Bid Designer/Writer

  • Full-time
  • Employment Type: Permanent - 52 Weeks
  • Contract Type.: Full Time
  • Salary: Up to £35,000

Company Description

Title: Bid Designer/ Writer

Location: Reading &/ Or Remote worker

Salary: £35,000 - Plus commission based bonus. 


  • 25 Days holiday Plus bank holidays
  • 3 volunteering days
  • 3 days grandparent leave
  • 24 week’s enhanced maternity leave
  • Bespoke training and development opportunities
  • Pension and life insurance
  • Discounts available on our HAPI app; high street shops, holidays & cinema
  • Wellbeing hub
  • Access to employee assistance programme
  • Free meals whilst at work
  • Career development opportunities
  • HIT Apprenticeships for all experience levels

Are you a creative genius with a flair for writing and an eye for design? Do you thrive on tight deadlines and juggling multiple projects? If so, our sales department needs YOU!

As our Bid Designer/Writer, you'll be the mastermind behind crafting irresistible, visually stunning bid proposals that wow potential clients. We're looking for someone who can combine creativity with strategic communication to make our bids shine.

We are seeking a skilled and experienced professional bid designer/writer to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of crafting compelling and strategic bid proposals that effectively highlight our strengths and value propositions. Your expertise will be crucial in ensuring our bids stand out and resonate with our target audience, significantly enhancing our chances of success. If you have a passion for delivering high-quality work and achieving outstanding results, we would love to hear from you.

Holroyd Howe is a renowned independent school catering company that prides itself on delivering exceptional food services. Our mission is to provide fresh, nutritious, and innovative meals that enhance the educational experience for students. With a strong commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing, we ensure that our ingredients are of the highest quality, supporting local farmers and producers. Our passionate and skilled team is dedicated to creating a vibrant dining environment that promotes healthy eating habits and fosters a sense of community within the school. Join Holroyd Howe and be part of a dynamic organisation that values excellence, creativity, and the well-being of our young customers.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled  Professional Bid Design/Writer to make a name for themselves and be a part of setting the new standard for education catering.

Job Description

  • Proposal Development: Create, write, and design high-quality bid proposals that align with client requirements and company standards.
  • Content Creation: Develop persuasive and informative content for bids, including, where applicable executive summaries, case studies, and tailored responses to proposals, tenders and PPQ’s/SQ’s.
  • Visual Design: Utilise design software to produce visually appealing and professional proposal documents, incorporating graphics, charts, maps and images.
  • Presentations: Aid in the presentation process using PowerPoint and creating printed collateral.
  • Collaboration: Working closely with the sales, design and marketing department, and other stakeholders to gather necessary information and ensure proposal accuracy and coherence.
  • Flexible approach: Offering wider support when required to the sales, design and marketing teams.
  • Quality Assurance: Review and edit proposal content to ensure clarity, consistency, and adherence to consultant/client specifications.
  • Project Management: Manage multiple bid projects simultaneously, ensuring timely submission and compliance with all deadlines and requirements.
  • Continuous Improvement: Seek feedback on submitted bids and continuously refine and improve proposal strategies and processes.
  • Efficiencies: Create standardised templates for generic material to ensure consistency across all bids. Research and implement software that will streamline the bid writing/design process. Completing a tender matrix and documenting where to find content for future use.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Marketing, Sales, Communications, Graphic Design, English, History or a related field.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Knowledge of using AI is advantageous.
  • Strong graphic design skills with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).
  • Excellent organisational and project management abilities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels.
  • High attention to detail and a commitment to producing high-quality work under tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with industry trends and best practices in bid writing and design.

Additional Information

Holroyd Howe is one of the UK’s leading contract caterers, providing fresh innovative food services solely to independent schools and colleges. We are a team of experienced professionals who tailor our catering service provision specifically to suit children of all ages in order to meet the bespoke requirements of each school.

To provide our teams with the right skills to succeed in their jobs, we invest in their training and development. Our exceptional teams of seasoned specialists customise our catering services to fit children of all ages and satisfy the unique needs of our clients.

We pride ourselves on:


Sustainability is at the heart of our thinking; always mindful of the ethics of our sourcing and how we prepare our meals.


We take nutrition seriously and understand the impact a healthy diet has on the fundamental years of development. Meals are always freshly prepared from scratch and packed with nutritious ingredients.

Food Innovation

We offer a wide portfolio of training opportunities and experiences, which attracts chefs who are passionate about culinary excellence and menu innovation to our team.

From tasting tables, theme days and food theatre, to chef demonstrations and supplier showcases, we create engaging and fun dining experiences for our students. We work together to make mealtimes exploratory, quirky, and fun for our pupils, helping them build strong and healthy relationships with food.

“Holroyd Howe is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all employees to share this commitment. All roles within Holroyd Howe are regarded as regulated activity and therefore we require an Enhanced DBS which includes a Barred List Check for all successful applicants. We will also require shortlisted applicants to provide appropriate information regarding their criminal offences.”

This appointment is offered on the return of satisfactory professional references.


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