Job type

Bid writer

£20k - £55k

Typical salary

37 – 39

Hours per week

Bid writers prepare documents used to pitch for contracts to provide services, or to apply for project funding.

More info

  • This role is ideal for someone with excellent research, writing, IT, and checking skills
  • With experience you could progress to team leader, senior bid writer, or bids and proposals manager
  • You may often travel to site meetings


  • Finding out about possible business opportunities
  • Finding out about the industry or service you'll be writing the bid for
  • Talking and listening to clients
  • Gathering evidence to answer PQQ (Pre Qualification Questionnaire) questions
  • Collecting data for bids like financial records
  • Checking the rules the bid must follow
  • Working closely with planning teams
  • Presenting technical information in easy-to-understand ways
  • Designing, writing, editing and checking bid documents
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Saving material to a 'bid library' for future use and submitting bids


You could work at a client's business or in an office.

You'll need

Some employers will expect you to have a degree in a relevant subject such as English, business management or sales and marketing.

You could also study a subject relevant to an industry you want to specialise in, like IT, civil engineering or housing.

Alternatively, you can work towards this role by completing a bid and proposal coordinator advanced apprenticeship.

You could start as a trainee or junior bid writer. For this, you'll usually need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths and many employers will prefer you to have at least A levels.

You may also be able to work your way up through administrative jobs, especially in bid writing companies.

The Association of Bid & Proposal Management Professionals offers certification qualifications for people working in bid and proposal writing. The Institute of Sales Management also offers short courses like the Level 4 Award In Writing and Delivering a Sales Proposal and Level 5 Award in Bid and Tender Management for Account Managers.

A professional marketing qualification may help you find work.

If you're preparing bids for international funding, the ability to speak other languages can help.


With experience you could become a team leader, senior bid writer, or bids and proposals manager.

You could also transfer your skills to other kinds of technical writing or contract management.