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Laura Smith
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Senior RFP Specialist SHI International Corp, Milton Keynes
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Senior RFP Specialist
SHI International Corp, Milton Keynes

Responsible for the end to end management of sales tenders in response to requests from external customers

My favourite job is my current job. You should always love what you do - that way you'll never work a day in your life!

I’m an experienced Bid Manager in the IT industry. In a nutshell, my role involves coordinating people and process to make sure that the overall result easier to achieve – so for me, organisation is absolutely key!

I’m extremely passionate about what I do and ambitious in achieving my career goals. I would love to see more young women consider a career in STEM – shining a spotlight on the range of fantastic opportunities available in this exciting field and building the talent pool for the future.

English
Information technology IT / ICT

Don't be defined by what others think of you. Be so good, they can't ignore you

My Education
Human Resource Management, BA Hons
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, UK
Business Studies, A Level
Psychology, A Level
Food Technology, A Level
Vandyke Upper School
Vandyke Upper School
Vandyke Upper School
Leighton Buzzard, UK
Leighton Buzzard, UK
Leighton Buzzard, UK
Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, French, Mathematics, Physics, Children's Learning and Development, Food technology
Vandyke Upper School
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At school, I really enjoyed Business Studies and English Language as I could see how they would directly apply to my future career path.

I disliked maths with a passion (and still do!). I suspect for no other reason than I wasn't particularly good at it and found the theory difficult to apply to real life scenarios.

More about me

Important skills for my job include; excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to negotiate and lead teams, organisation and coordination skills, good time keeping and deadline driven.

All of the above ensure that high quality and compelling written material is produced in response to bids.

During my career, I attended many courses and seminars to build and maximise my skill set. My best advise would be to say yes to any training and/development opportunity that's offered to you.

I had no idea what I wanted to be when I was at school - just that I wanted to work in an office. I'd planned to study Business Studies at University but my Dad suggested that this would be too broad and to narrow the field to something more specific. I chose Human Resource Management because I like working with people and pay!

Nothing. I genuinely believe that there should be no regrets in life, just lessons

 
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