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Proposal Writer

Proposal Writer

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Our client is an innovative, dynamic, and progressive company on a mission to develop the world’s most advanced maritime technology solutions for novel and complex problems. As they continue to grow, we are seeking a seasoned Proposal Writer with a passion for technology to support bid development processes.



As a Proposal Writer, you will play a crucial role in securing new business opportunities within the defence market. You will be responsible for the development of high-quality, compelling proposals that meet client requirements and align with strategic goals. This position requires an understanding of the global defence market, excellent communication skills, technical writing expertise and the ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams.



  • Bid Development: Lead the bid development process from inception to submission, working closely with technical and business development teams to create winning proposals.
  • Market Research: Stay abreast of industry trends, competitor activities, and government policies to inform bid strategies and positioning.
  • Proposal Writing: Produce well-written, technically accurate, and compelling proposals that clearly articulate the value proposition and address client needs.
  • Bid Management: Oversee the entire bid lifecycle, including coordinating internal resources, managing timelines, and ensuring compliance with submission requirements.
  • Risk Assessment: Identify potential risks associated with bids and work with relevant teams to develop mitigation strategies.
  • Quality Assurance: Conduct thorough reviews of proposals to ensure accuracy, completeness, and compliance with client specifications.
  • Post-Bid Analysis: Evaluate the outcomes of bids, identifying areas for improvement, and contributing to lessons learned for continuous enhancement of the bid process.



  • Proven experience in bid writing and bid management, preferably within the defence sector.
  • An understanding of the defence market, procurement processes, and relevant industry standards.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to convey complex technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple bids concurrently.
  • Collaborative mindset with the ability to work effectively across departments and with external partners.
  • Familiarity with relevant regulations and compliance requirements in the defence industry.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., Business, Engineering, or a related discipline).


Note: Due to the nature of work undertaken, the selected candidate must be capable of meeting the security requirements of the position, which would include as a minimum Existing right to live and work in the UK, Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), with Security Check likely for specific projects.*



  • Teamwork, mutual respect and collaboration
  • Initiative and independent working
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Business and commercial awareness
  • Agility, adaptability and continuous development



  • Private Healthcare with optional family cover
  • Life Assurance (4 x salary)
  • Critical Illness Cover
  • Unlimited Paid Holiday
  • Ongoing professional development and training
  • Pension contribution
  • Flexible Working
  • A culture of diversity and innovative thinking
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Job Location
Portsmouth (UK)
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