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Technical Proposal Writer – Remote


Longmont, CO, USA



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At Cambrex, it’s our people that set us apart. We work locally and have an impact globally. We’re committed to attracting, nurturing and retaining a passionate and talented team of experts in our fast paced and growing company. You will be valued and recognized. We offer an exceptional benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Life, STD, LTD, generous vacation in your first year, sick time, and retirement savings!

Cambrex is the small molecule company that provides drug substance, drug product and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. Known for our scientific and manufacturing excellence and customer focus, we offer a range of career opportunities across our global network of locations. As a team, we share one goal – to improve the quality of life for our customers’ patients across the world.


The Technical Proposal Writer is responsible for writing and pricing technical proposals for multiple services, primarily supporting formulation development and drug product manufacturing, but also assisting with analytical chemistry, process chemistry and drug substance manufacturing as possible. The Technical Proposal Writer will act as the primary contact with Business Development, the technical team, Project Management, Finance and Legal to support proposal preparation and facilitate the onboarding and execution of the projects from a business perspective.


  • Responsible for writing high quality proposals for various service offerings, specifically in support of Formulation Development for Early Stage Development.
    • Interact with Business Development (BD) team and external customers on Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
    • Coordinate with BD to schedule Subject Matter Expert (SME) meetings for RFP reviews
    • Responsible for working with key stakeholders (SMEs, Project Managers, etc.) to clearly define project scope, strategy, resource requirements, timelines, deliverables and pricing
    • Preparation of detailed project proposals, including supporting materials such as cost workbooks and high-level Gantt charts
  • Participate in peer review of proposals to support Business Operations team
  • Maintain accurate and timely updates to in support of forecasting activities
  • Support Project Accounting in revenue and invoicing activities as needed
  • Work closely with BD to achieve budget, optimize profit, and fill the schedule
  • Engage in development of new approaches, procedures, and processes in Business Operations


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, or closely related field
  • 5+ years of early stage development work experience
  • Early stage formulation development experience, desired
  • Experience writing highly technical research-based proposals
  • Knowledge of early stage CDMO market pricing and conditions useful
  • Experience with Service Agreements useful
  • Proficiency with the entire MS Office suite
  • Preferred proficiency with or similar CRM tool



  • Formulation development and/or drug product manufacturing expertise
  • Ability to write highly technical proposals
  • Strong business acumen and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional team
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills with both internal and external customers
  • Effective negotiating skills