Depending on your industry and geography, you may not have the title Proposal Writer but will have similar responsibilities to those outlined below. Common job title variations include: Bid Writer; Proposal Editor; Document Writer; Proposal Author; or Bid Author.
Produce professionally written proposal content that clearly articulates the organisations value proposition. This is a networked role that requires an ability to work under pressure and to demanding deadlines.
Proven skills in producing and editing proposal content within a complex business environment. The proposal writer will be experienced in leading storyboarding sessions, participating in key review meetings / final document review, content sign off and document production. Experience of coordinating and updating a knowledgebase system is beneficial.
Lead storyboard sessions with bid / proposal team members and key stakeholders
Proactively develop and manage a network of subject matter experts
Assist the Bid / Proposal manager in developing a proposal structure
Identify and re-work existing pre-written content where relevant
Deliver completed written proposal responses to the Proposal Manager against agreed RFP deadlines, escalating issues as required
Re-write / edit proposal responses from a variety of stakeholders, typically involving contributions from sales, marketing, technical / product teams, finance, commercial, legal and delivery
Ability to coach sales teams and subject matter experts in writing best practice
Present all new proposal content to the knowledgebase manager for potential re-use
Proposal automation software (or similar) experience
Communicate and influence at a senior level
Strong time management / prioritisation skills
Strong written English language skills
Excellent attention to detail.
In a large corporate / multinational, the Proposal Writer will be part of a larger team that has defined roles and responsibilities. Typically, the role will report in to a Head of Bid / Proposal Management or a business unit lead such as Commercial / Marketing Manager.
In a small-medium sized enterprise, the Proposal Writer responsibilities will typically fall under the remit of the standalone Bid / Proposal Manager. Typically, the role will report in to a Sales / Marketing or Managing Director.
Degree educated (ideally English Literature) or journalistic / professional writing background.
Certified to APMP Foundation or Practitioner Level.
Advanced MS Word skills & proficient in MS Office.