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Proposal Specialist - Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers


Phoenix, AZ, US Fairfield, CA, US

Requisition ID: 151802 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Infrastructure Business Development 

Department: Business Development & Proposals 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Are you looking for a career that is both challenging and rewarding, a position where you can work independently and also collaborate with teams, and assignments that provide variety and opportunity? If these qualities motivate you, you might be the right candidate to join our Infrastructure proposal team.


We are looking for a Proposal Specialist with a strong management and writing background who can integrate with our pursuit teams and manage/write proposals for challenging civil infrastructure projects.


The Proposal Specialist will be responsible for managing the coordination, development, review, and finalization of compliant, compelling, and comprehensive statements of qualifications and proposals for infrastructure projects ranging in value from $5M to $100M for multiple contract models. In addition, the candidate must have a strong focus on compliance of concise written text and graphics to RFP requirements while also incorporating strategic messaging. The successful candidate will work both individually and in a team environment, must have an interest in learning the ins and outs of the design and construction of large infrastructure projects, can work under and meet tight deadlines, and has excellent writing skills. 


ENR released its 2022 Top 400 Contractor rankings. Kiewit ranks No. 3, up one spot from last year's No. 4 ranking. 
•            No. 1 - Domestic Heavy
•            No. 1 - Petroleum
•            No. 1 - Transportation
•            No. 2 - Power
•            No. 4 - Working Abroad
•            No. 20 - Domestic Building / Manufacturing

District Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering's Design-Build team is driving clients to turn to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects. Through our integrated design and construction approach, our multi-disciplinary team works together to improve schedule, control costs and minimize risk. Our construction-focused engineers work collaboratively with our estimators and builders to design solutions that are innovative, constructible, and designed with a focus on safety. Clients benefit from the proven processes and tools used by Kiewit to minimize project risk. We are an in-house resource that supports projects throughout the company. Our staff shares experiences gained, innovative concepts, and best practices for all projects that we support. 

Kiewit’s management and implementation of this process leads to safe, cost effective, and innovative designs that exceeds client expectations and furthers Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.

On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. We will train you, develop your skills, and allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success. 



This position is based out of our Phoenix, AZ Office


  • Work under direction of Regional Proposal Strategy Manager and will serve as a regional proposal resource working together with a team of other proposal, writers, and creative team members to deliver quality proposals throughout a multiple state region.
  • Lead non-complex standard proposals with limited supervision and support complex alternative delivery proposals.
  • Analyze and interpret solicitation documents and requirements (RFQ, RFI, RFP) to prepare and develop comprehensive response templates (compliance matrix, proposal outlines, schedule).
  • Facilitate proposal kick-off meetings, milestone reviews, and recovery periods.
  • Manage and coordinate all proposal sections to ensure compliance with client’s objectives and requirements while ensuring consistency with proposing entity’s strategy and approach.
  • Organize and may facilitate strategy and storyboarding sessions to incorporate concepts and data into deliverable documents.
  • Responsible for leading other proposal and graphics staff and/or partners in developing deliverables.
  • Collaborate and interview engineers, designers, and others to secure information for various writing assignments to prepare compliant and compelling written proposal content.
  • Serve as lead writer for various proposal sections (i.e., project descriptions, qualification summaries, resumes, technical, etc.).
  • Collaborate with creative team to conceptualize and integrate compelling graphics to convey proposed solutions within SOQ/proposal responses.
  • Make accurate and timely formatting, edits, and revisions to documents, and adjust schedule as required.
  • Understands and applies proposal methods and tools, consistently implement standard best practice processes
  • Lead or assist in the total production and delivery for on-time delivery of proposals (electronic and hard copy)
  • Support presentation phase of pursuit, coordinates graphics, and helps refine key messages
  • Assist with maintaining, monitoring, and managing proposal database, files, and systems through appropriate information management systems
  • Support and drives development and continuous improvement of best practices and templates, data platforms, and style guides


The successful candidate would possess the following qualifications:

•    3+ years of proposal coordination/writing experience in engineering/construction or similar industry
•    Prior exposure to construction management practices
•    Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Communications, Journalism, English, Liberal Arts, or equivalent
•    Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
•    Advanced knowledge and skills in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat 

Expertise Required:
•    Exceptional attention to detail, organization, and attentive listening skills
•    Ability to prioritize, balance, and successfully complete multiple tasks simultaneously
•    Effective verbal and written communication skills - within core team and with internal and external clients
•    Action orientated – ability to take on challenges and effectively problem-solve
•    Strong editing/writing skills: thorough knowledge of grammar, spelling, and composition as well as writing, editing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills
•    Self-motivated with ability to work well with professionals from various backgrounds
•    Ability to deliver high-quality work in a strict deadline-driven environment 
•    A focus on teamwork – ability to continually listen, collaborate, and communicate among colleagues, internal customers, and team partners


Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
•    FIELD ROLES ONLY May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

Nearest Major Market: Phoenix

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