Why use a specialist bid recruitment agency


When recruiting a Bid Manager or selecting a Bid Writer, we believe our understanding of our client’s bid-specific recruitment requirements really sets us apart. The need for quality candidates when increasing Bid Writing and Bid Management capacity has been key to the success of our bid and tenders recruitment company. Fully operational since 2016, this branch of the Thornton & Lowe Group has gone from strength to strength, receiving praise for our professionalism, service levels and understanding of our clients' requirements.


The Bid Resource Division has recently grown to meet increasing demand from companies looking for support with their bid recruitment process. Whether finding high-quality permanent Bid Writer candidates for new and repeat clients or sourcing suitable specialists from our talent pool of skilled bid professionals for freelance bid management roles, the Bid Resource team has continued to grow and evolve; signalling exciting possibilities for the future.


Led by Resource Manager Mark Mayall, who has over 20 years’ experience in recruitment, the team take the time to fully understand the requirements of both new and repeat clients, ensuring that only candidates with the necessary specialist knowledge and skills are sourced. The Bid Resource Division has access to a unique talent pool of experienced bid experts, looking for both temporary and permanent bid roles in the public and private sectors. These range from Bid Writers, Bid Managers and Bid Directors through to Bid Coordinators, Technical Writers and Graphic Designers.


“I am really excited about the continued success of our Bid Resource Division,” explains Bid Resource Manager, Mark Mayall. “Our clients have come to realise that because we are actively involved in producing successful bids and tenders ourselves, we are uniquely placed to help recruit bid specialists on their behalf.”


Recruitment of permanent bid professionals  


When recruiting for such a vital role, such as a permanent Bid Director, Bid Manager or Bid Writer, it is essential that you work with a specialist tender agency who knows the market inside and out. The recruitment of these permanent bid roles is an increasingly difficult job for many HR teams due to its specialist nature, which is why many choose to outsource the recruitment of their bid staff to the Thornton & Lowe Bid Resource division.  


Interim Bid Writers


We have been providing outsourced bid writing since 2009. During this time, we have worked across hundreds of different business sectors, supporting our clients to write tenders and win contracts. As a result, we have developed a bank of freelance bid writers, which we supply via our bid specialist recruitment team. This interim bid writing support allows our clients to increase bid capacity at peak times while bringing in new experience and skills to their team.


As a bid writing consultancy, we appreciate how different sectors may have different demands and expectations on their temporary bid writers. Facilities Management, for example, may expect their Bid Writer to be familiar with a higher volume of bids compared to a Bid Writer who has largely supported complex infrastructure bids. We use our knowledge to provide the best candidates for our clients.


Interim Bid Managers


As with Bid Writers, we find that the role of a Bid Manager does vary across both sector and organisation. Within professional services and consultancy, for example, the role can include marketing which is often a very different requirement to a nuclear-specific interim Bid Manager.


A temporary Bid Manager or a freelance Bid Consultant will often be required to cover essential leave, to support a ‘must win’ larger tender, or required several times each year to support peaks in opportunities due to budget cycles.    


With our growing database of freelance bid professionals, we are able to provide our clients with the best available solution to their requirement for interim bid support.



Some of the roles we have recruited for:

  • Bid Managers
  • Bid Writers
  • Bid Directors
  • Global Bid Specialists
  • Bid Writers/Authors
  • Graphic Designers
  • Subject Matter Experts
  • Content Writers
  • Knowledge Base Writers

  • Bid Editors
  • Proposal Managers
  • Proposal Writers
  • Document Manager
  • Capture Managers
  • Bid Co-ordinators
  • Bid Administrators
  • Pitch Managers

If you are looking to recruit a temporary or permanent bid professional please call 01204 238046 or email recruitment@thorntonandlowe.com and one of our team will be in contact.

The recruitment division is part of the Thornton & Lowe family of businesses and is supported by its in-house directly employed bid support and training team. They provide a full bid management solution to largely small and medium businesses and the NHS. They also provide remote bid writing support, bid coordination and bid reviews for larger construction and civil engineering projects.

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