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Bid Proposal Co-ordinator Apprenticeship

At any given moment, you’ll find our Commercial team seeking out opportunities. They’re the ones making sure we’re meeting our customers’ needs, growing our business and winning new work. Join us, and whether you’re a school-leaver, career-changer, or simply interested in the area, you’ll find the same opportunity to gain a Level 3 apprenticeship qualification and land a permanent role with us. That’s why, as our Apprentice Bid and Proposal Co-ordinator, you’ll not only open up all kinds of possibilities for our future – but for yours too.

But who are we?
At FCDO Services (formerly known as FCO Services), we work with government-level customers to protect the UK’s interests at home and overseas. We do that through a wide range of services, all delivered to the highest security standards, including construction, digital solutions, communications, logistics, and counter-eavesdropping. And in everything we do, we always keep our customer promise: to be reliable, responsive, and build relationships.

So what will you do?
You’ll help FCDO Services go from strength to strength. How? By putting together top-quality bids and proposals that win us new business. You’ll work alongside the Bid Manager and be involved in the whole bid process, learning how to price new work, create and quality assure interesting proposals, and find clever solutions. Not only that, you’ll be there to co-ordinate different bid teams from across FCDO Services, making sure everyone’s on the same page and developing strong working relationships with them along the way.

Aside from all the hands-on experience, you’ll also complete a series of modules that give you a solid grounding in all things bids and proposals. It’s with this mix of practical work and more formal study that you’ll soon find your feet, and get to grips with how we pull together compelling commercial offerings that tick all our future customers’ boxes.

In short, this is a role full of impact, where you’ll build your specialist skills and widen your options – all with the benefits of a career in the Civil Service. So we think it’s fair to say that by joining us, your future just got bigger.

What we look for:
This apprenticeship is open to everyone, but you must:

• Be a British Citizen who’s lived in the UK for the last three years before the first day of your apprenticeship (usually September of the year you’re applying)
• Be at least 16 years old by mid June 2021
• Have at least two GCSEs (or equivalent e.g. O Levels, Functional Skills Level 2) in Maths and English at grades 9-4 (A*-C)
• Be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite – Excel, Word, PowerPoint
• Be a self-starter and team player
• Be genuinely interested in bid and proposal management

If you already have a qualification at the same or a higher level, you may not be able to apply unless the apprenticeship qualification provides learning and skills that are materially different to what you’ve studied before.

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world
The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And a Stonewall Diversity Champion. And Employers for Carers. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.

All our employees have to be security cleared before joining us, so you will need to undergo a vetting process if you’re successful in your application. This role would require you to undergo Security Check (SC) clearance. You can find out more about vetting on our website or on

IMPORTANT: For further information on these roles and the assessment and interview dates, please download the Candidate Information Pack x 2 and Role Profile highlighted below.

FCDO Services are regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

Job summary

£15,766 Plus £1,750 Location Allowance
Hanslope Park
Closing Date
20 April 2021 at midnight