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Proposal Lead - Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering


Puyallup, WA, US Federal Way, WA, US Vancouver, WA, US

Requisition ID: 144081 

Job Level: Mid Level 

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 for our Northwest Region who can integrate with our pursuit teams and coordinate/write proposals for exciting civil infrastructure construction projects, including highways, bridges, dams, hydroelectric facilities, marine infrastructure, and environmental restoration projects. Many individuals on our team have backgrounds in journalism, public relations, marketing, and technical writing positions. If your experience does not align perfectly with the qualifications/responsibilities listed below, we encourage you to apply if you are interested.

The Proposal Specialist will be responsible for supporting/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 $500M. 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, is highly detail oriented and organized, and has strong writing skills. 

District Overview

Kiewit’s Northwest Region Proposal Team is based out of Vancouver, WA and works on proposals for infrastructure projects in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Hawaii, and beyond. Team members enjoy working with a variety of estimate and pursuit teams across the region to develop winning strategy and content for each proposal. We work on pursuits procured using alternative delivery models, including CMGC, design-build, progressive design-build, and other best value models. We take a collaborative and integrated approach to developing winning proposals and statements of qualifications through brainstorms, critical concept meetings, and regular proposal reviews. Proposal team members are a valuable component to every alternative delivery project we pursue.


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. Our proposal team has countless opportunities for upward mobility and professional growth. We will train you, develop your skills, and allow you to take on projects that impact millions across the region. With top-notch health benefits, 4 weeks of paid time off a year, a wealth-building 401k plan with a generous company match, and unbeatable growth opportunities, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success. 


This position is based out of our Vancouver or Federal Way office.  Travel required up to 30%.


  • Work under the direction of the Regional Proposal Strategy Manager and 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.
  • Initially support but ultimately 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).
  • Support proposal kick-off meetings, milestone reviews, and recovery periods.
  • Manage and coordinate proposal sections to ensure compliance with client’s objectives and requirements while ensuring consistency with proposing entity’s strategy and approach.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Understand and apply proposal methods and tools, consistently implement standard best practice processes.
  • Lead or assist in the production and delivery for on-time delivery of proposals (electronic and hard copy).
  • Assist with maintaining, monitoring, and managing proposal database, files, and systems through appropriate information management systems.
  • Support and drive development and continuous improvement of best practices and templates, data platforms, and style guides.


The successful candidate will possess all or most of the following qualifications:

•    3+ years of proposal coordination/writing experience in engineering/construction or similar industry
•     Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Communications, Journalism, English, Liberal Arts, or equivalent
•    Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
•    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 with an ability to take on challenges and effectively problem-solve
•    Strong editing/writing skills including 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, including the ability to continually listen, collaborate, and communicate among colleagues, internal customers, and team partners


Additional Requirements:

  • Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position may require an individual to be fully vaccinated by an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.

Base Compensation: $74,960  - $112,441 
(Actual compensation is subject to variation due to such factors as education, experience, skillset, and/or location)

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.

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