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Tender Planning workload per year, per Planner ??

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Tom Howard
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Just wondering what you lot would reasonably expect a Tender Planner to bid for over a one year period ie £100M, £200M etc etc ????

Only interested in European (esp UK) Construction companies. (ie not a South African diamond mining tender planner ;-)

The reason I ask is that there are currently 2 of us here, and as well as providing site support (such as progress updating), we have just covered over £125 million worth of tenders in ONE MONTH!



Glenn Douglas
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Those descriptions are going up on the managers office wall.
(I could do with a new job).

Cyril Armentia
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Hi Johny,

You made my day with a big laugh.

Andrew Pearce
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Buna Dimineata, Good morning,
I think the original question asked was how many project bids a construction planner could handle at tender stage in any one year. (I presume we are talking building construction projects Hotels, Offices, Hospitals and the like)

I suggest that this is not an easy question to answer as any bid may have different submission requirements. It also depends on what service you expect the planner to provide, obtain Tower Crane, scaffolding quotes etc. Produce programme method statements, phasing plans etc.

Unless the project is extremely large and/or complex I would expect a proficient planner to manage at least 2 tenders per month.

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if your firm thinks that maintaining site schedules is a job to be tacked onto the tasks of the tendering planner, then I think you have all the answers you need about how seriously they take their planning and how unlikely it is that they’d listen to anyone telling them that they’re not putting requisite resources into the discipline.

at the rate you’re talking, you would be planning literally billions of euros / pounds worth of tenders a year.

This is not planning, it can’t be. It’s pretty pictures to procure projects.

There is a shortage of planners in Europe at the moment, you don’t need to be some BDMs whipping boy ... unless you get a kick out of it, that is ;-)
Tom Howard
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Many thanks for all the informative replies (and the auto email notifications that generated with each one).

Can I retract my previous statement and open the question up to South African diamond planners as well please ???
Bea Sports
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How true, how true.
Imran Arshad
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Very Nice

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Nice to start early morning.
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Nice one,
Johny Kesserwany
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Hi Tom,

I don’t have European work load average for planners.... But read the followings may be it would help!!!


Project Manager : is a Person who thinks nine women can deliver a baby in one month

Construction Manager : is one who thinks a single woman can deliver nine babies in one month

Contract manager : is one who asks if the baby is in the budget ( and if it saves money to adopt )

Project Engineer : is a person who thinks he can deliver a baby if no man and woman are available.

Section Engineer : is a Person who thinks it will take 18 months to deliver a baby

Design Engineers : are still figuring out how to produce a baby

Procurement Team : thinks they don’t need a man or woman; they’ll produce a child with zero resources

Document Control Team : thinks they don’t care whether the child is delivered they’ll just document 9 months.

Quality Auditor : is the person who is never happy with the PROCESS to produce a baby.

Site Engineers : don’t care...they just want the woman!!!

Client : is the one who doesn’t know why he wants a baby.
Business Development Manager : is the one who is trying to make the baby with the client’s wife.

QUANTITY SURVEYOR : is the one who wait for the baby to be delivered, so that they can make claim to be its Father.

Last but not Least

Planning Engineer : is the one who is working around the clock for nine months to prove that the baby is not a bastard!.