What is a bid writer?

Bid writers are professionals who help clients to prepare tenders (or bids) for contracts to provide goods or services. They also sometimes help charities to bid for funding.

The job involves working with clients to gather information about their business or how they would deliver the contract. You will then use that information to answer a series of questions.

Tenders vary in length – from just a few sides to hundreds of pages. You therefore need to really enjoy writing – a lot! Most tenders need to be submitted by a set deadline. You can therefore expect to work to a plan with milestones and deadlines.

In return, writers can expect to work with subject matter experts, and learn about a wide range of different topics and industries.

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Working for us

Most of our writers are permanent employees and salaried. Those who join us can expect a programme of comprehensive training that combines classroom-based learning, with practical exercises and research.

A period of mentoring and coaching for 6 – 9 months by one of our senior writers then follows, helping to develop advanced writing competencies, and other softer skills.

Our offices are in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, although writers can also expect to spend time working on our clients’ premises.

We offer a competitive salary, performance-related bonus, flexible working (subject to the needs of the business), an occupational pension scheme, training and development days, and reduced membership fees of a local gym through our corporate affiliation.

What do we look for in a bid writer?

Our writers generally have a degree and have studied a wide range of subjects, including English, law, business, ancient history, and modern languages.

We are not necessarily interested in the degree subject, rather the skills that are directly transferrable into the workplace. They include an ability to:

  • Assimilate information of a new subject quickly
  • Interpret different types of data
  • Present an argument on a page
  • Write clearly and succinctly

Attention to detail is also very important.
Softer skills and competencies include:

  • Connects quickly with people, building positive relationships
  • Is verbally communicative
  • Takes responsibility for own work
  • Is inquisitive and tenacious
  • Works well under pressure
  • Has good time-management
  • Has an ability to plan
  • Is open to new ideas
  • Is an excellent team player

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What’s the recruitment process like?

We have incredibly high standards as we want the best. You can, therefore, expect the recruitment process to be testing. Not only will you need to demonstrate you have an ability to write, but you will need to stand out as the type of person we are looking for.

Recruitment follows 4 stages. Applicants need to pass each stage to progress to the next one.

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Stage 1

A covering letter and CV setting out educational attainment, previous writing experience, personal and professional references, and motivation for the role. Applicants need to confirm their right to work in the UK without conditions.

Stage 2

An initial screening interview by telephone or Skype call to assess whether there is a good match, explore a little more your interest in the role and to give you an opportunity to find out more.

Stage 3

A timed written exercise to test ability to assimilate information quickly, standards of writing, judgement, and presentation of information on a page.

Stage 4

A face to face interview with one of our senior writers to discuss the role further, test how you would respond to particular situations and to confirm you really are the person we are looking for.

Job offers are conditional on personal and professional references and vetting.

Internship programme

We also offer a paid internship programme operated in partnership with the University of Oxford and University College London. Interns can expect to work for us for 2 – 3 months before entering their final year of undergraduate study and will have exposure to a full range of bid writer responsibilities. They will benefit from training in core skills and have opportunities to work on clients’ bids alongside a senior writer.

Applications for the programme need to be made via the universities’ careers offices.

If you are interested in becoming a bid writer, or want to know more,
give Sam Nimmo a call on 01491 902021 or email enquiries@kittleassociates.com