Effective bid writing

I work with bid managers and subject matter experts to present clear, well-structured responses that help persuade evaluators that you deserve the contract. I work with SMEs to develop proposals or edit author’s drafts to present well-written responses that are clear and consistent. I help structure responses, address ‘hot buttons’, promote ‘win themes’ and communicate often-complex arguments in a logical and convincing way. My project management experience is invaluable in working with different people to get results — often under considerable time pressure. My design expertise is sometimes called upon to ensure a visually pleasing and effective document.

I have worked on the following bids:


Boeing Defence UK                                                                                  

Bid writer/editor in Boeing Defence UK's Business Capture Centre, on a range of MOD projects (up to £3.5bn) for defence training and helicopter support. Preparing writing style guides. (Jan – July 2017)

Alstom Transport                                                                                        

Bid writing on PQQ for major rail signalling contract for London Underground. (Apr/May 2016)

Manchester Airports Group                                                                            

Bid writing on ITT for £60m baggage-handling contract. (March 2016)  

National Physical Laboratory                                                                            

Bid writing on ITT for £5m p.a. facilities management of world-leading scientific research centre. (Sept 2015)

Blackburn with Darwen                                                                                      
Bid writing on PQQ for £200m p.a. property services management for local council. (Sept 2015)

Royal Navy Air Services (Babcock)                                                                   

Bid writing/editing on £40m ITT for RN FLEET operations. (Oct 2014)           

Road (Ferrovial Agroman)                                                                                   

Bid writing/editing on £745m ITT with the North East Roads Partnership for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route: 58 kms construction/improvement to carriageways. (Apr 2014)                                                                                                   

Rail (MTR (Europe))                                                                                  

Bid writer/editor working on major ITT for the £4bn Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise. (Oct – Dec 2013)


Rail (Alstom Transport)                                                                                                                                                                                 

Preparing ITT for £150m bid on electrification of Edinburgh/Glasgow railway, as part of a consortium with Babcock and Costain. (Jul – Aug 2013)

Environmental (GW Butler (Thornton Lowe))                                                                                                                        

Preparing ITT for waste management company; gathering data, editing, writing and uploading submission. (Jan 2013)

Babcock International Group                                                                      

Bid writer on various separate MOD contracts (from £850m to £1.5bn), working with a team of other writers, liaising with subject matter experts and project managers, to deliver persuasive and compliant bids. Also responsible for the development of a writing style guide for Babcock. (Jul ­– Dec 2012)

Construction (Mansell Construction Services)                               

Producing commercially effective submission documents: researching, writing and editing content; management of information databases; providing marketing communications and PR. Also responsible for developing and implementing design/presentation improvements to marketing material and submissions, as well as writing corporate brochure and other material. (Jan 2008 – Aug 2009)