Bid Manager - Europe & RoW - Paris, France


Cogent Communications is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CCOI. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access and Ethernet transport services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services in over 215 markets globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. Cogent offers competitive compensation and a full benefits package that takes effect within 30 days of employment.


Cogent is looking for a motivated self-starter to join our Marketing team in Europe as Bid Manager / Proposal Coordinator (BM). As part of Cogent’s focused Marketing team, the person will coordinate Cogent’s responses to RFPs/RFQs for IP, Ethernet and Data Center services, primarily for wholesale/Netcentric customers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Oceania, Africa and Latin America, based on input from various internal departments, and in close cooperation with Sales, including direct customer interaction.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • BM will work in close cooperation with Sales to identify and research viable RFP/RFQ opportunities, both in the private sector (in the retail/Corporate and wholesale/NetCentric segments) and in the public sector across Europe & Rest of the World (mostly outside of North America)
  • BM will assess the feasibility of the requirements therein, based on technical assessment by Sales Engineering, and assessments by other departments (Operations, Legal, Billing, etc.)
  • BM must be able to recommend which RFPs/RFQs should be pursued based on clear, logical reasoning
  • BM will manage the response to RFPs/RFQs, to ensure complete and timely bid submission, including identifying the necessary internal (or external) resources to achieve that goal
  • Based on input from various internal departments, BM will aggregate and/or create proposal content, and draft proposals with accurate, concise, fluid responses, ensuring strict adherence to RFP/RFQ requirements
  • BM will handle all logistical aspects of bid submission
  • BM will be available for customer interaction during the entire bid process, including follow-up questions, conference calls, meetings, upon Sales request
  • BM will maintain the file management system to track opportunities and success rates, and analyze market specific success rates to recommend product/price adjustments as necessary

Education / Training / Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience working with complex bids in a technology environment (telecommunications is a plus, public sector is welcome)
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business Administration or equivalent (Master is a plus)
  • Proficiency in English, both verbal and written, with strong proofreading, editing and writing ability, is an absolute must
  • Proficiency in French, German and/or Spanish is a strong plus
  • Strong PC skills with proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Detailed-oriented with excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask and thrive in fast-faced environment
  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision

This position is located at Cogent's offices in Paris, France. To apply, please submit your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.