Proposal Writer

Grant Thornton 1/17/2020 8:27:47 AM
JOB ID: 045809 Specialty:
Arlington, Virginia




Grant Thornton is a collaborative, entrepreneurial firm on the move! As part of a dynamic, global organization of more than 47,000 people serving clients in more than 130 countries, we have the agility and focus it takes to be a leader

As part of the marketing organization, writers work on a team of strategic proposal professionals within theStudio. TheStudio is a national center of excellence for proposal management where strategy, innovation and creativity are driven into all proposals, RFP responses and presentations associated with pursuits. The proposal writer is responsible for developing winning proposals through strategic messaging, ensuring we’re articulating the best story and value to clients in compelling and differentiated ways and strong project management. TheStudio team supports proposal opportunities that arise across the country.

Are you a match?

You are endlessly curious – Don’t know something? You Google it. Meet someone in a completely foreign profession? You ask questions until you know every aspect of what it’s like. Your ultimate research topic? Developing skills to live to your fullest potential.

You are extremely resourceful – You believe answers are just lying in wait and so you look under every proverbial rock.

You adore crafting a great story and you speak human – You see how facts and figures can come together to be compelling and persuasive. You strongly dislike the word “utilize” and love it when you get to write in a more conversational style.

You think two minds are better than one – while you take pride and ownership of your work, you love it when collaborating improves the end result.

You catch the details – You aren’t one of those people who sees one question in an email, but misses the other two. You check your list. In fact, you check it twice.

You are “all over it” – You self-start. Even if you can’t do something right away, you’ll email the person to let them know you’ll be on it very soon. You know how to lead the horse to water and you kill it with stellar communication and a well-thought out plan.

Word is your friend – You know all the ins and outs and lovingly work around every glitch.

You are an adrenaline junkie – Pressure? That only makes you focus better.

Here’s how we work with proposal writers

We are a team of strategic proposal writers who work with our internal stakeholders on a high volume of proposal requests. Typically, our national proposal center of excellence—theStudio—handles 2,400+ proposals a year and we leverage our proposal software to focus our teams on compelling messaging and manage the process from start to finish.

Our proposal writers develop winning proposals (commercial across all industries/governmental RFPs and non-RFPs for audit, tax and advisory services) start to finish in collaboration with SMEs. We assign each proposal to one proposal writer who works independently, but with support from four full-time designers and four content specialists. These design and content specialists are shared across theStudio, not dedicated to one pursuit. We offer ongoing training opportunities and extensive resources, including a proposal content library, a proposal automation tool, and numerous templates/style guides.

Proposal writer responsibilities include:

Proposal Strategy and Writing – With limited supervision or guidance, help pursuit teams identify winning strategies by understanding the buyer’s needs, challenging the status quo and creating proposals that are customized and tailored to the decision maker.

Proposal Management – Own project management by creating timelines/responsibility assignments and driving continuous communication. Identify and remove barriers of progress, escalating issues as needed to theStudio Leader.

Collaboration – Help facilitate a high level of collaboration between multiple stakeholders. When needed, work directly with theStudio’s content leader and national industry marketing leaders to help refine content strategy/messaging to best position the firm to win.

Innovation and Creativity – Develop innovative and creative proposal presentations (digital presentations/videos/interactive PPs and PDFs) to increase our likelihood of winning proposals.

Communication – Participate and play an active role in regular meetings to share best practices, information, problem solving, etc., with other team members. The proposal writer is expected to be a generator of best-in-class proposals and best practices that can serve as a model for other members of the team.

Tracking – Comply and use CRM database to track all proposal information required to develop weekly, monthly and quarterly reports. Ensure data is accurate and updated real-time.

Training and sharing best practices. Serve as a training resource and brand ambassador sharing approaches and learnings from pursuits. Actively share best practices.



Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, English, journalism or related field preferred

3+ years of proposal experience preferred (professional services ideal)

Ability to manage the entire proposal process start to finish

Advanced skill with Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

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Requisition ID: 045809

Arlington, VA
Arlington, Virginia