Senior Bid Writer

Location: Ipswich

To strengthen our Pre-Contract Proposals team, we are recruiting for a Senior Bid Writer. We are looking for someone who either comes from a construction background and has great writing skills, or has a journalistic background. Some understanding of construction and the environment would be beneficial, although not essential as our in-house team have the experience for the right candidate to grow and progress. This role is based in our Ipswich Head Office, with flexible home working to support a healthy work/life balance.

Key Responsibilities

Gathering, collating and managing quality information for business-critical bids and tenders
Compiling, writing and presenting quality information for tender submissions
Working with our pre-contracts planners and estimators to interpret methodologies for written submissions
Understanding our clients’ needs to exceed their expectations and win work
Visiting live project worksites to appreciate how the won work is being delivered on the ground
Reflecting a positive image for Jackson Civil Engineering across the wider market place
Researching and writing case studies, project profiles and similar documents to enhance our database
Reviewing results of previous tender submissions to learn lessons and continually improve
Co-ordinating any associated tasks such as presentations, tender interviews and awards submissions
Ensuring all work complies with quality, health, safety and environmental policies and procedures

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

We also place high importance on our inclusive recruitment policy and will do our very best to support those applicants who may need adjustments in order to take part in the recruitment process.

Please do let us know if you require any additional assistance on 01473 238300.

Skills Required

You will be working in a team that must meet tight deadlines for each tender submission. You will need to collaborate with head office planners and estimators as well as reach-out to our regions
Working as part of a tight team, you will need to manage your time efficiently, appreciate how other departments work, and learn how to get the best out of them during each tender
Exceptional writing skills, ideally in the construction or a related industry are key to this role. If you are selected for interview we will ask you to take part in a written exercise that will allow us to best assess the skills you are able to bring to this role
Working with our Communications Officer to create case studies that will enhance our bids. and developing ideas for how we should best use our evidence to demonstrate Jackson's competencies and experience to our clients, and bringing these back to the team for discussion
Learning lessons individually and for the business will be key to winning work and contributing to fresh ideas to appeal to valued clients, with bespoke training given to further develop and harness your skills. An awareness and understanding of wider aspects, such as social value, stakeholder management and environmental mitigation would be an advantage.

Benefits Package

Life assurance cover (4x annual salary)
Company pension scheme (we match up to 6%)
25 days holiday plus bank holidays (with an option of buying more holiday) as well as extra holiday for long service.
Employee Assistance Programme and Benefits platform
Cycle-to-work scheme
Free on-site parking and a bright, modern, open-plan office
Company social calendar
Regular fun days hosted in the office, and a broad range of charity events
A supportive business that genuinely wants to help you progress in your career
‘The Great Escape’ – leaving work early every Friday!


Please send us your CV and a covering letter

Due to the high volume of applications we receive it is not always possible to respond to unsuccessful applicants. Therefore if we have not responded to your application within two weeks please note that on this occasion your application has not been successful.