BOBI AWARDS

Entry Tips

Apply early: 

In order to ensure that candidates get the most from the day, places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so don’t delay! 

Please make sure that you are eligible to enter: 

As of 31st December the year prior to the competition, you must have no more than 3 years' total experience in any business intelligence roles (non-healthcare roles also count towards this) and no more than 5 years’ total experience in healthcare.

If you are in any doubt about whether you may be eligible, please submit an entry form, giving details of the main responsibilities and dates of all your previous roles. In some cases there may be some flexibility depending on the exact nature of your previous experience. We will review each application individually to ensure fairness and discuss it with you if we need clarification. The final decision will rest with the BHBIA.

The examples below may help you:

  • Example 1: A candidate spent a year as an trainee research executive, was then seconded into a healthcare communications role with another company in the agency’s network, before returning to the market research agency where they have now been a research executive for 1.5 years. STATUS: ELIGIBLE: because they have only had 2.5 years in BI (the comms role doesn’t count towards this), and 3.5 years total healthcare experience 
  • Example 2: A candidate has been in a pharma field sales role for 2 years, they then spent 1 year in marketing with the same company, before moving to an MR agency where they have been a Research Executive for the last 2.5 years. STATUS: NOT ELIGIBLE: because although they have less than 3 years’ BI experience (the marketing role doesn’t count towards this), their overall healthcare experience amounts to more than 5 years.·
  • Example 3: A candidate spent 3 years working in the business information / analytics department of a automobile manufacturing company, before moving to an healthcare analytics agency where they have been working as an analyst for a year. STATUS: OPEN TO DISCUSSION Strictly speaking this person would not be eligible because they have been in BI roles for more than 3 years in total. But it may be that the first job has little relevance to the type of tasks involved in healthcare BI, and we may be able to extend some flexibility to allow them to take part, depending on capacity. 

Before you enter, please discuss it with your line manager and secure their approval to take part: 

  • It would also be a good idea for your manager to check whether anyone else in your company plans to enter and agree how best to manage this so that everyone is clear, and to avoid disappointment. (There is a maximum of two places per member organisation, subject to availability. If two people from the same member organisation* enter, only the first applicant will initially be allocated a place (subject to availability at the time the application is received). The second person will be added to the waiting list in case another place becomes available once the deadline has passed. (*Member organisation = corporate member, affiliate member or corporate certified non-member of the BHBIA. If a company has multiple BHBIA memberships - i.e. a corporate member and one or more affiliates, each will be counted as a separate organisation)
  • Entrants' managers may want to discuss the best way to handle multiple applications in the event that only one place is available (e.g. they may wish to decide that priority is given to any entrant who is close to the 3 year limit and won't have another chance to take part in the future, even if they are not the first to submit their entry form). 

There is no specific preparation needed at this stage, however there may be some pre-work just before the event: 

We will contact you before the event with clear instructions on timings and anything you need to bring or do in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the event, any later applicants will be put on a waiting list. If any further spaces then become available the organisers will allocate these at their discretion, taking into consideration 1. When applications were received 2. Which companies already have someone on the list of confirmed entrants. When filling any spare places from the waiting list, the organisers may also take into consideration your length of time in BI - as ideally we would like to ensure that all those applicants who have close to 3 years' experience are able to take part, as they will not have another chance to win this award (the same would apply to someone who is close the 5 years total time in healthcare). Please note that there is a maximum of two places per company, subject to availability, but if two people from the same company enter, only the first applicant will initially be allocated a place (subject to availability at the time the application is received). The second person will be added to the waiting list in case another place becomes available after the deadline. Entrants' managers may want to discuss the best way to handle multiple applications in the event that only one place is available - e.g. they may wish to decide that priority is given to any entrant who is close to the 3 year / 5 year limits and won't have another chance to take part in the future, even if they are not the first to submit their entry form.
The range of tasks is carefully designed to ensure that this is not the case. Some of the exercises cover ground that may be slightly more familiar to those on the client side, but this is balanced by other tasks in areas that may be more familiar to agency people.
Yes. The exercises will be planned so that applicants in all types of BI roles will be able to take part. They will not rely on specific knowledge or experience, as we recognise that people's job roles vary greatly. In some cases you may have a choice of an analytics-focussed or MR-focussed version of the task. Everyone will find that some of the tasks play to their strengths and others are more challenging, and whilst different people find different elements harder, it tends to even out across the whole day.
Yes. The exercises will be planned so that applicants in all types of BI roles will be able to take part. They will not rely on specific knowledge or experience, as we recognise that people's job roles vary greatly. We have recently updated the exercises to make them more relevant for people in fieldwork companies and previous fieldwork entrants have been very positive about their experience of taking part. Everyone will find that some of the tasks play to their strengths and others are more challenging, and whilst different people find different elements harder, it tends to even out across the whole day.
Your role should impact on UK business. If there is a global element to the role this is okay, as long as it involves significant UK work.
Sorry, no. Someone in this situation is not eligible as they have 3.5 years BI experience. The 3-year rule applies to total time in business intelligence, whether or not this is in pharma/healthcare. Entrants must have no more than 3 years' total BI experience in any type of organisation (at 31st December).
Yes. As long as someone has no more than 3 years TOTAL BI experience (at 31st December) they can apply. It does not matter if their BI experience has been split up and therefore extends over a longer period. We also consider your total healthcare experience, which in this case is 4 years, so you are within the 5 year limit.
Yes it does. The BHBIA recognises fieldwork as an integral part of the market research process and as such it counts towards your total business intelligence experience. Indeed, we now regularly welcome Best Newcomer entrants who are currently working in fieldwork companies. So, if your total time in BI, including the time spent in fieldwork roles, is more than 3 years you won't be eligible (you may like to consider entering other categories instead!)
Sorry, no. You must be available on that date.
Sorry, no. You must still be working in a business intelligence role on the day of the competition.
Sorry, no. Candidates will only really benefit from taking part in this event once. We would encourage you to consider entering other BOBI award categories instead
Please notify us as soon as you possibly can, if you find you will not be able to make it. Should a space become available, due to an entrant dropping out, the organisers will allocate the space at their discretion to someone on the waiting list, taking into consideration 1. When applications were received 2. Which companies already have someone on the list of confirmed entrants. (The company whose entrant has dropped out does not have the automatic right to send a substitute – though this opportunity may be offered at the organisers' discretion, depending on what applications are already on the waiting list).
We will keep entrants fully informed of any preparation requirements in the run-up to the competition. There may be one short task to complete in advance.
The competition is based on individual exercises so you will only be presenting to the judges (one or two judges at a time) or completing tasks on your own. None of the other entrants will be aware of how you have performed in any of the tasks.
We strongly suggest that you don’t come with any expectations of getting any other work done. It will be an intense day and you will probably want to take advantage of the opportunity to relax over lunch and network with colleagues from across the industry.
Yes, the judges will record their comments and scores for each task and you will get detailed personal feedback to help with your development.
We won’t be revealing who the winner might be until the Awards night. However, we appreciate that it can be difficult for companies to prioritise who attends the Conference (and normally people have to attend at least one day of the Conference to come to the Awards). We have now introduced a new ticket type specially for those taking part in the Best Newcomer Awards: Entrants will have the option to purchase a ‘dinner only’ ticket (with or without accommodation). We hope that this will allow a majority of entrants to be there on the night, as well as maximising the chance of the winner being present to collect their award. Of course, it would be even better if you can convince your boss to let you attend the whole Conference!
Only the winner and close runners-up will be announced publicly. Beyond this, no rankings will be publicised.
Yes, please simply email the admin team: admin@bhbia.org.uk with your query and one of the team will get in touch. We welcome enquiries, as there may be some flexibility in borderline cases, depending on capacity.
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