Bid Writer

Posted 3 days ago by Centerprise International

Location:
Basingstoke, Hampshire

Please note: Due to the requirements of this role, the successful candidate must be able to meet the Government standards to hold Security Clearance.Travel may be necessary to attend client meetings, conferences, or industry events as needed. As such a full, valid driving licence is a requirement for this role. 

Role Description

The bid function at Centerprise plays a central role in supporting the sales divisions to identify and win opportunities within the public and private sector customer base. Centerprise holds significant presence on Public Sector Frameworks and the bid team work closely with the dedicated account managers to develop new business with both new and existing customers.

The Bid Writer plays a pivotal role within the organisation, responsible for crafting compelling and persuasive proposals to secure new business opportunities. This position demands excellent writing skills, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines. The Bid Writer collaborates closely with various teams to gather information and develop winning bid responses that align with the company's strategic objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

Proposal Development:

  • Research and understand client requirements, objectives, and evaluation criteria.
  • Draft clear, concise, and tailored bid responses that address client needs and demonstrate the company's capabilities.
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts, technical teams, and other stakeholders to gather relevant information for proposals.
  • Ensure compliance with bid requirements, including formatting, word count, and submission deadlines.

Content Creation:

  • Write compelling content, including executive summaries, technical responses, case studies, and pricing documents.
  • Adapt writing style and tone to resonate with diverse audiences, including public sector clients, corporate entities, and third-party partners.
  • Develop templates, boilerplate content, and reusable materials to streamline the bid writing process and maintain consistency across proposals.

Quality Assurance:

  • Conduct thorough reviews and edits of draft proposals to ensure accuracy, consistency, and alignment with company messaging and branding guidelines.
  • Verify data, statistics, and references to maintain credibility and professionalism in bid submissions.
  • Implement feedback from internal stakeholders and incorporate lessons learned from previous bids to continuously improve proposal quality.

Bid Management:

  • Assist the Bid Manager to coordinate bid kick-off meetings and milestone reviews to initiate and track proposal development progress.
  • Maintain bid documentation, version control, and submission records in a centralised repository.
  • Collaborate with bid managers, sales teams, and senior leadership to prioritise bid opportunities and allocate resources effectively.

Market Analysis:

  • Stay abreast of industry trends, competitor activities, and emerging technologies to inform bid strategies and differentiate the company's offerings.
  • Conduct win/loss analyses and post-bid debriefs to identify areas for improvement and refine bid tactics for future opportunities.

Experience and Skills

Essential

  • Previous experience in bid writing, proposal management, or business development roles, with a track record of successful bid wins.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with CRM systems.
  • The successful candidate must meet the government requirements to obtain Security Clearance for this role. 

Desirable

  • Bachelor's degree in English, Business, Marketing, or a related field.
  • Relevant certifications such as APMP Foundation or Shipley Proposal Development may be advantageous.
  • Proven experience in bid writing, proposal development, or technical writing, preferably within the technology or public sector industry.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • Strong research and analytical skills to gather and synthesise information from diverse sources.
  • Excellent project management abilities, including multitasking, prioritisation, and time management.
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to producing high-quality, error-free work under tight deadlines.
  • A collaborative mindset with the ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Awareness of governance
  • Good knowledge of ISO accreditations
  • Experience working within UK Public Sector procurement.
  • Experience in authoring winning proposals within strict deadlines

Employee Benefits

25 days holiday entitlement rising to 28 days after 5 plus years’ service
Holiday Purchase Scheme
2 days for personal wellbeing
Company supported CSR Volunteer Day
Pension – including option to join Salary Sacrifice/Exchange for Pension scheme (SXP)
Electrical Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme
Death in Service – x4 basic salary
Private Medical Insurance available, partially subsidised by Ci
SAGE- Employee Benefits Membership
Corporate gym membership available, partially subsidised by Ci
Salary Sacrifice charity donation scheme
Ci Christmas Savings Club
Ci Lottery
Out of town offices with free parking
Hybrid working arrangement – Mon & Fri optional WFH days

Type:
Permanent
Start Date:
ASAP
Contract Length:
N/A
Job Reference:
BID2024
Job ID:
221495224

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