Bid writer

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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
  • an apprenticeship
  • 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
  • sales and marketing

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), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role by completing a bid and proposal co-ordinator advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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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 people working in bid and proposal writing.

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 can join the Association of Bid Proposal Management Professionals and 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 think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • administration skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In a typical day you may:

  • find out about possible business opportunities
  • find out about the industry or service you’ll be writing the bid for
  • talk and listen to clients
  • gather evidence to answer Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) questions
  • collect data for bids, like financial records
  • check the rules the bid must follow
  • work closely with planning teams
  • present technical information in easy-to-understand ways
  • design, write, edit and check bid documents
  • keep accurate records and save material to a 'bid library' for future use
  • submit bids

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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.

Current opportunities

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