A bid writer is a technical communicator whose job is to prepare and produce bid requests.
A bachelor's degree qualifies prospective bid writers for most entry-level jobs. Many employers, however, favour graduates of English and journalism over those of other subjects. In addition to a degree, prospective bid writers should possess specialised knowledge of a company's products and services. For those who are expected to write for international audiences, foreign language skills are an essential requirement.
While many bid writers work for bid solutions companies, there are also opportunities for bid writers to become employed directly by companies. In large companies, in-house bid writers tend to be part of a larger team of bid writers and are required to report to bid management staff. In small companies, bid writers tend to work alone and are required to report to the managing directors of the companies for which they work. The number of bid writer employment openings is expected to increase in the coming years and many of these vacancies are set to be handled by specialist technical writer recruitment agencies.
In-house bid writers may earn annual salaries of between £25,000 and £30,000. Self-employed bid writers can earn considerably more than this.