Cleared Sr. Proposal Manager, CHANTILLY, VA


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Cleared Sr. Proposal Manager
Chantilly, Virginia, USA
Full time

As a member of the National Security Proposal Solutions Team, the Sr. Proposal Manager reports to the NS Director, Proposals. The Sr. Proposal Manager is responsible for leading and supporting NS Proposal and Task Order responses across the proposal development lifecycle. This individual will operate in a leadership role, partnering with internal and external capture, pricing, and operations teams, to manage the development of compliant, compelling, competitive, and winning proposals. This individual is required to have both broad and specific knowledge across business, project, proposal management, SharePoint collaborative tools, and document development domains to successfully manage high quality, compliant proposals.

Qualified candidates will have experience coordinating large, complex proposals (including large IDIQ task orders), collaborating with Capture and Proposal Managers on project-specific requirements to enable successful execution of proposal tasks, in-depth working knowledge of electronic document management systems, expert skills in Microsoft Office, and specialized experience in printing operations.

Sr. Proposal Manager areas of responsibility to include:

Leading the proposal team effectively, fairly, and respectfully—to meet schedules and deadlines
Ensuring 100% compliance of all proposal submissions.
Skillfully interpreting solicitation requirements or source selection regulations and proposal response strategy and approaches on individual opportunities
Assessing the solicitation, response timeframe, capture maturity, resource requirements, teammates, facilities, and other proposal elements to determine the appropriate proposal resources, process, facilities, and schedule to meet customer and internal proposal requirements
Decomposing and translating RFP requirements into the compliance matrix, annotated proposal outline, and content plans
Working with the Capture Manager to annotate proposal outlines with the win strategy, themes, discriminators, source content, graphic concepts, and other writer guidance
Translating the annotated proposal outline into an executable proposal plan that is designed to deliver a compliant, winning proposal on-time
Establishing, communicating, and managing the proposal development and production schedule; maintaining and publishing to the proposal team an updated schedule as adjustments are made
Facilitating the use of various proposal tools, work products, and techniques to direct the proposal team to write a proposal that fully executes the capture manager’s win strategy
Leading proposal phases, activities, and milestones (including, but not limited to, the proposal kickoff meetings, teammate meetings, data calls, readiness assessments, brainstorming sessions, informal proposal reviews, wall walks, and collaborative writing sessions.  
Reviewing the proposal daily and working with writers to achieve their respective content plans on-time; identifying struggling writers and mentoring them by implementing correction action plans with specified deadlines; and making appropriate decisions regarding the need to replace struggling writers if corrective actions are not made within the deadlines specified
Conducting milestone readiness reviews to assess proposal readiness for color team reviews; adjusting the proposal development schedule accordingly to accommodate corrective actions
Setting color team review goals and objectives; training color team reviewers to participate in reviews; deconflicting color team reviewer feedback; determining disposition of color team reviewer comments; developing the color team recovery plan; and executing the color team recovery plan on-time to meet approved recovery plan
Conducting writer training and working sessions to include content refinement to achieve proposal compliance and alignment with proposal theme and messaging
Matrix-managing the proposal coordinator and publications process
Serving as volume lead; proposal writer; color team or peer reviewer; or other proposal roles as required – writing and editing content (acting as writer and editor)
Performing operational staff management, including scoping and monitoring proposal efforts, setting priorities, and aligning resources
During proposal development, acting on behalf of the Capture Manager in his or her absence

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Active SECRET clearance, with Top Secret Clearance preferred
Minimum 8 years of experience in federal proposal development
Experience in documentation collaboration administration
Technical writing and editing experience, including editorial practice and standards
Ability to effectively lead diverse teams of senior and junior personnel; provide constructive and appropriate personnel performance assessments; and resolve personnel disputes
Ability to conduct oneself with the confidence, professionalism, and empowerment of a senior member of the NS PST staff, including making sound decisions regarding proposal strategies and personnel management approaches
Proposal experience supporting DOE, DoD, DoS, DOJ, IC customers and other (non-IT) mission support services
Ability to work often unpredictable schedules, including overtime, evenings, and weekends; and over holidays
Ability to work effectively with diverse team makeups under high pressure conditions


Experience supporting large, complex proposal responses
Excellent oral and written communication skills with all levels of corporate personnel

Education and Experience:

Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, or Journalism preferred. Equivalent experience may be accepted in lieu of degree
Minimum of 8 years in proposal development

Formal proposal management and project management training and education highly desirable


Amentum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, USA military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.


Security Clearance Required: Yes

Amentum / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBAMN R0094423 2023.07.16

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