Blaire Pretorius

Blaire Pretorius


Accomplished, integrity driven young professional with four years experience in Tender and Bid Management, with the ability to manage diverse projects simultaneously whilst always seeking for alternative solutions in areas where there is room for improvement. 

Exceptional organisation, presentation and written communication skills with excellent attention to detail.

Resourceful, motivational and positive team player.

An intelligent businesswoman, with diverse business knowledge and propensity to initiate positive change. A forward thinker and someone who is not afraid to delve into unchartered waters for the greater good of the company and the department. 

Work History

Work History
Nov 2009 - Present

Sales and Marketing Assistant / Bid Manager

Trans Data Management

Trans Data Management Limited (TDM) provides data and telecom based communication and security solutions. As a systems integrator TDM aim to optimise the client’s requirements by specifying the most appropriate systems and integrate these systems into engineered solutions. TDM has solutions that allow for the integration of security and communication systems, including:

  • Passenger Help Points;
  • CCTV;
  • Customer Information Systems;
  • Telephony;
  • Radio;
  • SCADA;
  • Public Address Systems;
  • Alarming.

TDM services include design, supply, project management, installation, minor and enabling works, training and maintenance.

My role within TDM is to support the Sales team with all Large and Small Tenders, Proposals, Online Marketing and New Business Development. My role with TDM includes the following:

  • To contribute to the search for new business opportunities.
  • Map out potential customers & competitors.
  • Create and modify documents using Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Photoshop.
  • Correspondence to prospects and clients.
  • Coordination and development of marketing pieces for print and online use.
  • Research into E-Marketing/Internet marketing services for clients/business.
  • Development of internal pricing structures.
  • Maintain documentation as back-up for estimate figures, including current (accurate) information on prices from suppliers through direct contact, price lists, etc.
  • Support company in assigned project based work, including but not limited to:

-      Sourcing OJEU notices, identify new tender opportunities through research, liaise with the management team to provide input to the tender and bidding process;

-      Help compose and complete expressions of interest and PQQ submissions (to the highest quality);

-      Applying a structured approach to the development of proposals;

-      Analyzing the Request For Proposal including specifications, scope of supply and drawings;

-      Allocate resources to each section, e.g. who responds to each requirement;

-      Define the project schedule, costs, and deliverables (e.g. the proposal);

-      Keep the deliverables on target by assessing the cost effectiveness of products and services, relative to bids as the project develops;

o  Consulting clients, suppliers, personnel in other departments or Engineers to discuss and formulate estimates and resolve issues;

o  Confer with engineers, contractors and subcontractors on changes and adjustments to cost estimates;

o  Preparation of estimates for use in selecting suppliers or subcontractors;

o  Preparation and maintainence of suppliers, contractors and subcontractors directory;

-      Coordinate the proposal delivery, printing and publications;

-      Ensure that the proposal reads smoothly as a single document;

-      Collate the entire document;

-      Ensure that the proposal is submitted on time and in the correct format.

Jun 2011 - Present

Senior Corporate Healthcare Services Coordinator

Bard Limited

Founded more than 100 years ago, C.R Bard Inc is a leading multinational developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative, life enhancing medical technologies in the fields of vascular, urology, oncology and surgical specialty products.

BARD markets its products and services worldwide to hospitals, individual health care professionals, extended care facilities, and alternate site facilities.

BARD pioneered the development of single-patient-use medical products for hospital procedures; today

BARD is dedicated to pursuing technological innovations that offer superior clinical benefits while helping to reduce overall costs.

My role within Bard is that of a 'Bid Manager' within the Corporate Healthcare Services Department. Our role is to source and win new business proposal opportunities in order to gain customer confidence, loyalty and revenue through effective processing of Pre Qualification questionnaires, Quotations and Tender Proposals:

Key Activities

  • Locate new tendering opportunities online
  • To manage the bid qualification process for new opportunities and express intent
  • Complete Pre Qualification Questionnaires
  • Manage virtual bid teams, typically involving contributions from sales, marketing, product teams, finance, commercial, legal/quality assurance and customer services
  • Preparing and reviewing the commercial aspects of the bid, ensuring all services are included in the final proposal to the customer
  • Collating the tender proposal
  • Ensure timely delivery of compliant and commercially sound bids
  • Annual Price Renewal and Implementation Duties
  • Customer Spend Reports
  • Customer Pricing Quotations

Recent Additions:

- Streamlining Processes

- Implementing internal documentation

- Sole Management of Corporate Accounts/Strategic Business Partners

- Employee tender process training (New Starters and existing employees)

Sep 2007 - Aug 2008

Assistant Property Manager

Remus Management Limited

Remus is a specialist firm of Residential Managing Agents managing blocks and estates of residential flats, maisonettes and houses throughout England and Wales.

With offices in The South West (Salisbury), The South East (Brighton), Central England (Birmingham), The North of England (Stockport),  London and The East of England (Chelmsford), Remus presently provide services to more than 14,000 properties.

Remus’s clients include Tenant Management Companies, Developers and Freehold Landlords. In addition Remus also manage a portfolio of retirement housing developments.

My role within Remus was to assist with the Property Management of numerous, national residential and commercial properties.

  • Property Management of national, residential and commercial property;
  • Ensuring that each property is maintained to the required standard in accordance with the lease;
  • Management of estate, landscaping, janitorial and security maintenance;
  • Identify opportunities to maximize income and minimize costs across the whole portfolio;
  • Carry out regular site inspections to ensure that everything is working in a safe and appropriate manner and to identify works needed;
  • Organising Insurance cover and claims;;
  • Plan and carry out short and long term maintenance programmes;
  • Co-ordinate and follow-up property repairs;
  • Monitor, arrange and oversee the activities of external contractors;
  • Regularly check standards of workmanship;
  • Responsible for accuracy of property database;
  • Responsible for all correspondence and administration;
  • Responsible for liaising with leaseholders regarding maintenance and insurance matters;
  • Responsible for advising on Health and Safety;
  • Write site reports and liaise with in-house accounts team;
  • Prepare Customer Invoices.
Jul 2007 - Sep 2007

Personal Assistant/Executive Secretary

The Flooring People

The Flooring People are members of the Independent Inspections for Approved Retailers and are Karndean authorised suppliers and fitters.

They provide a one year guarantee on the fitting of any product in addition to standard manufacturers’ guarantees.

My role with The Flooring People was to offer senior level secretarial and clerical services to the proprietor.

A brief example of what my role entailed is as follows:

  • Providing office support services in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness within the office;
  • Working directly with the Proprietor;
  • Standing in for the Store Manager in his absence;
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of meetings, conferences and conference
  • telephone calls;
  • Organise and attend meetings;
  • Work directly with Company Accountant;
  • Create and manage invoices and quotes;
  • Supervise Staff;
  • Plan and co-ordinate workflow and productivity;
  • Managing office space;
  • Work closely with Property Managers;
  • Liaise with suppliers;
  • Manage Sales Orders;
  • Organise and maintain office systems;
  • Organize, implement and maintain a new numerical and alphabetical filing system;
  • Update company sales records;
  • Greet visitors and clients;
  • Answer and screen telephone calls;
  • Type official letters and documents;
  • Manage and organize post, emails and faxes;
  • Additional Ad-Hoc administrative duties.
May 2007 - Jul 2007

Telesales Marketer

Virgin Media

In February 2007, Virgin brought together ntl, Telewest, Virgin Mobile and to form a brand new entertainment and communications company – Virgin Media – that offers a brilliant choice of the latest products and technology, outstanding customer service and great value.

I worked alongside Virgin Media to assist in selling the accomplished Virgin Media services to the general Public. My role included:

  • Selling digital cabling services on behalf of Virgin Media.
  • Represent Virgin Media in a professional and friendly manner.
  • Meeting sales targets
  • Increase revenue by offering the right package to the right customer based on the knowledge attained by match questioning.
  • Using clear and effective verbal communication to ensure customer value and make sure that no potential sales are lost due to incorrect information being supplied
  • Using open questions, allowing the customer to feel comfortable with talking more about themselves, allowing them to focus on their needs and wants rather than the package as a sale.
  • Use of literary tools and mastering the use of things such as tone and pitch of voice
  • Researching other companies’ competitive package deals, remaining alert of what is on the market.
  • Making use of an interaction scripter whilst on the phone to the customer.
  • Increase customer satisfaction by contacting them back at their own preferred times.
  • Use of a bundle calculator.
Sep 2006 - Apr 2007

Switchboard Receptionist

Thrutainers International

In 1978, shortly after the introduction of a cellular fleet and containerisation in South Africa, founding members, H.M. De Oliveira and T.L. Richards, established Thrutainers International, a Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC).

Pioneers in South Africa of Less than Container Loads (LCL), Thrutainers International set high standards of service, safety and efficiency providing a reliable and tested seafreight groupage service and Full Container Load (FCL) service to and from a variety of countries. The Port of Durban, the largest harbour in South Africa, strategically located on Africa’s major east-west shipping route became Thrutainers Head Office; the ideal hub to distribute goods to Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.  Shortly afterwards Thrutainers International opened offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Typical activites included:
  • Operation of computerised switchboard– 4 incoming lines
  • Greeting visitors and directing them to the correct person or department
  • Managing the visitors book and issuing security passes
  • Keeping the reception area tidy
  • Testing lines and reporting faults
  • Taking and passing on messages
  • Answering and forwarding on e-mails
  • Sending DHL airbags to overseas agents
  • Distribution of in-house documents
  • Receiving of airbags from the various branches and the distribution of the documentation
  • Sending of airbags to the various branches
  • Sending of registered mail, and priority mail via speed services
  • Receiving and sorting of all incoming and outgoing post
  • Placement of overseas, mobile and national calls
  • Company shopping via the internet
  • Updating of the Communications Directory
  • Setting of speed dial numbers on the PABX
  • Organising reading material
  • Carrying out basic administrative tasks such as filing
Aug 2006 - Oct 2006

Assistant Coordinator

Magic Moments

Magic Moments is an EVENT SOLUTIONS COMPANY handling function co-ordination, event management, event design, product launches and special events. Magic Moments is a P.D.I. empowered enterprise and strives to utilize the skills of the local community as much as possible. We strongly support the mission statement in the "Proudly South African" campaign. The communities we support work in the medium of bead, wood, wire sculpture and constructing items that serve our clients proud.

When I worked for Magic Moments I was lucky enough to be able to assist in all production and event cooardination.

  • Assisting managers with new imaginative ideas for upcoming events
  • Organising and maintaining schedule of events
  • Booking venues and entertainment
  • Involvement in theme development for conferences, exhibitions, galas, launches, weddings, parties, school functions and product promotions
  • Supervision of set-up crew
  • Making sure that everything runs efficiently on the day
  • In charge of corrective action/potential venue problems
  • Discussing what the client requires
  • Ordering of props and supplies
  • Raising sponsorship/funding for particular events
  • Researching new venues
  • Answering of all incoming calls
  • Answering and forwarding of e-mails
Apr 2006 - Jul 2006

Superior Sales Consultant


Dune's first store opened on the desirable Kings Road London in 1993. Over the years they have grown to over 44 standalone stores and 163 concessions in the UK and Ireland, including the Shoe Galleries in Selfridges London. You can find their flagship stores in London’s Covent Garden, Westfield Shopping Centre and Glasgow’s Buchanan Street. More recently they have opened their doors in One New Change shopping centre overlooking St Pauls, with a brand new concept design and state of the art finishes. The Dune brand is now on the international stage with stores in over 13 countries worldwide (predominantly within the Middle East). Their international business continues to expand with ambitious plans to move into new and exciting destinations.

My Role within Dune was that of a full-time Sales Consultant.

A summary of what my role entailed is as follows:

  • Training new staff
  • Visual merchandising. Maintaining main windows and display shelves to a high standard
  • Meeting weekly sales targets
  • Creating staff incentives
  • Allocating daily sales targets to staff
  • Features & Benefits. Testing staff on product knowledge
  • Serve and advise customers on products
  • Advise customers on availability of stock and any special promotions
  • Stock room supervision
  • Returns and purchases. General till work.
Nov 2005 - Apr 2006

Sales Assistant


H&M offers fashion and quality at the best price with a broad and varied selection for women, men, teens and children. Each of the departments contains a number of different concepts.

Today H&M operates in 39 countries and has 87,000 employees all working to the same philosophy: to bring you fashion and quality at the best price.

My role within H&M was that of an in-store Sales Assistant and involved, but was not limited to the following:

  • Greet, assist, sell and offer advice to customers;
  • Deal with customer complaints;
  • Operate till and handle financial transactions;
  • Monitor and update sales display areas;
  • Merchandise and replenish stock as directed;
  • Assist with deliveries and stock handling as directed;
  • Undertake cleaning duties;
  • Continually develop an understanding of the company’s culture, products, ethical initiatives, other
  • areas of business, and reflect this in everyday performance;
  • Meet set sales targets;
  • Take responsibility for personal development and actively seek opportunities for improvement.
Jan 2006 - Feb 2006

Fashion Model Dresser

PURE, PT Production Team
2004 - 2005


Humphreys Bakery



Microsoft Excel 2007/2010 - Intermediate

Horsham Training Centre

The aim of this course is to give delegates already using Excel an insight into some other useful features. The topics covered include: - Range Names - Links - Percentages - Autofilter - Charts - If Function - SumIf - Other useful calculations - Protecting Sheets - Object Linking and Embedding

AAT Accounting Diploma - Level 1

Premier Training

Unit 30 introduces the concept of accounting for income and receipts, making and recording payments and preparing accounts to trial balance. At the first level you’ll learn finance administrator skills, such as double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles, and purchase, sales and general ledgers.

Apr 2009

OCR Bookkeeping Diploma

West Sussex Adult & Community Learning Service

This qualification at Level 1 of the National Qualifications Framework has been designed to provide candidates with a flexible and modern introduction to key topics in bookkeeping.

The qualification is made up of five units which can be entered individually or as part of an overall Certificate qualification. Candidates can also take any combination of units short of the full award. If candidates wish to take all five units of the qualification, then a Diploma award is also available.

The structure of the Certificate qualification requires candidates to take a mandatory unit (Unit 1) plus any other two units. There are two units in manual bookkeeping to choose from and two units in computerised bookkeeping to choose from. Candidates can either specialise in manual units or computerised units or pick and mix from both to make up their Certificate.

Unit 1 is a timetabled examination available at different times in the year. Units 2, 3, 4 and 5 are assessed using an OCR-set assignment, marked by OCR, but administered by centres at a time of their choosing.

The OCR Level 1 Certificate in Bookkeeping (01870) is aimed at those who are new to the skills and knowledge required of bookkeepers and also at those who are studying in preparation for employment in bookkeeping job roles.




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Adobe Photoshop, Various Versions

Photoshop skills include illustration, photo editing and manupulation.

Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint