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McKinsey & Company Proposal Specialist in Seattle, Washington

CommunicationsProposal SpecialistQualificationsUniversity degree in a field related to business or communications with excellent academic records6 years of experience in a business communications-related fieldKnowledge and experience of competitive proposal/bid processes ideally in a professional services contextExperience working with a range of business communications media (e.g. writing, presentation, video, animation)Ability to absorb new information rapidly and grapple with a wide range of complex business issuesOutstanding editing and persuasive writing skillsStrong critical reasoning and problem-solving skillsExcellent influencing and interpersonal skillsGood presence, credibility and confidence in working with senior colleaguesEmpathy and ability to represent the client's perspective in a proposal situationFlexibility and the ability to gracefully navigate ambiguity, deadline pressure and conflicting requestsSelf-motivation, with a talent for working entrepreneurially in an unstructured environmentStrong networking skills to build up an internal 'client base'Team orientation with a strong sense of commitment to team members and client impactAnalytical abilities to identify trends in proposal activityAbsolute attention to detail with the ability to prioritize and simultaneously process multiple tasks whilst still being mindful of the big pictureSensitivity to and discretion in handling confidential information Who You'll Work WithYou will join our high impact global proposal team in one of our North American office locations. You will join a global team with colleagues located in Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Munich, Paris and Sao Paolo, and report to the global proposals lead.Youll often work as part of a team which includes consultants and experts in design, media and other disciplines. You will also work with proposal experts, client service teams, visual media and graphics colleagues and client development hubs and help them better respond to competitive proposals and improve their proposal skills and expertise.You'll get involved in strategically important discussions as you work with the proposal team and client service teams to write proposals and innovate our approach to supporting and doing proposals. You will help write, develop and maintain proposals and best practices, whilst building your own expertise on the science and art of building client relationships and winning proposals.What You'll DoYou will help McKinsey win proposals by helping teams develop new, distinctive and innovative approaches to proposals to clearly articulate how McKinsey creates impact for clients.In general, consultants and client development hubs will be responsible for technical/domain expertise and most process management while you will be responsible for writing clear and compelling materials that will persuade clients to work with McKinsey. As a persuasive writer and editor, you'll help partners and consultants translate insights on decision makers and competitors into a compelling value proposition and proposal. You'll write, review and edit proposal documents and materials so that they are creative, compelling and crystal clear. You'll make our proposals visionary and distinctive by advising on the best media, structure, style, messaging and content. You'll work nimbly with our teams, helping structure, write and revise sections of the proposal, write answers to RfI and RfQ questionnaires (requests for information/qualifications), provide feedback on overall structure and messaging and write and edit engaging presentation and meeting materials.You'll provide guidance and structure on how best to manage the proposal process and effectively and efficiently respond to client requests. You'll develop storylines and templates to enable contributors and sub