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Bid writer

Bid writers prepare documents used to pitch for contracts to provide services, or to apply for project funding.

Potential salary

£25,000 to £70,000

Employment by 2024

+3.38%

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • administration skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • finding out about possible business opportunities
  • finding out about the industry or service you’ll be writing the bid for
  • talking and listening to clients
  • gathering evidence to answer Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) questions
  • collecting data for bids, like financial records
  • checking the rules the bid must follow
  • working closely with planning teams
  • presenting technical information in easy-to-understand ways
  • designing, writing, editing and checking bid documents
  • keeping accurate records and saving material to a 'bid library' for future use
  • submitting bids

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

You could become a team leader, senior bid writer, or bids and proposals manager.

You could also transfer your skills to other kinds of technical writing or contract management.

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