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Bid Writer

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About Costain and your project.

Transportation Consultancy Services

Costain helping to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

In recent years, Costain has transformed as a business, offering integrated end-to-end solutions from consultancy, project delivery, asset optimisation and technology integration to a focused UK client base. As part of this transformation, Costain’s consultancy services has seen rapid growth, with our Highways and Rail sector coming together to deliver transportation consultancy services for both new and existing clients.

In 2018, the transportation consultancy team is focused on continuing the growth of our services with clients as well as developing our own people through the delivery of tailored solutions to meet the needs of our clients. To support the ambitions of the team, transportation consultancy has a great opportunity for a motivated individual with excellent written communication skills to join a rapidly growing, dynamic and innovative team to lead the development of consultancy bids and proposals.

What will I be doing?

The proposals analyst will be an instrumental member of the transportation consultancy team, with your key responsibility focused on preparing and submitting high quality bid proposals and tender responses that enable Costain to retain and expand our client base. You will develop and maintain excellent knowledge of the business and build relationships with the Business Development and Operational teams in order to research, design, write and submit detailed responses for consultancy services relevant to our client base which includes TfL, Highways England, Network Rail, Department for Transport, local authorities, and procurement frameworks.


Work Winning

  • Lead bid author on all call-offs from existing consultancy frameworks including:
  • Highways England, Specialist Professional and Technical Services (SPaTS) Framework
  • Crown Commercial Services, Management Consultancy Services Framework – Infrastructure Lot
  • Lead the development of proactive proposals to provide clients with solutions to their challenges which are identified by the business development team
  • Work closely with the central work winning team to secure major consultancy frameworks
  • Work with all current operational delivery consultants to produce high quality proposals to clients
  • Engage with the business to identify solutions and personnel to put forward to clients
  • Key role in all consultancy tender kick-off meetings
  • Lead the development of capability insights
  • Develop internal CVs into consultancy focused profiles for customer secondments
  • Document and manage all proposal and bid work both during and after completion of submissions.


This role  will require you to be able to travel  1-2 days a week to offices located in London, Maidenhead and Manchester.



About you



Key Skills:

  • Proven ability to prepare proposals
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • A keen interest in bid writing/authoring in order to meet client needs
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word with an eye for detail
  • Able to communicate clearly to a broad range of stakeholders including business development managers, sector directors and external strategic partners
  • Can present information in a clear and concise manner
  • Able to listen effectively and identify key messages
  • Responds positively to changes in requirements
  • Able to work efficiently to short deadlines
  • Confident in managing multiple deadlines
  • Motivated to improve and further develop proposal processes


Education:       Degree level qualification

Experience:     bid authoring and/or proposal experience. 

Key Skills:       Must be able to demonstrate the key skills outlined in the section above.