Senior Bid Writer

Posting Date: 04 January 2020

Location: Bristol, Bristol, GB, BS16 1EJ

Company: Babcock

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Senior Bid Writer
REF: SF28646


About the role


Here at Babcock International we’re in search of a Senior Bid Writer to join our team working on vast, complex Aviation bids ranging from £200M to in excess of £1B. Babcock’s UK Military Air bid team is a newly formed function within the fastest growing sector of Babcock International Group. It’s tasked with being the exemplar for bidding best practice, wining business in efficient and effective ways. With principal customers being the RAF, the Royal Navy, and the Army, its goal is to be the most successful bid team operating in the UK Defence Industry.


As the Senior Bid Writer you will provide expert writing support to bids through Preparation, PQQ and Competition stages. You will work closely with the Bid Directors, Bid Managers, Technical Managers and SMEs to develop compelling proposals and effect plans to respond to deliverables.


You will lead storyboard sessions with the bid / proposals team and deliver completed written responses to agreed RFP deadlines, escalating issues as required. Using your experience you’ll re-write / edit proposal responses from a variety of stakeholders, typically involving contributions from sales, marketing, technical / product teams, finance, commercial, legal and delivery.


The Senior Bid Writer will understand and apply proposal writing best practice and will be passionate about contemporary proposal writing excellence.


As well as working on some of the most high-profile projects in the UK we also offer a supportive work environment where innovation is at the heart of what we do.


Although this role is within Aviation we welcome application from all backgrounds.


What do I need to do the role?


You’ll need to have proven skills in producing and editing proposal content within a complex business environment, or experience writing sales or marketing copy with the ability to think on your feet, deliver to tight deadlines and work to your own initiative.

Would also like you to have experience in all or some of these areas:


  • Experience in leading storyboarding sessions, participating in key review meetings / final document review.
  • Proposal automation software (or similar) experience.


Lastly, you’ll need to be able to deploy good communication skills as you’ll work closely with the client and our internal and external stakeholders.


What else do I need to know?


  • Some UK travel may be expected in supporting sites. 
  • The role will be based in Bristol or Portsmouth.
  • The successful candidate must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role and will also need to complete a medical assessment


About Babcock International


For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.


We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme.  You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.


Application Guidance


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If you experience difficulties please visit our website.  Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.

We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. 

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and we will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.


Armed Forces Covenant


We are proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please visit our website.



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