Proposal Associate
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Proposal Associate

King of Prussia, PA

The Center for Breakthrough Medicines is on track to be the largest single-site cell and gene therapy contract development and manufacturing organization in the world. Our comprehensive service offering accelerates speed to market through supply chain disruption mitigation strategies, end-to-end program management expertise and unique platform technology with the ability to follow a molecule from idea to commercialization. CBM’s integrated approach provides high quality and consistent end-to-end manufacturing capability including: Process and Analytical Development; Plasmid DNA production; Viral Vector Production of Lentivirus; AAV and Adenovirus; Testing and Analytics; Autologous, Allogeneic and Gene-edited Cell Therapy Bioprocessing; and Cell banking. CBM’s horizontal and vertical integration provides one source throughout a product’s life cycle.

CBM’s mission is to accelerate the delivery and affordability of lifesaving and life-changing therapies from discovery to market by offering a complete solution for the development and commercialization of cell and gene therapies.

CBM is located just outside of Philadelphia in the Heart of Cellicon Valley on The Discovery Labs campus set on 300 acres with 2.4 million square feet of life sciences lab and manufacturing space, allowing clients to scale their development and manufacturing needs without ever having to change sites, while providing employees a true community campus experience focused exclusively on life sciences.

The Discovery Labs is a Global Platform Company inclusive of CBM, The Discovery Labs Properties, UniteIQ incubator labs, and The Colony, a unique investment and resource model enabling groundbreaking therapies to be brought to life.


The Center for Breakthrough Medicines at The Discovery Labs is currently searching for a Proposal Associate to join our team full-time. This is an excellent opportunity to join a developing team with a clear path for growth. The Proposal Associate will work within the Business Development group to develop responses to our clients’ Requests for Proposals (RFP) and/or Requests for Information (RFI) in support of both Process Development and GMP programs in the cell and gene therapy space. The creation of proposals and responses to RFIs includes the gathering and coordination of input from multiple groups within CBM, such as Process Development and Technology Transfer, Analytical Development and Testing, Manufacturing, Quality, and Regulatory, and writing the response from source documentation. Work also includes assistance in development of costing models, process plans, statements of work, executive summaries, and slide decks. In addition, this individual will be responsible for working with Business Development to create standard proposal templates and creation of a standardized proposal generation process.

This position offers significant opportunity for growth within the Business Development organization, including involvement with and execution of marketing strategy, technical conference attendance, performance of competitive and industry analyses, and general client-facing representation for the business.


  • Review RFPs and RFIs and work with Business Development and technical staff to understand technical scope and proposal requirements.
  • Work with Business Development to create the company proposal planning process to include pricing templates, proposal templates, information management standards, and establishment of the proposal review and approval process within the organization.
  • Write and manage development of new proposal material. Revise/rewrite existing proposal materials based on the requirements of each new proposal. Perform this work through collaboration with Management and other leaders within the organization.
  • Work with Business Development leaders and Finance staff to evaluate executed programs in comparison with previously scoped work to establish a continuous feedback loop to optimize pricing models.
  • Perform quality check of all proposal content, to include checking for RFP compliance, basic proofreading, and adherence to other proposal standards to ensure accuracy and quality of work. Ensure proposal materials are edited appropriately as part of the proposal process.
  • Establish and maintain an organized file structure in CBM’s SharePoint site.
  • Other duties as needed or instructed.


  • Bachelors Degree in a relevant scientific discipline required (i.e., Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering). Candidates with non-scientific degrees will be considered with relevant experience in the Life Sciences industry.
  • Minimum 2-4 years combined technical and proposal writing experience in the Life Sciences Industry.
  • Candidates must have experience generating proposals in the Life Sciences industry. Any experience supporting specific proposals concerning cell and gene therapies, biologics, or experience within the CDMO space is a major plus.
  • Proficiency with SharePoint, Acrobat, and Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word, Outlook, Project, and Power Point, with Advanced Proficiency in Excel); and the ability to learn and proficiently use company business system software.
  • Broad technical knowledge in Life Sciences or biologics manufacturing and understanding of business as well as best-practice proposal development processes.
  • Ability to author proposal sections/documents with input from technical teams, as well as work with Finance to generate reports.
  • Communication, tact, and interpersonal skills to work with all levels of staff and leadership, within and outside the department and Company; ability to work with a diverse team, including managers and peers.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Complex reasoning and problem-solving abilities.
  • Formal training or relevant experience in proposal writing and development.

Compensation: TBD

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