Senior Bid Writer

Location: Rowfant

About Colas Ltd

Colas Ltd are a UK subsidiary of the global Colas Group, which operates in over 50 countries worldwide and employs over 55,000 people. We are specialists in highways construction and have been involved in large scale UK and international construction projects within the highways, airfields and marine sectors as well as offering highways maintenance services and manufacturing our own innovative surfacing products. We hold a ‘Gold Investor in People’ award for continuously developing and rewarding our employees, offering excellent career potential.

We currently have an opportunity available within our contracting area of the business for a talented Bid Writer to join us in a senior position. Our contracting team is leading within the highways industry providing full project management from design and concept through to construction and maintenance. We work on high profile projects within the infrastructure industry such as airfields, highways, marine and traffic management.

About the Role

In this role you will be a key member of the bidding team and be responsible for producing well-structured responses to client requirements and agreed company solutions. This role is ideal for an individual who is passionate about writing and conducting thorough research as the role will involve developing detailed written solutions using Word, Publisher and Adobe InDesign.

You will be working closely with project teams and professionals within the bidding team including attending bid solutions meetings and maintaining and developing a bid library of quality written submissions templates.

Using your expertise in professional writing, you will have the opportunity to contribute ideas towards the continuous improvement and development of the department’s processes.

You will be working as part of an experienced team, responsible for mentoring team members and have the opportunity to continuously learn and develop in your professional writing career including the chance to work towards professional qualifications.  

As well as a highly competitive salary, Colas are also offering some great benefits with this role, which include:

  • Competitive pension contribution scheme
  • A company car allowance or a company car with a fuel card
  • 25 days annual leave per annum + the option to buy or sell up to 5 days annual leave
  • Opportunity to study towards a professional qualification
  • Ongoing training, and personal professional development
  • Discounts on car leasing, holidays, cinema tickets, restaurants and much more through our online employee benefits portal

About you

You will be a driven and talented writer with experience working in a professional capacity in a Bid Writer position who is experienced either in mentoring others or looking for a step up into a senior role. Ideally, you’ll have a demonstrable record of developing successful bids within the Highways Term Maintenance Contract (TMC) sector. You will have a keen eye for attention to detail and be able to demonstrate your ability to write to a professional standard with a technical subject matter. Your enthusiasm for detailed research and the creativity to write engaging content will lead to success in this role.

The location for the role can be flexible but you should be able to work form either our office in Birmingham or Rowfant, Crawley when required.

You will also:

  • Have a strong academic record of accomplishment and level of general education, particularly with English Language and Literature.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant subject such as English, Marketing, Journalism or a sector relevant subject (i.e. civil engineering or construction) - this would be an advantage.
  • Be able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines by managing your own workload effectively.
  • Have a knack for using and picking up software and familiar with the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Be skilled in researching and interpreting the subject matter for each bid in order to extract the relevant you will need to create proposal submissions and solutions.
  • Have experience of writing prequalification and tender submission documents or similar in a previous role.
  • Have previous experience working in the construction industry, although this is desirable, it is not essential.

Colas is fully committed to promoting equality and diversity and maintaining a culture of fairness, transparency and respect for all employees, clients, communities, suppliers, contractors and other stakeholders. Colas aims to be inclusive, meet diverse needs and promote awareness and ownership in the workplace and the communities in which we serve.

Colas values the strength and differences that a diverse workforce brings to the organisation and believes that by harnessing these differences, we will foster a productive environment where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic, where talents are being fully utilised and organisational goals are met.

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