Grants and Bid Writer

  • full_time
  • Germany


Salary: £25k – £35k per annum, depending on skills, knowledge and experience.

Location: Remote first, with travel as required. Flexible working arrangements, with all UK based locations considered. Our flexible office collaboration spaces, for those wishing to use them, are in London and Exeter, with a future potential to emerge in Edinburgh, Bristol and Cardiff.
Term: Permanent. 40 hours per week (Flexible hours available via request).
Closing date for Applications: Tuesday 21st November at 09:00

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applicants that (now or in the future) require sponsorship for an employment visa. Any application requiring a visa (without clear clarification) will be rejected.
We are also only accepting direct applications – no recruiters please.


City Science is an independent firm of consultants, data scientist and software developers. We build products to help engineers deliver the future. Founded out of the need to respond to climate change, we are committed to advancing our customers’ understanding of the systems they operate, helping them reduce waste, improve efficiency and support a better world.

We have developed award-winning software solutions to serve the energy, buildings and transport markets and delivered prize-winning consultancy commissions at the forefront of Net Zero delivery and technology. Our portfolio of projects has grown extensively over the last five years and includes direct engagements from the public and private sectors based on our key specialisms in decarbonisation strategies, energy modelling, heat modelling, data management, data analytics, software development, and innovation.


City Science develops a range of high-quality content including bespoke customer propositions, proposals for innovation projects, market-leading research as well as collateral and marketing across the business. We’re seeking a talented Grants and Bid Writer to join our team, to support these deliverables, particularly writing high-quality proposals to pursue research, development and innovation opportunities. This is a remote-first role with the opportunity to work at one of our hubs located in various UK locations.

As a Grants and Bid Writer at City Science, you will play a crucial role in our business development efforts by creating compelling and persuasive proposals for our clients, including grant applications. You will work closely with our Consultancy, Software Development, Sales and Project Management teams to understand client needs and develop winning tender responses.

This role offers considerable growth and development opportunities and will be shaped for the right candidate. Therefore, it is an ideal role for a career professional or exceptional graduate with outstanding writing, editing, communication and formatting skills, with a desire to develop their wider business acumen.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading development, review and submission of high-quality successful proposals, predominantly for research, development and innovation projects, but also some public and private sector tender opportunities and frameworks.
  • Submitting at least 1 grant or tender opportunity per week.
  • Identifying, tracking and researching new innovations relevant to decarbonisation and our technology products that can support our R&D portfolio.
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams, including sales, project management, and subject matter experts, during tender completion stages to gather and incorporate information and technical insights.
  • Writing, formatting, proofreading and editing high-quality tender documents, to ensure the highest and accurate standard of outputs, that effectively communicate our value proposition and address client requirements.
  • Researching and understanding client needs and requirements to tailor proposals accordingly.
  • Ensuring compliance with grant application / tender guidelines and deadlines, completing required company information, and ensuring sufficient time for quality reviews and approvals, prior to submission.
  • Pro-actively monitoring tender portals and our bidding inbox (including maintaining passwords, filters and accounts).
  • Managing ITTs/RfQs/PINs from portal, via GoNoGo, through to submission, ensuring clear win themes are identified and applied successfully.
  • Coordinating with stakeholders, sub-consultants and partners to gather necessary external documentation and information to pro-actively support proposal development.
  • Strategically developing and improving processes (e.g. certifications, associations, GoNoGo’s, social value, CVs, reviews, styles, lessons learnt sessions).
  • Contributing to development of case studies, based on previous company project work.
  • Additionally, contributing to development of high-quality value-added insight and marketing content including blogs, product collateral, news stories, product updates and White Papers – for external publication.


You are an exceptional communicator with a real talent for tailoring written content to the needs of specific audiences. You take pride in your work, applying the same commitment to exceptional quality across a wide range of subject-matter, tones and audiences. You are exceptionally well-organised and understand what it takes to deliver written outputs that are compelling, persuasive and yet enjoyable-to-read.
Desirable: You’re able to demonstrable experience in writing winning grants or tenders to secure new R&D or business and understand how to pro-actively develop relationships that lead to success. You’ll be passionate about decarbonisation, transportation, energy, innovation and technology.

To be successful in this role, you should have:

  • The ability to evidence strong business writing.
  • A relevant degree (either demonstrating writing quality or knowledge in a scientific/innovative field).
  • Exceptional written English with impeccable grammar and understanding of audience, with the ability to craft compelling narratives and clearly articulate complex ideas.
  • Knowledge of the structure and detail necessary to articulate a business plan, new innovation or new R&D concept.
  • Good research and analytical skills, enabling you to gather relevant information and insights to support proposal development.
  • Understanding of project budgeting, business administration and project management.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for technical business writing.
  • Strong attention to detail, ensuring accuracy and consistency in all written materials.
  • An ability to clearly communicate complex tasks with flair, with a compelling narrative that demonstrates differentiation.
  • Experience in reviewing and editing documents for accuracy and completeness.
  • Ability to work independently systematically prioritising, planning and managing multiple deliverables simultaneously, to targets and deadlines.
  • An ability to collaborate with subject matter experts to gather relevant information and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Strong autonomous problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to work within a target-driven start-up environment.


  • Keen interest in contributing to science, technology, innovation and decarbonisation sectors.
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of innovative business concepts, start-ups and emerging technologies.
  • Experience in writing and coordinating tenders and business proposals, with a track record of successfully winning bids.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews.
  • Experience analysing and interpreting complex technical requirements documents.
  • Knowledge and experience of public sector procurement processes.
  • An understanding of marketing and branding principles, such as experience in social media / blog content.

Person Requirements:

  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • An ongoing commitment to quality.
  • Self-disciplined and pro-active approach.
  • Highly organised.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.


We are building a team who are motivated by collaboration with the desire to solve problems for our customers. We want people to own their field of responsibility, take decisions, be proactive and have pride in everything they do. Our team of experts includes prize-winning consultants, experienced technologists and distinguished academics.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects across the consultancy business
  • Opportunity for career progression
  • Ongoing mentoring, training and support from senior professionals within the business (including towards professional chartership)
  • Paid membership of a maximum of two institutions
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 25 days annual leave entitlement
  • Membership of our group pension scheme
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee assistance program

At City Science, we foster a culture of creativity, innovation, and teamwork. We believe in providing a flexible work environment that allows our employees to work remotely while also offering the opportunity to work at one of our hubs located in various UK locations.


As part of your application you will be required to read about our Cadence 360 software platform (, then write a short, sharp, compelling proposal to a customer of your choice setting out why they should use it and the benefits it will bring to their organisation.

Remote Interviews – Date and Format TBC

We are only accepting direct applications – no recruiters please.
Unfortunately City Science does not hold a license to sponsor visas. Therefore, we are unfortunately not able to process any applications that require sponsorship.


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