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Bid Writer - 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

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Date: 28-Jan-2019

Location: Hazelwood, Derby, GB, DE56 4AN

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimise the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact.   Lubrizol produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets.  These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel.  In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of resins and additives.


Bid Writer 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Hazelwood, Derbyshire



Lubrizol is a global speciality chemical company with the European R&D centre being located in the picturesque setting of Hazelwood, Derbyshire. As a technology leading company, we specialise in providing market driven solutions to Customers, to help them be successful. The focus of the site is predominantly on the automotive industry and the fluids needed in vehicles. However, with the changes in legislation and increasing consumer choices, we continue to look at expanding areas of opportunity where we can leverage our technical expertise.


The successful candidate will provide support to the Hazelwood site in the preparation, application and submission of funding applications to help deliver additional scientific research. In this role you will be working with the strong scientific community on site, evaluating and recommending funding opportunities that exist and that could accelerate our research. Working with a wide-ranging mix of Research and Development scientists, Technology managers and senior business managers to deliver on this activity. An awareness of the various scientific funding bodies that exist and having a scientific degree qualification are necessities.


Working on every element of the bid writing process, we require someone with the ability to produce and compile bespoke, high quality funding submissions that meet the expected requirements. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate strong creative writing and verbal presentation skills with experience of producing submissions that sell the benefit of the funding to the approval bodies.


Main Duties and responsibilities:


  • To lead the funding applications across the site, building a strategy for future applications, with consideration for likely success and impact.
  • To interact with R&D personnel, Technology managers and senior business leaders to understand the different types of research that exist on the site.
  • Produce documentation and responses that demonstrate a sound understanding and technical knowledge of our sector.
  • To make suggestions of appropriate funding schemes that would help accelerate our research.
  • To possess a good knowledge of the various funding schemes in the UK and Europe and advocate for the use of appropriate schemes as necessary.
  • Produce professionally written bid and proposal content that clearly articulates the company’s values and the benefits of our proposals.
  • Leading and actively participating in the development of strategic themes, including interactions with external facilities, such as Catapult centres.


Key Skills / Experience


  • Degree qualification (2:1 or better) in a physical science (chemistry, physics, maths or engineering).
  • Previous experience in authoring successful funding applications is essential.
  • Ability to clearly articulate themes and write in a concise and convincing manner.
  • Ability to transform technical information into positive and engaging responses.
  • High level of interpersonal and teamworking skills and ability to engage, motivate and influence others.
  • Excellent grasp of the English language with a high level of writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Diligent with a focus on attention to detail.
  • Creative eye with the ability to prepare and format visually strong documents from scratch.
  • Experience of working with Catapults is an advantage.
  • Familiarity with funding submissions to Innovate UK, KTN, EPSRC and European funding bodies.

The European marketing and technical centre Lubrizol Hazelwood supports an extensive range of clients and Original Equipment Manufacturers across the globe. 

The Hazelwood site is located in a rural setting around 8 miles from Derby City centre.  With a vibrant and constantly growing list of things to do and see, the city offers something to suit all tastes.  Be it lively nights out, a thriving live music scene (Derby recently won the title of ‘the city of festivals!’) an abundance of shops and restaurants, or indeed, getting involved in sports at the Ipro Arena, or the newly opened Velodrome, the choice is endless.  If you prefer more peaceful surroundings the beautiful Peak District is right on the doorstep, offering amazing scenery, idyllic country pubs, and fantastic opportunities for outdoor pursuit enthusiasts.

You will find that Lubrizol offer a wealth of career and development opportunities.  We employ the very best talent and strive to offer our employees the opportunity to grow and learn.

There is something for everyone who lives and work here……

To learn and see what it is like to work here at Lubrizol Hazelwood, please view our video.

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