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Bid and Proposals Writer

Reports to: Commercial Director

Salary: To be agreed

Hours: 9.00am to 6:00pm (flexible hours if agreed).

Main duties:

ThinkInnovate are looking for a Bid and Proposals Writer to join their team. The scope of this role is to write and manage the development of bids and proposals andlead on grant funding applications and the development of funding opportunities for clients.

Main tasks include;

  • Primary task is to write full bid applications for multiple projects to gain grant funding from government funding agencies, primarily the Technology Strategy Board but also EU, Horizon 20:20, ERDF, NESTA and Research Councils etc, helping clients get funding for innovative products or technologies across a broad spectrum of sectors and industries but with particular focus on the creative/digital technologies industries.

  • To write proposals for commercial projects relating to project management, Market Need investigations and Technology Development for Innovation projects.

  • Prepare proposals for Angel and VC investors

  • Research on specific industry sectors, upcoming technology innovation, market developments and other pertinent information using this to ensure that requirements for proposals and bids are met.

  • Liaising with clients and gaining familiarity with the clients’ technology and products to ensure they are well conveyed in the bid/proposal, capturing the client’s requirements and project specification.

  • Undertake all preparation of the tender documents including proactive research, sourcing pertinent information.

  • Source and monitor all upcoming funding competitions/deadlines, become familiar with the workings of relevant funding and financing organisations.

There may be other duties required within your job role.

Person specification:


As a priority – Excellent creative and technical writing and/or journalistic skills

Commercially orientated

Attention to detail

Highly organised and efficient


Ability to act as a first point of contact for ThinkInnovate and other projects that are organised by & affiliated to the company

Ability to present written information clearly & logically

Ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders

Ability to use initiative and work efficiently

Ability to prioritise work appropriately and juggle busy workload

Good IT skills

Ideal Experience

  • Writing experience either in a commercial, PR, Journalistic, copy writing or publishing environment (academic writing skills will be considered)

  • Ability to convey information about highly complicated technologies in a clear and commercial way

  • Experience of bid coordination/technical writing with a successful track record

  • Ability to understand all aspects of planning R&D projects from costing, work plan, proposal writing, project lifecycle and reporting

  • Experience in new product development & product planning and management within an R&D or product development environment.

  • Demonstrable technical project management experience or capability, preparing Gantt charts, risk management etc

  • Financial awareness and experience of project costing

  • Technical knowledge/background – i.e. someone who understands and is passionate about the new technologies/innovation involved in the bids that they are working on

  • Self motivated and driven individual prepared to go the extra mile to get the job done

  • Someone flexible enough to carry out any other duties that arise with this role, and adaptable enough to pick up new software/systems and processes if necessary

  • Experience of very fast moving environment

  • Familiar with online cloud based office management systems eg. Basecamp, Team Gantt, Harvest, Google drive, Drop Box etc.

  • Computer literate and particularly proficient with Microsoft Office suite


Enjoy working in environments where you will be encouraged to use your own initiative

Hard working and proactive


Able to work under pressure and to deadlines



Friendly and positive

Able to pick things up quickly

Applications – please send C.V. and cover letter via