Issue Date: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

10 steps in the bid process

Each year, Organs of State invite the Private Sector to submit competitive bids for the supply of goods and services. Organs of State bid requests attract SMME's and large businesses across a wide range of sectors - from office supplies to major construction projects.

Here is an overview of 10 steps you should take to prepare a competitive bid.

1.    Register your interest

Follow the instructions in the bid document to register your interest with the purchasing agency. This important step will help keep you up to date on any bid information sessions.

2.    Attend briefing sessions

If you registered through a bid website, monitor the website for updates about bids. Attend any bid briefing sessions offered. These are valuable opportunities to ask questions and make contact with Organs of State. They may also give you a chance to meet potential subcontractors or make contacts that could participate in a consortium. Organs of State are also usually under no obligation to otherwise make available copies of information, presentations, etc., that may be given at a briefing sessions.

3.    Develop your bid response strategy

If you are bidding for a high-value bid, plan your bid carefully and consider the requirements and resources involved. For example, ask yourself:

a.    How much will it cost to prepare the bid?

b.    What information do we need to gather?

c.    What resources will we need to fulfil the contract?

d.    Who will manage the bid project?

e.    How will we plan the workload, assign the work required, schedule the meetings?

f.    Who is our competition and what are our chances of winning?

g.    What is our plan for marketing our products and services and pitching our business?

4.    Review recent awarded contracts

If you are unclear about any requirements in the bid request, contact the bid coordinator to seek clarification. What type of companies won similar bids in the past? What does the contracting Organ of State look for? What can you do to match their expectations?

5.    Write a compelling bid

Prepare your bid response. This includes planning, drafting and refining it. Make sure that you use the response forms provided and answer all questions. Stick to any word/page limits that there may be, and (as a general rule) do not go altering things like fonts and font sizes and numbering unless expressly permitted. Be clear about your structure and propositions. Decide on several key propositions you can use to set your bid apart from others. Review the evaluation criteria to gain a better understanding of what things the government agency is particularly looking for and will be evaluating your offer against. If you are not a strong writer, think about engaging a professional (a range of businesses offer bid writing services).

6.    Understand the payment terms

When putting together your bid response, make sure you are aware of the payment schedule specified. Organ of State payment schedules will vary from entity to entity and procurement to procurement. You may not get paid as soon as the job is finished or goods are delivered. If you require payment different to that specified, you should detail this in your offer.

7.    Provide References

Provide References who know your business and can attest to your work.

Give your References clear information about the bid request so they know what points to emphasise in their reference. If you have previously supplied goods or services to an Organ of State, ask them for a reference.

8.    Check and submit your bid

Make sure you check your proposal carefully before submitting it. Use a checklist to make sure your bid meets all the requirements (some bids will include a checklist that you can also use).

9.    Present your bid

Bid panels responsible for high-value contracts may request a formal presentation from bidders. If you need to present your offer to an evaluation panel, stay focused on the key messages in your proposal. Most importantly, prepare. Plan your presentation carefully, rehearse and, if you don't feel you're a strong presenter, get some coaching in presentation skills.

10.    Request a debriefing

You can request a debriefing on the bid after the process, especially if your bid is unsuccessful. Feedback from the evaluation committee can be extremely useful in understanding how your offering can be improved and can assist you in preparing for your next bid. Look for ways to improve your next bid.

To learn more about this and many other bid conditions please attend one of our HowtoTender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

 

Title Closing Date Tender No.
The Madikwe River Lodge is calling for proposals from reputable tourism agencies to provide marketing and sales services to the resort. 2019-03-20 13:00 MRL001/19
Organised supply and delivery of reagents for the analysis of Chemical Oxygen Demand and Free Chlorine at BCMM municipal laboratory 2019-02-22 12:00 RFQ/DSS/2018-19/364
Operation of an electrical control centre and fault centre in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality for a period of three years 2019-03-19 12:00 ED: 405
Re-advertisement: TD-01/06/18: Provision of tyres and tyre associated service items, including new and re-treaded replacement tyres, puncture repairs, fitment, wheel balancing, wheel alignment, wheel rotation and emergency call out to attend to tyre breakdowns for a period of three years 2019-02-22 11:00 TD-01/06/18
Tender for heritage study: De Rust, Dysselsdorp & Oudtshoorn 2019-03-25 12:00 TD-01/02/19
Provision and administration of an electricity and water prepayment vending system for a contract period ending 30 June 2022 2019-03-25 11:00 TD-05/02/19
Supply, delivery, assembly and installation of various items of furniture and accessories for Thusong Centre in Motherwell. 2019-02-28 11:00 SCM/19-97/G
Expression of interest for the supply and delivery of PPE. 2019-03-14 11:00 SCM/19-139/G
Document: Archiving: Learners and Drivers licences. 2019-03-14 11:00 SCM/19-114/S
Standards of Generally Recognised Acccounting Practices (GRAP) financial reporting training service provider for a two year period 2019-02-28 12:00 SAICA0032019
Provision of Security Services at Various ECDC Owned Premises for thirty Six months (3 years) 2019-03-11 12:00 ECDC/ELN/108/012019
Supply and delivery of Road Construction Material for Taweni Access road 2019-03-11 12:00 IHLM/87/01/2018-19/TS
The appointment of a service provider for Finance, Human Resources and Administration services for a period of 12 months. 2019-02-28 14:00 AIP-01/2019
Upgrading of Server Infrastructure and Development of Unified communication 2019-03-20 12:00 019/2018/19
The appointment of a contractor to design, upgrade, install and commission the control system at the aquarium of the National Zoological Garden in Pretoria. 2019-03-04 11:00 SANBI NZG: 325/ 2019
The appointment of a contractor for remedial work to various existing structures including roofs, aquatic mammal pools, and aquarium tanks at the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria. 2019-03-04 11:00 SANBI NZG: 327/ 2019
The appointment of a contractor for the design and upgrade of existing gravel roads at the Mokopane Biodiversity Centre in Mokopane, Limpopo. 2019-03-05 11:00 SANBI NZG: 330/ 2019
Appointment of service provider for the procurement new fleet 4x4 double cabs(03) and (06) x sedans for the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator 2019-03-15 11:00 SADPMR03/ 2018/ 19
Request to procure service providers for the purposes of headhunting for executive and senior management positions for a period of three (03) years 2019-03-08 11:00 RFA 1892/ 2018
Appointment of a suitable service provider to conduct situational analysis of successful skills programmes offered by SETA Quality Assurance Partners (QAPS) 2019-03-08 11:00 PUR 6000/ 8

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By Werner van Rooyen

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