Proposal Manager

Most companies claim to have the best people. We say to them, "Keep dreaming." Our people are second to none. They set us apart with their entrepreneurial spirit, ambition and an unhealthy obsession with Halloween. (Have you seen the pictures?) They come to us from the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks and the sports world, bringing energy, bold ideas and a willingness to dive into the unfamiliar. It's our people that make BDA one of <strong>Seattle's 100 Best Companies to Work</strong> for.

Woodinville, Washington, United States


BDA is more than a workplace - it&rsquo;s a family. For more than three decades we&rsquo;ve promoted a vibrant and welcoming culture that not only accepts but demands you to be different. The quirky, the bold, the creative and the unique make up the foundation of a company that the most iconic brands in the world look to help tell their story through the power of merchandise.

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Full Time

Overview: <p><strong><em>BDA: The Overview</em></strong></p> <p>Behind that new Orangetheory Fitness shirt you&rsquo;re coveting, the latest Kraken memorabilia, the Mariners bobblehead you&rsquo;re eyeing, or the seasonal Starbucks Barista Bear, there&rsquo;s a team of designers, logistics experts, purchasing specialists, account managers, licensing professionals, and hundreds of other people that made those ideas a reality. BDA is that team.</p> <p>BDA is in the business of marketing and merchandise is our medium. Since 1984, our organization has worked with some of the world&rsquo;s biggest brands, including Mercedes-Benz, GE, Bank of America, Chick-fil-A, Nintendo, FedEx, Boeing, Unilever, Coca-Cola, and MGM to distinguish their companies among the competition. We let people see, touch, feel, own, and interact with a brand in a way no other marketing method permits.</p> <p>Our people are second to none. They set us apart with their entrepreneurial spirit, ambition, and an unhealthy obsession with Halloween. (Have you seen the pictures?) They come to us from the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and the sports world, bringing energy, bold ideas, and a willingness to dive into the unfamiliar. It's our people that make BDA a place you'll want to stay.</p> <p>We take great pride in our company culture&mdash;one that inspires teamwork, fun, and excellence across our organization. We&rsquo;re energetic people who love what we do&mdash;churning out more than 50 million products each year for the world&rsquo;s most admired brands in a fun, fast-paced environment that rewards high achievement.</p> <p><strong><em>Our Team</em></strong></p> <p>BDA&rsquo;s New Business Development team helps drive the company&rsquo;s growth; we respond to Request for Proposals, client renewals, and develop presentations to highlight the organization's capabilities and expertise. In short, we bring in new business and help retain existing accounts &ndash; and we happen to be the coolest team at BDA (if we do say so ourselves).</p>
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Responsible for ensuring the submission of proposals that are compliant with RFP instructions and requirements.</li> <ul> <li>Must work within online proposal management systems frequently (Ariba, SAP, Workday, etc.)</li> </ul> <li>Manage the proposal-writing process from receipt of Request for Proposals (RFPs) (i.e. solicitations) through submission</li> <li>Draft and edit Request for Proposal (RFP) responses; prepare written materials for editing and approval by supervisor and other team/company leadership</li> <ul> <li>Proactively manage all Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) contributing to the proposal effort</li> </ul> <li>Responsible for gaining necessary approvals and communicating in organized and concise manner</li> <li>Ability to review comprehensive RFP documents and develop project management tools for assigning deliverables and tracking through completion</li> <li>Collect, create, or edit assets for new business projects, proposals, and presentations (PPT, agendas, implementation schedules, etc.) using Microsoft Office software, including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Teams &amp; PowerPoint</li> <li>Creative ideation and brainstorming with supervisor and/or team for presentation themes, messaging, gifting, etc.</li> <li>Meet client driven and interdepartmental deadlines through excellent organization skills and prioritization</li> <li>Other duties as assigned&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>Relevant Skills/Experience&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Proposal and/or grant writing</li> <li>Business Development, RFP, or Marketing experience, heavy in copywriting and proposal management</li> <li>Undergrad degree in English, Journalism, Business, or Communications or writing-heavy degrees</li> <li>Experience in fast-paced environments as a trusted autonomous and resourceful self-starter</li> </ul> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Experience Requirements</strong></p> <ul> <li>2+ years of proposal or long-form business writing experience</li> <li>Persuasive and strong writing skills required &ndash; samples of previous writing required</li> <li>Proven ability to manage tight deadlines and multiple projects at once</li> <li>Strong project management and organization skills</li> <li>High degree of competency using Microsoft Office programs, specifically: Word, Excel, Teams, PPT</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Job Skills &amp; Traits</strong></p> <ul> <li>Detail oriented, extremely organized, good interpersonal skills for internal relationship-building</li> <li>Ability to write in the tone and style of NBD; ability to unify writing styles to create cohesive proposals</li> <li>Proactively seek information/guidance from internal subject matter experts and translate information into persuasive business writing</li> <li>Demonstrate critical thinking skills and sound judgment</li> <li>Ability to prioritize work for meeting deadlines</li> <li>Ability and willingness to understand departments of BDA and navigate the organization to gather necessary information to accurately respond to RFIs and RFPs</li> <li>Ability to research and analyze the marketplace and/or accounts to find competitive information that can be included in strategic account documents</li> <li>Ability and enthusiasm for ideation and brainstorming</li> <li>Maintain positivity and can-do attitude during busy periods with heavy workloads</li> </ul>