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Proposal Editor

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Organization Unit: 
Healthcare IT
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Title: Proposal Editor

Location: Falls Church, VA / Remote

Roles and Responsibilities

As a Proposal Editor, you will set the pace for continuous improvement of proposal content across all our Business Units spreading from US Government contracts to private sector Healthcare for implementing our products and services. You will collaborate with geographically distributed teams on a variety of proposals and related documents to create high-impact, well differentiated and responsive, winning proposals. To do so, you will edit proposal materials, improve their quality, and ensure they are editorially correct while maintaining technical accuracy and meaning. You will review content developed by SMEs, technical, and supporting writers for compliance to RFP requirements, provide consistency to proposal content across all volumes to include past performance, resumes, management, and technical. This will include discussing and explaining reasons for edits to coach other writers.

You will lead revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity, review proposal content for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check the proposal for readability, style, flow and agreement with editorial policy. Research to understand relevant information from SMEs for use in proposal writing to address customer hot buttons, features and benefits of proposed solution, and incorporating win themes into proposal sections is an important aspect of the job, as is the ability to identify improvements in articulation of others’ thoughts through writing and infographics, diagrams, highlights, and other techniques for keeping customer evaluators engaged and interested in what we are proposing. You will therefore partner with our Brand Experience Group to translate your and others’ visualizations into high-quality graphics.

This role requires a senior professional with comprehensive proposal writing experience under his / her belt who wants to use the experience gathered over the years to define the shape that each proposal should take for it to be a winner. Since this will be done without much direct customer interaction, the candidate should have the ability to extract key information from recordings of customer meetings and product demonstrations as well as formal RFIs and RFPs released by the Customer.

When not working on editing winning proposals, you may be required to work upon specific improvement initiatives, as well as presales activities may which involve working on presentations, podcasts, and other collateral.

Skills and Experience:

The candidate should have the following skills and experience to qualify for the role:

  • 10 to 15 years of large and complex proposal writing and editing experience
  • Ability to provide practical, quick-turnaround, solutions for improving the quality of the proposal and ensuring that information is engaging and conveyed with technical accuracy and clarity.
  • Strong command of US English grammar, usage, punctuation, and excellent writing skills.
  • Proven performance of editorial functions including proofreading and editing skills.
  • Experience working with distributed teams in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Able to balance multiple projects and work to meet deadlines.
  • Experience with US GPO, AP, and Chicago style guides.
  • Ability to operate efficiently on a Windows platform with advanced computer skills. including MS Word (a solid knowledge of shortcuts/quick key strokes is preferred), MS Outlook, MS SharePoint, and Adobe Professional.

Competency Requirements

  • Ability to communicate exceptionally well (written, visual and verbal), including with cross-cultural teams, and partner with key stakeholders to help develop winning proposals
  • Strong analytical capabilities and attention to detail; capable of synthesizing and summarizing complex thoughts to drive their effective articulation
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to demonstrate personal initiative, ownership and accountability
  • Has an attitude of continuous improvement, both for the self and the organization
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity through the definition of prerequisites, critical success factors, and assumptions
  • Effective interpersonal, relationship building and influencing skills
  • Able to work in a fast paced, results driven environment
  • Great proofreading skills, and possess a keen attention to detail, while demonstrating dependability and exceptional customer service skills.