Specialist bid recruitment agency

  • Permanent Bid Professionals
  • Interim Bid Writers
  • Interim Bid Managers
  • Freelance Bid Professionals

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We strongly believe our role is to provide a flexible solution to your bid resourcing needs. Not simply to 'place' a candidate.

Bid Recruitment with a wealth of experience

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.”

Some of the roles we have recruited for:

Bid Managers

Bid Writers

Bid Directors

Global Bid Specialists

Bid Writers/authors

Graphic Designers

Content Writers

Knowledge Base Writers

Proposal Managers

Proposal Writers

Document Managers

Bid Co-ordinators

Bid Administrators

Pitch Managers

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.

We have recently launched our Tender Pipeline Software. Get FREE Tender updates, announcements and competitor information straight to your email. 

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.

Talk to us about your bid recruitment today

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.

" We recently utilised the Bid Resource Division of Thornton and Lowe in order to recruit two additional team members for our Bids and Tenders team.

They were successful in sourcing excellent candidates for both Bid Writer and Bid Manager roles.

We were extremely happy with the standard of candidates introduced to us and the service we received.

Consequently, we would have no hesitation in recommending Thornton and Lowe to any companies looking for any assistance with their recruitment of Bids,Tenders and Proposals Specialists. "

Nico Prinsloo Commercial Sales Director - CH&Co Group

" We would recommend Thornton & Lowe as a specialist bid recruiter having recently worked with them on a bid writer vacancy. We appreciated the professionalism, pragmatism and honesty clearly demonstrated and most importantly we recruited a very good candidate from a small talent pool. "

Zeena Ozturk, Centry Services

" We utilised the Bid Resource Division of Thornton and Lowe on two occasions recently, we were looking to recruit additional Technical Bid Writers to join our expanding Technical and Corporate Services team

The resource team at Thornton and Lowe fully understood our requirements and were able to source some excellent candidates for the roles.

Both successful candidates are now making a positive contribution to the team and we would have no hesitation in recommending Thornton and Lowe to any companies looking to recruit Bids,Tenders and Proposals Specialists. "

Pamela Lilley, Human Resources Manager, Walker Construction

" I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Thornton & Lowe for their recent help in finding a suitable placement for our senior bid writer position. Both Mark and Chris have invaluable knowledge of the bid writing world and took the time to understand our exact needs and company culture. As such, they found us the right person who is perfectly suited to the role, but more importantly to the team and the company.

Thank you! "

Charlotte LeComber, Bid Manager, Crown Partnership

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