Issue Date: 
Monday, August 17, 2015

Tips on formats for successful tender presentation

Tender responses have to be as informative as possible without affecting the legibility. In today’s blog, we discuss a format of what we consider to be a winning strategy. Adhering to this strategy will ensure that you will include all the necessary details required.

This winning strategy follows the ‘who, cost, how and what if’ approach. It will help you include every detail and will certainly contribute to making your tender to surface as the best amongst all responses.

Who

Study the tender and draft a list of projects which you have provided with a similar service or products before. This will demonstrate your previous experience and will convince the evaluator about your capability in delivering/servicing projects which are as similar as possible to the work being tendered for. Where possible, include reference details of clients who be contacted by the evaluator.

State clearly and in full of whom your team comprises of and the skills they have in delivering the service required. Consider including the profiles and qualifications of the proposed team members. You can also include backup resources, should there be a need for extra work or if additional resources are required.

In addition, include your technical abilities and operational procedures in detail. Think of all the technical aspects which make your organisation to be unique from your competitors and highlight these differences. This will instill confidence in the buyer as they will see that you know exactly how you propose to deliver and that you have thought the process through carefully. Highlight any methods which are particularly innovative or that demonstrate efficiency.

Cost

Highlight any areas where you believe that your solution can offer cost savings to the buyer. If you believe you have a better long-term value solution which may be more expensive upfront, provide the buyer with the necessary information to back-up your claim.

How

Identify all contract management roles and responsibilities. Describe your proposed contract management processes including project initiation, day-to-day operations, review points, quality checking, dealing with issues/complaints, reporting, lines of communication etc. Describe your customer review process and provide tangible and relevant examples.

Describe your company quality systems and procedures and include copies of relevant accreditations. Provide copies of relevant quality procedures in the tender and fully describe your quality review procedures.

What-if-Risk

Nothing makes a buyer more impressed and confident than knowing that the bidder has prepared in advance for possible risks. Therefore, indicate that you have identified the risks associated with the tender and also display well-thought methods you have already considered to reduce these risks. This may mean including a risk register with contingencies for all key activities.

Added value

A buyer will be double impressed knowing that you, as a bidder, are willing to bring in more than they have bargained for. If you are capable, include any aspects of your solution which will bring something to the buyer which is beyond their existing capability. This may include additional business benefits, new skills or methods in the delivering of the overall solution, anything that you are willing to do at no extra cost that will make the overall process more efficient and save money.

This format of tender procedures will help your tender response to be among the top choices of evaluators. It will demonstrate that you have prepared yourself, you are well-skilled and you are in the best position to provide the services or products required.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply, Delivery, Installation & Commission of Three Headlight Aim Testers for Vehicle Test Station for Traffic Services 2018-12-24 12:00 RFQ/HPS/2018-19/291
Provision of Driver Education (Learner and Driving Licence) 50 Persons in Ward 38 2018-12-24 12:00 RFQ/IDP/2018-19/290
Supply & Delivery of Electrical Inventory Items 2019-01-11 12:00 SCM/2019/94/ENG
Provision of Driver Education (Learner and Driving Licence) 50 Persons in Ward 08 2018-12-24 12:00 RFQ/IDP/2018-19/289
Appointment of construction of a small administration block, 2 x grade R classrooms, guard house, erection of fence, completion of the multi- purpose classroom, nutrition centre, 2 x 3 classroom blocks, conversion of 1 x 3 classroom block into hall and external works at Leboeng Primary School located in Leboeng Village in Sekhukhune District, Limpopo Province grade 7 GB and Above 2019-01-30 12:00 EDDP 184/57B
Advanced Firearm Training Programme 2018-12-28 12:00 RFQ/DHR/2018-19/297
Updating and Maintenance of BCMM`s Water Hydraulic Models and Water Demand Analysis in IMQS - Inland 2018-12-28 12:00 RFQ/DES/2018-19/296
Procurement of Professional Service Providers from the Built Environment that specializes in Architecture, Quantity Surveyors, Civil & Structural Engineers, Electrical Engineers and OHS Agents For The Planning, Design, Supervision and Closure of the Programme 9 Schools for the Limpopo Department of Education 2019-01-28 09:00 LDOE/66PSP/2018/1
Thermocycler 2018-12-21 11:00 RFQ GAU86
Jagerust Water Treatment Plant Refurbishment 2019-02-28 10:00 E/BS3691R
Supply of parts, spares and repairs of Teledyne make of ambient air quality monitoring gas analyser for lab and site network 2019-03-08 10:00 CORP 4655
Supply and delivery of electrical material and equipment for Nkomazi LM for a period of three (3) years 2019-01-31 12:00 NKO 90/2018
Provision of a functional and technical support service for Ellipse and associated bespoke systems implemented at eThekwini Electricity 2019-02-15 11:00 E.9646
Online coal quality measurement staithes incline conveyors 2019-02-12 10:00 MPGXC005157R
The maintenance and repair of portable earthing gear in Mpumalanga Operating Unit on an as and when required basis 2019-02-12 10:00 MPDX001033
Appointment of a service provider to compile a waste characterization report - Solid Waste Management 2018-12-28 11:00 FQ/SM: 97/19
To design, manufacture, supply, delivery, removal, installation and commissioning of 2 (two) spare LP heaters (1 x LPH 3 and 1 x LPH 4) for a period of 5 years 2019-02-13 10:00 MPGXC005426
Supply, delivery and installation of 2 x automated multi-deck weighbridges at Tutuka Power Station 2019-02-13 10:00 MPGXC005428
Supply and delivery of one (1) Landfill Compactor 2019-01-18 12:00 IHLM-78/12/2018-19/COMM
Provision of Short Term Insurance for the period from 01 July 2019 To 30 June 2022 2019-01-18 12:00 FIN 01/2019/20

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