Senior Proposal Manager, Global Portfolio Solutions (GPS)

Start Date



Chicago, IL


We are seeking an experienced Senior Proposal Manager with proven experience working in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments. Working with our Global Portfolio Solutions group, this individual will be responsible for understanding how Cresa’s suite of services work together and for articulating our unique value add to prospective portfolio clients through thoughtfully crafted proposals and presentations.

The Senior Proposal Manager will manage the pursuit process from strategy and content development through draft revision and final submission. The ideal candidate is comfortable writing short- and long-form copy, working within InDesign and PowerPoint templates and managing competing deadlines. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must – our Senior Proposal Manager will work with representatives from multiple service lines to create comprehensive responses to complex RFPs. The ideal candidate will make complicated concepts accessible through clear, concise writing. Most importantly, the Senior Proposal Manager will be self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented and share Cresa’s “one team” mindset.

Responsibilities and Duties

We recognize that individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences are important to creating unique client solutions. With that mindset, we are looking for that ideal prospect who will:

  • Lead the entire proposal process from kick-off and content development through draft review and final submission, ensuring our response aligns with the client’s request
  • Establish a proposal response schedule which outlines action items, the team member responsible and internal deadlines – this includes pricing templates and MSA redlines
  • Write short- and long-form copy (initial proposal drafts, resumes, case studies, etc.) including Cover Letters or Executive Summaries for important pursuits
  • Manage the revision process and ensure content is finalized in a timely manner to allow for formatting and design
  • Input and upload the final proposal to procurement platforms when applicable (e.g. Ariba)
  • Develop additional deliverables following proposal submission, as needed (Workshops, YellowPads, Final Presentations, Best and Final Offers, etc.)
  • Conduct knowledge management by maintaining a library of newly developed content and ensuring that content is routinely updated and easily accessible for future use
  • Identify and share best practices and process improvements
  • Develop a thorough understanding of Cresa’s value proposition and how the organization’s suite of services work together
  • Collaborate with Cresa’s Corporate Marketing team to ensure alignment with brand standards

Candidate Profile

  • 5-8 years marketing experience
  • Prior experience managing proposals and presentations for commercial real estate services
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing or Business
  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills – attention to detail is critical
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage competing deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Highly proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign is a must) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work across multiple time zones to accommodate global initiatives