Job Location(s) UK-Harrogate
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Scientific Bachelor's Degree
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Senior Manager, Strategic Proposals, Request for Information, RFI, Commercial Quotations development. Harrogate. Early Development. Small and Large Molecule Safety testing, Identity determination, Potency Assessment, Purity determination, Small Molecule Preformulation/ Formulation Development, Analytical Development, Stability & Release




As an integral part of everything we do, our employees make a difference in the lives of millions of people… and you will too.


Thinking of accelerating your Proposal / RFI Development career in the expanding sector of Pre-clinical Research in Drug Development? Then think long-term and the extraordinary possibilities we can offer you at Covance. We are a Global Leading Contract Research Organization (CRO) and have helped the pharmaceutical industry develop more medicines worldwide than any other company, including the top 50 best-selling drugs on the market today and 100 % of all Oncology drugs approved in 2016.


Explore this Client Services Manager job with us and check for yourself why Covance is known to promote 2.5x more employees annually than the average company in the biopharmaceutical sector.





We have a job opportunity for a Senior Proposal/ RFI/ Quotations Manager, who will lead the Proposal Development team for Covance´s Chemistry Solutions team -Bioanalytical and CMC (Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls)


This is an office based job in Harrogate.


You will act as Covance´s highest-level consultant/expert POC on complex RFIs/quotes, but essentially, this is a team leader role. As our Senior Manager, we will trust you to support business growth through designing innovative global processes and teams that are focused and equipped to deliver proposals, quotes and RFIs within a culture of continuous improvement and increasing customer satisfaction.


You will lead a highly talented international team, ensuring their alignment with objectives and proposal & pricing processes requirements. As their leader, you will:


  • Oversee the quoting/ pricing/ RFI process and advise on pricing decisions and appropriate responses to customer issues.
  • Identify and drive team improvement opportunities, applying analytical tools to process issues, and taking ownership for team process improvement
  • Drive the performance appraisal process, merit increases and career development decisions.
  • Devise training and coaching plans
  • Monitor team capacity, and assist in priority setting, work scheduling and team allocation, ensuring work-load balance.





Bachelor’s Degree in a life science, business, finance or similar field.


This role is essential for us: you will make a difference in team development and process improvement, this is why we need you to bring extensive direct experience in scientific research in the CRO/biopharmaceutical environment, ideally involved with RFIs, quoting, proposals and pricing for Chemistry projects like:

  • Small and Large Molecule Safety testing,
  • Identity determination,
  • Potency Assessment,
  • Quality Testing,
  • Purity determination,
  • Small Molecule Preformulation/ Formulation Development,
  • Analytical Development,
  • Stability & Release,
  • etc.



Demonstrated Leadership & international Line Management experience: including performance evaluation and development, but also with Site Council, HR & personnel issues.


Client-centered Process Creation and Improvement.


Excellent customer service skills: you will be responsible for the maintenance and continued development of client relationships for all team members, troubleshooting issues around client inquiry requirements and Covance capabilities



If you're looking for a role in which amplifying the “voice” of the customer and energizing varied functions to rally around client needs, then Covance is the place for you!






Join us and see why Covance has been named among the World´s Most Innovative Companies in Forbes´ 2017 Ranking, and more than 90% of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies are repeat customers… we can offer you not only a job, but a stable, long-term international career.


You will work cross-functionally, exposed to multiple teams, all of which can offer you venues for career progression and new directions (Sales, Operations, Finance, Legal…)

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