Careers at Thornton & Lowe

Thornton & Lowe is continually looking for new bid professionals for our own team, as well as for our Bid Resource, our specialist bid recruitment agency. We operate our bid writing consultancy division from our two permanent offices in Bolton & Fife.

We are always open to receiving CV's from Bid Writer/Managers who are looking to further develop their skills and career within Bid Management.

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Bid Writer

Thornton & Lowe are a leading national Bid Management Consultancy enjoying continued growth and success. We now have an exciting opportunity for experienced Bid Writers to assist in the future growth of the business. You will be required to provide a broad range of bid writing support from initial kick-off to final submission and feedback for Thornton & Lowe’s clients and team. You will join a strong existing team working closely with the Group Bid Manager, Senior Bid Writer, Bid Writers and Associates.

Predominantly office based in our Bolton Head Office, you will also be required to work flexibly to meet operational requirements including attending networking, training, client meetings, team meetings and other events, as required.

The job role includes the following key responsibilities and duties:

  • Drafting, reviewing and writing creative and persuasive tender content.
  • Building effective working relationships and communicating with clients, their teams and internal customers.
  • Supporting the development of bid strategy including storyboarding, identifying USPs and win themes.
  • Completing bid planning documents including bid summaries, project plans, gap analysis and other documents.
  • Researching and summarising markets, competitors and other bid related topics. Ensuring compliance with all internal and external bid requirements including Thornton & Lowe House Style. Reviewing and improving client collateral; providing feedback and advising clients on how to maximise their chances of bid success.
  • Submitting and uploading PQQs, tenders and other supporting information. Monitoring daily tender opportunities and portal notifications. Maintaining and updating the Tender Library and corporate filing systems.
  • Providing bid administration support and maintaining accurate records.

Person Specification:

Ideally, you will be educated to NVQ Level 4, HND, Degree qualified or equivalent.

  • Have at least between 1 – 5 years’ experience of bid writing within a similar business to business or sales environment.
  • Have an understanding of procurement and the bid writing process. Be able to think creatively and use your initiative.
  • Possesses excellent communication, English Language and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to project manage, to work under pressure and deliver documents of an exceptionally high standard, while working towards challenging deadlines.
  • Ability to develop rapport and build close working relationships with stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member.


We are searching for a driven, enthusiastic Apprentice to join our team. The Apprentice's responsibilities include learning and developing practical skills, participating in classes and workshops on and offsite, observing all health and safety codes, completing tests and assignments, as well as delivering presentations to staff and other stakeholders. You should be well-organised, flexible, and willing to assist wherever possible.

To be successful as an Apprentice, you must have great time management skills and be willing to fit into the existing staff structure. Outstanding Apprentices are those who respond well to criticism, build good relationships with colleagues, and ultimately make a lasting impression.

Marketing Apprentice

We are searching for a Marketing Assistant to support customer focussed marketing activities that drive the demand for a product or service through awareness raising and/or perception building to generate results to the bottom line.

As part of the Marketing team the Marketing Assistant will contribute to the implementation of the Marketing strategy and plans. They will be responsible for delivering day-to-day marketing activities across a multitude of platforms, channels and systems that are essential to the Marketing function and activities of the company. They will support the business with marketing, through email campaigns, data monitoring and reporting, and graphic design work, and interact with colleagues from the bid team, operations and finance, as well as with clients/customers and suppliers such as printers, digital agencies etc.

The apprentice would assist with coordinating and delivering specific marketing activities which could include, but are not limited to, marketing content creation, background market and customer research, monitoring campaign analytic and collecting data, using relevant marketing software/systems, maintaining marketing administration activities such as managing the supply of marketing literature, tracking marketing expenditure, supporting the procurement of, and overseeing the delivery of work by external and internal marketing suppliers.

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  • 40 Higher Bridge Street Bolton BL1 2HA
  • 6 Lady Wynd Cupar, Fife Scotland KY15 4DE
  • The Jewellery Business Centre 95 Spencer Street Birmingham B18 6DA

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