Proposal Writer - 4 month FTCConnected Places Catapult

London, England, United Kingdom 12-06-2023


Location: London

Band: 3.3

Salary: Full time - £65,610 - £71,350 - Dependant on experience

Reporting to: Head of Bids

Working hours: Full time

Contract type/duration: Fixed Term – 4 months from start date

Connected Places Catapult is the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and places. We provide impartial innovation related services for public bodies, businesses, and infrastructure providers to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel. We connect businesses and public sector leaders to innovative research to spark innovation and grow new markets. We run technology demonstrators and SME accelerators to scale fresh solutions that drive growth, spread prosperity, and eliminate carbon.

Role purpose

The Proposal Writer will be an essential contributor to an ongoing and leadership supported work stream to create written sales assets for our business’s core propositions. The successful candidate will work closely with the Product Development Director, Ecosystem Directors, the Marketing team, and other colleagues as appropriate, in finalising this targeted piece of work within a contractually agreed timeframe.

The main focus of the role will be to shape technical content into clear, concise and client ready writing in line with the company’s brand, position and process.

Key activities

You will:

  • Simplify complexity by turning technical bullet points into meaningful, jargon-less sentences that are captivating and easy to read.
  • Re-write selected case studies that are relevant for each component of the value propositions in a factual and focused language that showcases our strengths and experience.
  • Work closely with Marketing to draft marketing, sales and pitch material that grabs the attention and sparks the curiosity of potential future clients.


We are looking for someone that has:

  • A love of writing and a flair for communicating complex ideas
  • Proven success in writing effective, concise and compelling content for various stakeholder and audiences
  • A degree level qualification in an appropriate subject
  • Experience of competitive bidding in a commercial, and / or R&D environment from a minimum of five years in a bid writing / bid management environment
  • A collaborative approach with the ability to support team members with the necessary skills and confidence to write and produce materials themselves
  • Excellent communication skills and confidence in challenging and dealing with senior stakeholders
  • Close attention to detail, including forensic proofreading skills
  • An ability to work independently to tight deadlines in a high pressure environment
  • Exceptional time management and ability to meet inflexible deadlines
  • A genuine interest in sustainability and making an impact


Holiday entitlement – 25 days holiday entitlement for everyone (pro-rata if part time) plus a shutdown at Christmas (approx 3 extra days off)

Pension Scheme – We offer a competitive pension plan, helping you save for your future

Volunteering – Whether you’re looking to clean up a beach, are a school governor or charity trustee, want to support a local charitable event or use your skills and experience as part of a mentoring scheme for SMEs we are here to support you with two paid days of volunteering leave per year (pro-rata if part time)

Payroll Giving – Our Payroll Giving Scheme with GiveAll, is a flexible option which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to give back to their charity of choice on a regular basis from your pre-tax income – helping your money go further to those who need it the most

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – Provided by Health Assured, our EAP offers 24/7 confidential work/life support services to you and your immediate family members

Cycle to Work Scheme – We love to cycle and as well as bike racks and showers at our two office locations, you can spread the cost of a new bike over a 12 or 18 month period, through payroll deductions

Cash Health Plan – We’ve teamed up with Westfield to offer you a range of generous health and wellbeing cash plans. This benefit allows you to be reimbursed for a wide range of both essential and everyday healthcare expense

Tech Loans – As an innovative, early adopter and future thinker, you’ll want the latest gadgets, so you have the option of buying any IT equipment and repaying it through payroll deductions

Discounts and Offers – To provide you with a range of offers from a wide variety of retailers

Keeping all our colleagues safe is our first priority, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are back in our offices and all staff will have a working week both in the office and days at home as part of our Hybrid working model.

Employment here is based solely upon individual merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. We strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, colour, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law. We also make all reasonable accommodations to meet our obligations under laws protecting the rights of the disabled.


Applications are now closed