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Bid Manager/Writer

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 and 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.

Next Steps


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