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Bid writer

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £25,000 to £70,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements but you’ll usually need A levels, especially English, and some employers will expect you to have a degree. Your degree may be in English but may also be a subject that you want to specialise in, like, IT, civil engineering or housing.

You could start as a trainee or junior bid writer. You’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (A* to C), including English and maths.

With experience, you could also work your way up from administrative jobs, especially in bid writing companies.

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. 

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent research, writing and checking skills, with close attention to detail
  • excellent IT skills
  • good time-management and organisation skills

3. What you'll do

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 

4. Salary

Starter: £25,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £50,000

Highly Experienced: £70,000 (manager)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work standard office hours Monday to Friday, although you may work longer to meet deadlines or visit clients.

You’ll often need to travel to site meetings, so you may need a driving licence and use of a vehicle.

You’ll be expected to dress professionally.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016