Bid managers/writers are responsible for preparing and writing the detailed commercial documents that companies have submit to win new contracts.
The Role
  • Analysing the tender document to understand the needs of the client
  • Planning bid preparation to ensure that deadlines are met
  • Liaising with other managers to agree bid details
  • Preparing case studies and other reference materials
  • Editing/rewriting previous tenders to reuse relevant material
  • Collating materials provided by various departments and ensuring a uniform tone across the overall document
  • Ensuring that the bid is accurate and delivered on time
  • Requiring technical and creative skills, this is a challenging but highly rewarding role
  • The working week will typically be standard office working hours, Monday-Friday, but there may be times where you have to work late, particularly in the run up to a bid submission
  • Newly trained bid managers/writers can earn in the region of £22,000-£30,000
  • Trained with experience bid managers can earn in the region of £40,000-£50,000
  • Senior bid managers can earn in the region of £50,000-£60,000
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
There are no formal academic qualifications necessary to get into bid management but most bid manager/writers will have been educated to degree or equivalent level. This could be in a construction or civil engineering related subject but that is not essential. Excellent writing skills are essential so companies may also look for candidates with qualifications in journalism or copywriting.