Our employee spotlight shines a light on one employee at a time. We value diversity and inclusion and welcome diverse thinking. It takes a village — through collaboration, living safely and driving innovation we realize our goals and help our clients achieve mission success. Our mantra is people first, mission always. In March, we’ll focus on Women History Month . Today’s Q&A is with Alivia Topham-Sing, Senior Proposal Manager, E&E International.
How did you come to join Amentum?
In 2018, I began contracting with Amentum during the Enriched Uranium Programme tender for the Atomic Weapons Establishment. A year or so later joined on a permanent basis.
What is your professional and personal background?
I have a BSc in Computer Science but figured out relatively quickly that I didn’t want to pursue a career in Information Technology. After leaving a CRM system project management role, I began freelancing as a Proposal Manager working on some of the UK’s major infrastructure projects (HS2, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital). I loved it and haven’t turned back since!
On a personal note, I am married and we have three amazing boys – , age 9-and 4-year-old twin boys . When I am not working, I enjoy doing house renovations and being outdoors burning off some energy with my boys – living by the beach helps with this!
Describe the work you do and how you think it makes a positive impact.
As a senior proposal manager, I work with our subject matter experts and teaming partners to support solution development, and then translate these solutions into winning proposals. This includes guiding the proposal through the planning and review stages and working with the pricing and commercials teams to generate a price-to-win offer.
What are some of your accomplishments and/or what has been your proudest career moment?
It’s always rewarding when your team wins a bid – every one of the wins I’ve had in my career I have been proud of. Some of the successes that really stand out for me for various reasons are the EUP tender, the RWM 262 contract and the HS2 main civils contracts.
What do you enjoy about working for Amentum?
The people! We have so many great people that are passionate, enthusiastic, and very smart.
What are you passionate about?
Being happy in my working life and family life.
What’s your career advice?
Seek out the opportunities – they don’t just land in your lap.
What does safety mean to you, or do you have a favorite safety tip?
Getting home safely every single day.
What’s the best invention in the world and why?
Flying, as we get to experience different cultures and environments, we might never have gotten to which in turn enables us to challenge the norm and view life from different perspectives.
What does this year’s IWD theme, #BreakTheBias mean to you?
Overcoming the unconscious bias that we come across every day so that we’re treated as equals in 2022!
Anything else you would like to share from a personal or professional perspective?
Having the right work life balance is important and if the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the world continues to spin and move forward wherever we are working.