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Proposal Manager - Consulting



First things First: Who are we? 

First Student is the largest passenger transportation company in North America, we provide passenger transport and maintenance services to municipalities, school districts and the general public in the U.S. and Canada. Our 4.8 billion operations is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH and employs more than 96,000 employees at 1,200 locations in 38 states and 7 Canadian provinces.  

The Proposal Manager coordinates and manages proposal-related business development activities for new and existing contracts. Includes proposal development, production, and distribution, as well as presentations and post-submittal follow-up. The position also provides writing support for marketing and communications.

Proposal Manager Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with the Operations, Marketing, and Business Development to write and develop proposals, best-and-final offers, interview presentations, and other required documents
  • Compile a Table of Compliance with Win-Theme that outlines the production specifications and section details as a guideline for the development of the proposal 
  • With input from Directors of Business Development and other corporate sales support staff, develop a compelling proposal with the intent to win the business. Author, proofread, edit, print, compile and ensure the accuracy of the final proposal document.
  • Ensure proposal compliance with requirements specified in the Request for Proposal (RFP) 
  • Complete all required forms and obtain all necessary signatures; including bonding and insurance requests

Proposal Manager Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, English, Journalism, Communications, or a related field required.
  • Excellent writing skills, with a strong orientation to detail and service.
  • Advanced knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  • Proposal writing and management experience are strongly preferred
  • Ability to exercise independent thinking with a high level of prioritization skills
  • Strong customer relations skills
  • Ability to generate creative ideas, meet multiple deadlines, and work independently.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles.
  • Some travel may be required

 First for a Reason  


We offer competitive compensation and benefits (which vary based on role, location, and business), including physical and mental health initiatives, medical/dental/vision, 401(k), and paid holiday/vacation. 

Professional Advancement 

Start here. Go far. We believe in promoting from within which means tremendous opportunities for you, thanks to our strong presence across North America. In addition, our 18-month Aspiring Manager Program prepares future leaders at First Student or First Transit. 

Extensive Training 

Build skills and knowledge in such areas as safety and security, injury prevention, technology and equipment, and job efficiency. 

Diversity & Inclusion 

Because we’re stronger together, we aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We’re committed to providing an inclusive and diverse working environment for everyone every day. 

Community Service & Impact 

Go where opportunity meets community. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. As the face of First Student, First Transit and First Vehicle Services in your community, you’ll have a positive impact on others.

Our Divisions  

 About First Transit 

First Transit Inc. is a leading provider of public transportation contracting and management services. For over 60 years, we have supplied precision, efficiency, innovation, and all-around expertise to both public and private transportation systems. Today, we operate in 335 locations, carrying more than 350 million passengers annually throughout the United States in 39 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. 

 About First Vehicle Services  

First Vehicle Services is a leading provider of diverse fleet management and maintenance services in North America. Since 1981, First Vehicle Services has been providing efficient and cost-effective vehicle management and maintenance services at governments, school districts, petrochemical companies, transit agencies, airports, universities, and private organizations throughout the United States. 

 Apply today and get your career on the road with First Student.

We aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We strive to attract and retain a diverse workforce therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. First is also committed to providing a drug-free workplace. For candidates applying to positions in San Francisco or Los Angeles California, First will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance. First is an equal opportunity employer and by doing so we will sustain and promote an inclusive culture that supports future growth for all.  

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11410 - Customer Engagement S
600 Vine Street, Suite 1400, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45202
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    First Student
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