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Bids Writer

Location: Newcastle

Salary: £20,000 - £25,000

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 166792

My client is a prestigious law firm that is looking for a Bids Writer, with the opportunity for the invidiual to progress into a team manager as the firm grows its Newcastle office.



Purpose of the Role:


To lead and co-ordinate transactional bid activity within the Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities (IMC) team. As a major global practice, the firm respond to a large number of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and have an impressive record which they are committed to sustaining and continually improving. It will be the responsibility of the Bids Writer to help ensure that the IMC practice maintains and excels upon its solid track record of delivering world class legal advice to clients.


The position reports into the IMC BD Manager in London and will also have a dotted reporting line to the Head of Transactional Bids. The Bids Writer will also work alongside the IMC BD Executive and other central BD functions such as the Transactional & Strategic Bids teams and the Brand and Design teams.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Reviewing, analysing and pre-qualifying submission requests

  • Scoping bids in conjunction with fee earners including challenging the status quo about approaches to bid responses

  • Contributing to documents by questioning others against the client objectives

  • Writing and developing content for tender responses which are bespoke to the submission request

  • Ensuring all documents are free from errors and professionally representative of our global brand

  • Drafting, editing and proofing quality submissions which improve our conversion ratio from submission to success

  • Providing technical support, ensuring the layout of the documents is correct and to a high standard including adapting presentation formats, and liaising with the brand and design team where appropriate

  • Liaising with key personnel and external clients to ensure a seamless approach to bid management

  • Setting and achieving tender deadlines by managing input from key stakeholders

  • Minimising the impact of change on the bid process by building in contingencies

  • Ensuring all stakeholders receive regular updates and feedback and advance notice of upcoming bid related activity

  • Keeping up to date with the firms prospects and competition to ensure responses are bespoke and deliver the firms strategy clearly

  • Working with the IMC team to prepare and produce bespoke credentials and other client development presentations

  • Developing and data banking precedent text for the IMC bids

  • Managing and updating IMC bids databases including the assumptions database, and the directories/awards library

  • Managing the production and updating of practice experience statements and credentials materials

  • Acting as an ambassador for bids best practice within the IMC team

  • Helping to conduct pitch debriefs for both pitch wins/losses

  • Tracking and reporting on bid outcomes

  • Collating and analysing internal and client feedback on the firms bid performance


 Skills and Experience Required

  • Experience of working in the bids function, or similar (preferably for a legal services firm)

  • Keen attention to detail including accurate writing, spelling and proof-reading skills

  • Excellent written communication and free text drafting skills

  • Well-developed persuading and influencing skills

  • Confident, assertive and resilient

  • Committed to operating within a team with an ability to develop a network of influential internal and external contacts

  • Ability to use a variety of styles to persuade or negotiate appropriately

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to work to deadlines

  • Excellent working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, Visio and Excel

  • A genuine interest in the Infrastructure, mining, commodities and agribusiness sectors



  • Shows technical ability

  • Organised and meets deadlines

  • Develops and maintains relationships

  • Delivers excellent service

  • Demonstrates leadership orientation


For a detailed discussion call Hamish on 0759 118 3767 or send your CV to hamishjohn@nrgplc.com