Bid writer

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

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter

to

£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become a Bid writer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies

University

Some employers will expect you to have a degree. Relevant subjects include:

  • English
  • business management
  • marketing & sales

You could also study a subject relevant to an industry you want to specialise in, like IT, civil engineering or housing.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and a science
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Work

You could start as a trainee or junior bid writer. You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths. Many employers will prefer you to have at least A levels.

You may also be able to work your way up through administrative jobs, especially in bid writing companies.

Other routes

The Association of Bid & Proposal Management Professionals offers certification qualifications for those working in a bid and proposal environment.

Institute of Sales Management also offers short courses like the Level 4 Award In Writing and Delivering a Sales Proposal and Level 5 Award in Bid and Tender Management for Account Managers.

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Career tips

A professional marketing qualification may help you find work.

If you're preparing bids for international funding, the ability to speak other languages can help.

Professional and industry bodies

You may find it useful to join organisations like the Association of Bid & Proposal Management Professionals or the Institute of Sales Management for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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 read English
  • administration skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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 PQQ (Pre Qualification Questionnaire) 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

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to team leader, senior bid writer, or bids and proposals manager. 

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

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Bid writer right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

LV 4 CIM CERTIFICATE IN PROFESSIONAL MARKETING - DIGITAL MARKETING (Evening)

  • Provider: Basingstoke College of Technology
  • Start date: 20 March 2019
  • Location: HAMPSHIRE

CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing: Marketing Module

  • Provider: Chichester College Group
  • Start date: 11 September 2019
  • Location: Chichester

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