BidWrite Staff Spotlight – Alex Costantini

May 22nd, 2017

Alex Costantini | Bid Consultant | APMP

Alex, how did you get started in the tendering industry?

Fun fact: I have a BSc. (Hons) Neuroscience, and had begun a PhD in Neuroimmunology and Pharmacology. 

I accidentally got into tender writing when I fell into a job as a research assistant for BUSY At Work in 2013, and was promptly seconded to the tender team. I worked as the lead writer on federal and state Social/Human Services tenders until December 2015, after which I joined BidWrite.

What would you say your proudest career moment has been so far?

Being part of the team for a $200m Federal tender. The bid was successful and expanded BUSY’s footprint for those services from two Queensland regions to delivering across Queensland and Western Australia.

What do you enjoy most about tendering/proposal writing?

The aspect I enjoy most is being able to gather knowledge within a range of industries. Becoming an expert on that service within a (sometimes not so) short tender period, is always a fun challenge!

What is the biggest challenge you face in your role?

Managing busy work schedules, especially others’. Successful bids require input (and interest) from all parties involved, and the bid process can quickly stagnate if you don’t get that interest and input.

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

They are generally just people who like to have fun. On the odd occasion when we are all in the office, there is plenty of joking around. It makes for a calm and easy work environment.

What is the one thing you think every bid manager needs to know?

The difference between efficacy and efficiency!

Where is your favourite place to be?

Anywhere that has trees and a mountain to climb. Either that or on my couch with a good book and a glass of whiskey.

If you could do another job just for a day, what would it be? (and why?)

A Marine Biologist, with a focus on sharks. I sat next to the empty desk of a girl in Honours who was researching shark behaviour. I saw her for 4 weeks out of 8 months, as she was always diving on-site in exotic locations for her experiments.

Favourite quote that speaks to you?

There are honestly too many to pick one, so here’s three!

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend; inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read” – Grouch Marx

“If the brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t” – Lyall Watson

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves” – Einstein

Any unique interests or skills that you have (non-work related) that you would like to share?

I wouldn’t call them unique, but I love trail running and mountain climbing. Not rock climbing with ropes and such, just scaling small mountains during trail runs.