Bechtel Corporation Proposals - Technical Writer in London, United Kingdom

Requisition ID: 201033

Senior Technical Author Infrastructure Proposals Team

Bechtel is one of the world’s largest, oldest, and most successful engineering and construction firms. The company has more than 55,000 employees working in offices and on projects throughout the world.

The Proposals Department is part of Bechtel’s Business Development Group. We prepare, print, and deliver materials that win jobs, demonstrating the company’s experience, financial strength, technical and management expertise, and suitability for a given project while differentiating the company from our competitors.

We are looking for a Senior Writer / Editor / Corporate Journalist to support the proposals team in producing brochures, presentations, proposals, and related marketing and business-development materials.

The employment arrangement for this appointment will take into account the preferences of the successful applicant (e.g. a contractor / employment agency arrangement or a permanent salaried employee)

The successful candidate:

You will be a skilled communications professional, a team player and a quick study, with a full range of editorial skills:

  • A degree in relevant discipline (English, journalism, corporate communications, e.g.)

  • Highest level of writing, editing, proofreading ability in UK and US English

  • High-level ability in MS Word; good ability in Excel. Some ability in InDesign would be a plus

  • Quick and sure grasp of technical information

  • Ability to make technical, commercial, and any/all information understandable to varied readerships

  • Demonstrated interviewing experience

  • Work as part of a team and independently

  • Understand document production process and players, and the role of the writer-editor within it

  • Work under pressure with firm deadlines and shifting priorities.The role comprises all editorial skills necessary for document generation and production to final submittal/printing, from rewriting/repurposing to editing to formatting and developing new material. With minimal supervision, you will be expected to research, outline, organize, write, edit, format, review, correct, and/or finalize documents that include proposals, marcoms, and technical reports.You will work alongside our Subject Matter Experts, writing compliant and compelling proposal content, based on their expertise, under the guidance of the proposal and project managers.You will be responsible for arranging and conducting interviews, in person and over the phone with technical advisors and bringing this information together into a sales-oriented bid document.You will be a self-starter, able to work in fast-paced environment, able to cope with conflicting deadlines, frequent interruptions, multiple tasks, and shifting priorities. You are also meticulous, detail oriented, conscientious, and organised.You will have seasoned interpersonal skills to support team working including taking the lead, if needed, for the delivery (planning, compilation and production) of a section of a proposal.Specific skills and tasks:

  • Reviews document requirements (including budget and schedule) with internal customers. Oversees coordination of document formatting, graphic design, reprographics, and any additional editorial support.

  • Confidently work with subject matter experts to ensure the precision and clarity of our proposal submissions (editing, checking, re-writing).

  • Compile and logically organize content to be included in documents

  • Assist in the final preparation for print of documents, ensuring that the material meets the client/requestor requirements, is structured and formatted logically, and that issues, inconsistencies, and other problems are resolved

  • Readiness to lead preparation of an entire section/volume of a proposal including reviewing other sections/volumes of the proposal to ensure compatability of information among the various sections/volumes. Writing section/volume summaries, introductions, and specific material. Resolving comments on the section and finalizing all work submitted by the various section authors prior to submittal to the Proposal Manager for final incorporation into the overall proposal.

  • Accept individual responsibility and accountability.

  • Aside from proposal submissions may be required to edit or write documents and other print and electronic deliverables.

  • Performs special tasks as directed by supervisor.

  • Conducts necessary research to support document production or communications project.

  • Responsible for overall safety requirements as identified by proposal/department team.Education and qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in English, journalism, communications, or other relevant field. Experience in megaproject engineering/design/construction industry would be a plus.

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant and progressively responsible editorial experience (marketing and/or technical writing and editing)

  • Proficient in the Microsoft Suite, including Word, Outlook, and Excel

  • Hands-on familiarity with Adobe InDesign would be an advantage.What you bring

  • Confident and in-depth working knowledge of grammatical rules, spelling, composition, and style, including distinctions between US and UK English.

  • Ability to perform substantive edits and write original text.

  • Ability to understand or quickly gain understanding of technical terminology related to major rail, airport, infrastructure, ports/harbours, and other company projects and segments.

  • Ability to interpret information from subject matter experts to edit/rewrite/write documents.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and be comfortable communicating at all levels with management and colleagues.

  • Commitment and readiness to meet deadlines recognising that this may mean periods of having to work longer hours. To apply

CVs must be accompanied by a cover letter demonstrating in some detail how your past experience qualifies you for this position. Both the CV and the cover letter will be assessed as samples of writing ability. CVs without a cover letter will not be considered.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.