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BidWrite Staff Spotlight – Nigel Dennis

September 13th, 2016

Nigel DennisNigel Dennis | Director | CPP APMP Fellow

What’s your career background and how did you get into tender/proposal writing?

Bidding found me by accident when I was 30 years old. I thrived on the challenge and it at last brought a purpose to the Bachelor of Engineering in Logic and Structure, and MBA in Marketing and Business that I thought might be wasted. Over 20 years later, with 15 of those as a consultant, I am very fortunate to have found a job I really enjoy as a tendering specialist. In terms of education though, it is the APMP certifications, awards and industry recognition that now matter the most.

What have been some of your proudest moments?

On a business level, making a real difference to the lives and successes of everyday business owners and managers – that is what the BidWrite business is all about and is what drives our success. On a personal level, seeing the growth and development of staff and the impact they are now having on the profession is what I am most proud of. 

What do you enjoy the most about tendering/proposal writing?

It is two things: The first is the very tangible job satisfaction in winning, and the competitiveness to get there. The second is the finality of deadlines and having to produce the best we can with the time and resources we have. 

What is the biggest challenge of your job?

In business, the biggest challenge is running one – no one ever told me it would be this hard! There is no university in the world that can prepare you for the many hats you have to wear daily.

What do you love most about being part of the team at BidWrite?

Being challenged and taught by the great people we have. I learn every day from our staff – and I bet many of them don’t even know they are teaching me stuff!

What is the one thing you wish every bid manager knew about?

BidWrite’s phone number on speed dial!

Describe yourself in three words.

Focused. Conscientious. Fair.

Where is your favourite place to be?

Sharing those unexpected special moments with my wife and kids that create lasting memories for all of us.

If you could have another job for a day, what would it be?

Ideally – an anonymous philanthropist to see if that can really make a difference in the unfair world we live in. Selfishly – an Olympian knowing I am just about to win a gold medal to understand what the feeling is like in that moment after all the sacrifice and hard work. 

Tell us your favourite quote!

For tendering, “Availability is not a skill.” (Thanks Jon).

For business, my mentor when I first started my own business said: “Look after your cash and get good people around you.” (Thanks Jim).

Any unique interests outside of work?

My four boys is where a lot of my non-work energy is (or should be) directed these days, in-between an interest in sport (shame my body doesn’t allow me to compete anymore), trombone playing in an 18-piece swing band, and nurturing my under-cared-for garden.