2 days/week at home

A little flex time – We’re happy to talk flexible working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace. We offer a range of options depending on your role, so please discuss this with your recruiter.

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Job Description

Mott MacDonald

We’re a global engineering, management, and development consultancy.
Our purpose is to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, relentlessly focusing on excellence and digital innovation, transforming our clients’ businesses, our communities and employee opportunities.

A fundamental part of this is respecting each person’s differences and striving to meet their needs.

We are proud to be a one of Glassdoor’s top employers to work for in the UK, as well as being recognised as a Top Inclusive Company in the UK.

Our values: Progress, Respect, Integrity, Drive, Excellence.

About the business unit

We help conceive, drive, and implement transport solutions for cities, regions, and asset owners/operators around the globe. From preparing the business case and​ advising on related issues - such as revenue, procurement, and environmental legislation - to delivering the completed infrastructure and helping maintain it. Our planning, engineering, environmental and management skills cover the whole project cycle. We play a major role in developing and delivering the Global Transport Sector Strategy.

Overview of role

The Mott MacDonald Rail Division is growing strongly and in order to achieve its growth potential, we are seeking a Bid Writer to work alongside the Bid Manger and wider team. The role will suit a candidate who has a passion for bidding. We need someone who can communicate effectively, follow high-level strategy conversations with technical teams and be comfortable assisting the rest of our team in managing a timely bid process. The Bid Writer will be an integral part of the WIN team.

You will need to be flexible in taking on different tasks every day and not be phased by last minute changes and tight deadlines. You will take ownership for crafting submissions to selection questionnaires and tenders. They will ensure solutions are communicated in a compelling and consistent voice and will be accountable for articulating quality submissions so they reflect a knowledge of the client drivers, objectives and needs.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely and flexibly with the bid manager to develop and/or advise on the production of tailored solutions in reply to tender invitations
  • Analyse each bid to identify and share good practice across the business
  • Knowledge of our processes, and assisting bid team to follow them
  • Working with our technical experts to translate technical language into clear, concise and compelling submissions
  • Developing CVs
  • Providing input to kick off sessions where win themes and bid strategies are developed
  • Leading storyboarding sessions
  • Proof-reading and formatting
  • Contributing to lessons learned sessions and assisting with the capture of feedback post bid
  • Maintaining our ‘Win Site’ library.

Candidate specification

The ideal candidate will have an exceptional eye for detail, be extremely organised and have very good written English skills. The ideal contact will have previous rail experience.


  • An experienced bid writer within a rail sector, with experience in bid creation and their translation through excellent written English into winning proposals
  • Demonstrable record of success in formulating and delivering winning bids
  • Confidence to work with senior specialists and a large bid team
  • Highest level of attention to detail
  • Exemplar writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to participate in crucial meetings as well as providing appropriate challenge
  • Flexible attitude to undertake a wide range of tasks
  • Ability to function effectively in a small team with personal tasks and collective goals
  • Good level of IT literacy
  • Experience of bid writing and management and response processes such as Shipley/APMP

Preferable (not essential):

  • Degree level qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of InDesign is desirable

Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We put equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our business, seeking to promote fair employment procedures and practices to ensure equal opportunities for all. We encourage individual expression in our workplace and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.


We want you to perform your best at every stage in the recruitment process. If you are disabled or need any support to enable you to apply or attend an interview, please contact us at reasonable.adjustments@mottmac.com and we will talk to you about how we can support you.

Agile working

Happy to talk Flexible Working and how we can support your responsibilities beyond the workplace.

We offer some fantastic benefits including:

Health and wellbeing

  • Private medical insurance for all UK colleagues.
  • Health cash plan to support you with every day health costs and treatments.
  • Access to Peppy, providing free support from menopause experts for all UK colleagues.
  • A variety of wellbeing support is available through our comprehensive wellbeing program, including access for you and your family.
  • Ability to flex your salary to opt into a wide range of health benefits, many of which can be extended to your family too.

Financial wellbeing

  • We match employee pension contributions between 4.5% and 7%.
  • Life assurance equal up to 4 x your basic salary, with an option to increase the level of cover to 6 x your salary.
  • Our income protection scheme provides a financial benefit, as well as absence and return to work support due to long-term illness or injury.
  • Flexible benefits, including increased life assurance cover, critical illness insurance, payroll saving and will writing.
  • As an independently owned business we share the financial success of the business with all our colleagues in various ways including annual bonus schemes.


  • A minimum of 33-35 days holiday each year, inclusive of public holidays and dependent on level, with the ability to buy or sell leave through our flexible benefits programme.
  • Holiday entitlement increased to a minimum of 35 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Variety of employee saving schemes and discounts from high-street retailers.

Enhanced family and carers leave

  • Enhanced family leave policies, including 26 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave, and two weeks paid paternity/partner leave.
  • Our shared parental leave matches maternity leave meaning we pay up to 24 weeks at full pay.
  • Up to five additional days leave are provided for those with significant caring responsibilities, two of which are paid.

Learning and development

  • Primary annual professional institution subscription.
  • A broad range of opportunities to enhance both technical and soft skills through mentoring, formal training, and self-development options.

Networks, communities, and social outcomes

  • Join a wide range of groups including our Advanced Employee Networks which support our LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disability, and parents/carers communities.
  • Make a difference within our communities through our social outcomes.

Apply now, or for more information about our application process, click here.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Adoption leave – 26 weeks full pay
Open to part time work for some roles
Buddy scheme
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Dental coverage
Compassionate leave
Health assessment
Eye Care Support – Eyecare vouchers
Private GP service – Private Medical care for all UK staff
Season ticket loan
Theme park discounts
Religious celebration leave
Buy or sell annual leave
Accrued annual leave
Caregiver Leave
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks
Enhanced paternity leave – 2 weeks
Shared parental leave – We match up to 24 weeks full pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Tax-free childcare
In office yoga classes
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Life assurance
Annual pay rises
Pension match/increase
Life insurance
Annual bonus
Income protection
Employee discounts
Professional subscriptions – We pay for your primary professional annual subscription
Lunch and learns
Employee assistance programme
L&D budget
Teambuilding days
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More information needed
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Work-life balance
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Role modelling
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Working at Mott MacDonald

Company employees

18,000 worldwide

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

UK Wide; London, Croydon, Birmingham, Derby, Altrincham, Manchester, Whitehaven, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Durham, Bristol, Southampton, Reading, Cambridge, Peterborough, Brighton, Norwich, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Cardiff, Newport, Exeter, Leicester, Leeds, Skipton, York

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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