external consultants. There were 12 substantial questions to manage for electrical works, requiring a series of workshops with the client. Our client’s bid was successful, and they were delighted with the result!

What do you find most rewarding about working in bidding?

The continual learning. Learning about how a company operates, what they do, how a piece of machinery operates, why a project is sequenced the way it is. It never ends, and at the end of each bid you feel like you’ve been on a whole learning journey.

And not forgetting the feeling you get when a bid you’ve supported is successful.

How do you balance the pressures of tight deadlines against the need for high-quality work?

Front-end planning is key to balancing the stress of the deadline. If you get the plan sorted and the timeline outlined, you can get the right resources in the right place. Lots of regular catch-ups are critical to ensure everyone stays on track.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a career in bidding?

Grasp project management to help with the bid management. And learn how to effectively research to help with the writing aspect. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can apply your skills to almost any sector.

If you could skip back 10 years in your career, what advice would you give to yourself?

Do it sooner. Read everything. Always review and improve.

What is your favourite thing to do outside of work?

Getting out and about at the weekends with my family. We get up to all sorts: trampolining, visiting zoos and farms, going to the beach, and car racing!


You can read more about Lisa’s professional experience on our website here.

If you’d like to know more about our services our team offers, please contact us, and we’ll be in touch. Alternatively, email us at enquires@bwlgroup.co.uk.

 

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