Sr. Proposal/ Pursuit Writer
Chicago , Illinois
November 21, 2017

The Sr. Proposal Writer is responsible for utilizing project management tools and principles; developing strategic and consistent messaging that enhances our ability to differentiate and win new business; developing proposal templates, related presentation materials and supporting tools/modular content as directed by leadership. S/he also acts as a pursuit material senior writer and quality control reviewer for pursuits to which s/he is assigned, and assists with training and coaching to key internal stakeholders to promote proposal-related best practices.


Essential Duties 

  • Provide project management support and strategic input to pursuit teams and other stakeholders to support creation of high impact proposals focused on prospect needs:

    • Drive discussions with pursuit teams on proposal “win themes” and other strategic messages and incorporate as appropriate.

    • Maintain clear communication with team on proposal-development progress, including outstanding items required for timely completion.

    • Draft original content and provide substantive edits based on firm’s style and brand guidelines and approved sources of information.

    • Review the final production materials to ensure that message quality, format and content meet the stated objective and are consistent with Firmwide strategy and communication guidelines.

    • Manage document production or ensure smooth handoff to administrative personnel for final edits and printing

  • Assist proposal manager and senior director, research and strategy in coaching local ICS and ECS resources on proposal related best practices

  • Maintain proposal log with key information, upload completed documents, and follow up with pursuit lead regarding outcomes

  • Take active role in various national proposal team initiatives and projects to improve Firmwide proposal quality and efficiency

  • This may include responsibility for the development and periodic revision of modular content (e.g., pursuit resource guides) as directed by national proposal team leadership

  • Other duties as assigned 

Basic Qualifications 

  • BS/BA in Marketing, Communications, Journalism or English

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of increasing responsibility and substantive business writing experience, including the development of proposals in a professional services environment

  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills

  • Understanding of Associated Press (AP) style

  • Ability to communicate both verbally and written with diverse audiences

  • Ability to develop proposals and presentations that effectively communicate complex and/or distinctive concepts in a clear, concise manner

  • Detail-oriented; productive without compromising quality

  • Strong project management, organizational, critical thinking and time management skills 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Must be able to multi-task and prioritize to meet daily deadlines and capable of operating in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage internal client expectations - Ability to train, coach and advise others utilizing department approved tools and frameworks

A little about us:
RSM US LLP is the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market.

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