Deloitte Pursuit Manager (State and/or Local Gov., and Higher Education) in Detroit, Michigan
Are you up to the challenge of being a trusted business advisor with an opportunity to influence business strategy at one the world's leading professional services firms? If you have experience with managing proposals to state, local, and/or higher education clients and an interest in leading "must-win" proposal opportunities, Deloitte's Government and Public Services (GPS) team is the place for you! Join our team of professionals in delivering strategic and tactical guidance to senior leadership in support of pursuit development efforts.
Work you'll do
As a Pursuit Manager on our team you will:
Have direct accountability for the following aspects of the proposal management group operations:
Lead "must-win" proposal opportunities, providing strategic and tactical advice and guidance to senior leadership and client service teams
Performance management of immediate team members
Make significant contribution to the development and continuous improvement of proposal management processes, tools, and templates.
Work directly with account teams in the execution of the GPS Pursuit Methodology process to drive the development of compliant and compelling proposals
Provide the leadership, methodologies, procedures, tools, and templates to support GPS proposal development efforts
Have responsibility across multiple, concurrent projects
Adjust to shifting priorities, stringent deadlines, last minute requirements, and occasional evening/weekend hours to accomplish tasks within non-negotiable client deadlines
Provide leadership to a diversity of matrixed proposal teams and directly affect the outcomes of assigned proposals, thereby positively affecting win rates.
Act as the central point for the proposal development process -
Evaluate the solicitation requirements,
Manage a timely process,
Working with the technical teams to develop content that is clear, effective and consistent.
Can assume this leadership role for extremely complex proposals,
Demonstrate and contribute techniques and experience.
Develop and maintain proposal management artifacts (e.g., SharePoint site, track pack, schedule, writer's outline/compliance matrix, governance model, common language guide, response templates, production/QA sheet)
Participate in/facilitates pursuit proposal lifecycle planning (e.g., strategy, schedule, compliance, color team reviews, production)
Support Pre-RFP GPS Pursuit Methodology activities, as available
Drive schedule and time management of activities associated with the opportunity and address/escalate schedule slippages with Account Teams - writers, section leads, leadership - as applicable
Direct production activities and timely submission of deliverables
Provide guidance, sample content, and boilerplate materials to writers, as needed
Facilitate activities of supporting areas: contracts, subcontracts, small business, pricing, competitive intelligence, legal, and quality control
Facilitate completion of compliance and administrative forms (e.g., legal, quality control, contracts, small business, OCI), as appropriate
Guide proposal teams in developing a strategic approach -
Act in a strategic role, from pre-RFP to oral presentation stages,
Brainstorm solutions providing tactical advice and guidance with the ability to drive strategy and solutions that result in winning submissions.
Lead and collaborate with the proposal development team -
Manage team members (of various specialties and at various levels of seniority) to develop responses that meet the needs of potential clients.
Demonstrate the ability to bring creativity and original thinking to the framing and structuring of proposal.
Debrief teams after proposal submittal -
Interview team members on successful or unsuccessful strategies and tactics,
Share results as appropriate and refining future proposal strategies and training.
Contribute to the development of Deloitte's proposal team -
Collaborate with other proposal team members,
Support positive teambuilding,
Take and conduct training as appropriate, and
Continuously refine and improve proposal strategies.
Provide oversight and guidance to assigned Pursuit COE team members - designers (graphics + formatting), writers/editors, and compliance/quality reviewers
Counsel and/or mentors Pursuit Center of Excellence (COE) team members, as appropriate
Develop and shares leading practices with the Pursuit COE team members
Provides PMO Support to Orals Teams, when available
Minimum of three (3) years in State Government proposal management, proposal development, and the direct management of proposal operational organizations
Experience in leading large complex proposals with values in excess of $10M
Approximately 5-7 years of work experience
Excellent communicator - both written and oral
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
Willingness to travel
Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship, now or at any time in the future.
Bachelor's degree with preferred concentration in Business, English, Journalism, Marketing or Communications, or comparable work experience
Training in formal proposal methodologies
Industry-wide best practices in proposal management
People and Project Management:
A team player with an outstanding ability to work with people at all levels, including senior executives
Demonstrated ability to influence others, from staff to senior leaders through a strong presence, thoughtful challenges, and use of sound judgment
Strong interpersonal skills, including aptitude for building relationships, understanding team dynamics, taking initiative, and solving problems
Keen listener, with the ability to quickly grasp ideas to be reflected in written documents and presentations
Ability to read situations and adapt leadership style to achieve results
Ability to work with grace and efficiency in a demanding, deadline-driven environment
Team-oriented with a proven ability to manage multiple projects at once
Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving ability
Attention to detail and exceptional follow-up skills
Ability to analyze information and make sound observations and recommendations quickly
How You'll Grow
At Deloitte, our professional development plan focuses on helping people at every level of their career to identify and use their strengths to do their best work every day. From entry-level employees to senior leaders, we believe there is always room to learn. We offer opportunities to help sharpen skills in addition to hands-on experience in the global, fast-changing business world. From on-the-job learning experiences to formal development programs at Deloitte University, our professionals have a variety of opportunities to continue to grow throughout their career. Explore Deloitte University, The Leadership Center.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.