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Job #: R-00138136
Location: Bedfordshire, GB
Category: Proposal
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 25%
Clearance Required: UK - BPSS


Bids & Estimating Engineer

Permanent, Based in Bedford with hybrid working

Salary £35,000 - £50000 Depending on experience.

Why should you join our Bids Team?

We are problem solvers – we often have to think on our feet to solve problems, finding solutions to challenges and mitigating risks.

Development/Growth - We offer meaningful and engaging careers, a collaborative culture, and support for your career goals, all while nurturing a healthy work-life balance. Our managers are committed to individual and collective development and as a global company, there are opportunities to learn and expand your horizons in many different ways.

Reward – we offer a competitive package with great benefits from a pension scheme (contribution matched up to 8%), private medical insurance and life assurance with loads of flexible benefits including dental insurance, gym flex and shopping discounts.

We are seeking a Bids & Estimating Engineer to prepare proposals for our engineering projects, predominantly Automotive Body Shop Automation projects.

Some of your duties will include;

  • To generate costs for the technical solutions presented - mechanical / electrical / software.
  • Work with the Applications team requirements to understand their scope of supply and develop the best costs for their requirements.
  • Working with the strategic procurement team to develop best costs for a given application from a broad supply base.
  • Cost based research / analysis in concert with all stakeholders.
  • Cost risk identification and mitigation.
  • Manage the bid process from receipt of RFQ through to submission.
  • Ensure the costs and proposal documents satisfy all internal Leidos processes and gateways.
  • Develop the proposal with key stakeholders.
  • Work as part of a bid team & adapt as required to ensure workload is prioritised.

About You

  • Commercial minded
  • Highly Organised & self-motivated
  • Particularly good understanding of MS Office packages
  • Ability to read CAD drawings.
  • Good technical literacy skills


  • Proven experience in Mechanical Electrical / Software Engineering, preferably with some experience in responding to RFQs and preparing proposals
  • Ideally some knowledge of manufacturing automation methods and processes
  • Understanding of project costs - design, management, manufacture, installation and suppliers
  • Ability to converse with other internal departments such as engineering on a technical level to review and proceed to an agreed outcome
  • Ideally you will be qualified in an engineering subject, perhaps an apprenticeship or degree in Mechanical / Electrical / Software Engineering but qualified through experience will also be considered.

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

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