Bids & Proposals Writer

Home based (monthly travel to base in Bristol/South Wales)

F/T permanent

£55,000 - £65,000pa


We are currently recruiting for a Bid Writer who has worked in high value and/or high risk defence or aerospace settings to join an established small but multi-national organsiation. Reporting to the Future Capability Lead (BD Director) and based home, Bristol or South Wales, the post holder will be responsible for assembling and managing a successful bid team and take ownership of the end to end process.


Key responsibilities will include but not be limited to:


  • Managing an opportunity from initial identification of a customer requirement through to contract renewal strategy.
  • Be significantly involved pre-RFP, driving the Capture Phase and ensuring all resources are aligned to the client’s requirements long before the Bid and Pursuit Phase gets underway.
  • Remaining involved through the presentation and negotiation stages, ensuring all lessons learned are fed back and implemented.
  • Coordinate the implementation of all necessary bid procedures, governance, and processes.
  • Manage virtual bid teams and inputs from key stakeholders, typically engaging with BD, marketing, product teams, finance, commercial, legal and project management / delivery.
  • Work with the Capture leads across Engineering/Project Management functions to develop a clear win strategy for each bid and ensure win themes are clear and compelling.
  • Contributing to the written proposal - both in terms of content and presentation (such as providing guidance around the executive summary).



Qualifications & Experience:


  • This is a highly networked role that requires an ability to work under pressure and to challenging deadlines.  
  • It requires strong people management and commercial skills.
  • The post-holder will be fully conversant with the UK Defence competitive marketplace and will have practical experience winning work through competitive bidding into UK Government departments.
  • Practical experience applying the Shipley Proposal Process to winning work
  • Comfortable working within an agile and fast paced team
  • It is desirable but not essential that the postholder has APMP Foundation or Practitioner and/or Prince2 Foundation of Practitioner level project management certification, or similar.



This is a superb opportunity for an experience individual looking for a role based from home or to work on a hybrid basis for a growing defence organisation specialising in providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services.


For more information or to apply please contact Rachel Barron on 07392 597 223 or email


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