Why You?
You are looking for something more from your job and career. You love collaboration and teamwork. You dig a balanced life and can wrestle challenges with grace. Your creative energy is looking for an outlet and you’re always thinking about what’s next. You’re bold, full of ideas and want to be part of a team that’s hungry to win. If this sounds like you, we’d like to talk.

Why Us?
Your work will be amplified as it enables other organizations to deliver great results. That is because Forward Space exists to help clients propel their organizations forward and bring to life spaces and environments that are designed precisely for their purpose. For leading organizations, there is only one direction that matters, and it is FORWARD.
As the leading authorized Steelcase dealer in the Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI markets, Forward Space is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) that offers workspace consultation/planning, procurement, delivery, installation, and on-going maintenance to support our clients’ vision and goals. Serving greater Chicagoland and Milwaukee, while also offering national service capabilities, we help our customers to create innovative work environments that inspire people to excel wherever and however they work. We create environments tailored to the way you do business and that support company culture by encouraging collaboration, fostering creativity, promoting productivity, inspiring innovation, and supporting wellbeing.
Our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience drives us and our mission forward every day. We strive towards inclusion and that means everyone is comfortable bringing their authentic and best self to work every day.

What You Will Do
The Marketing Specialist – Bids, reporting to the Marketing Manager, based in Wood Dale or Chicago, IL will be an important part of our strategic RFP response team.

Primary Focus Areas:
• Collaborate with marketing, leadership & sales/RAD teams to develop marketing strategies and tactics that differentiate Forward Space and position us to win
• Collaborate with other marketing team members to develop graphic design, content, print materials, digital marketing and PR elements that supports Forward Space brand across all platforms/media
• Promote Forward Space products, team and services to create brand recognition and generate leads
• “Own” the creation of proposal and presentation deliverables/content for all Requests for Proposal (RFP’s) brought in by our sales and business development teams
• Utilize templates and/or digital tools to create RFP responses, presentations, look books, or mock-up materials
• Support bid team in efforts to enhance, improve or build on the RFP process and output
• Collaborate to create marketing materials in support of sales efforts

Additional Responsibilities:
• Lead efforts to create winning RFP responses and continually seek to refine and improve our proposal content, process, and strategies
• Maintain RFP/Marketing assets catalog and update/improve continually
• Independently manage multiple deadlines for proposals and other requested deliverables
• Collaborate with manufacturing partners to provide required information for RFP and marketing deliverables
• Ensures proposal compliance with solicitation / RFP requirements
• Ensures proposals are submitted on time and that project scope, staff qualifications and experience, biographical data, government forms, contract terms and conditions, pricing, etc. are presented within company standards
• Coordinates, organizes, and maintains project descriptions and staff resumes
• Continuously captures data from all sources for use in future proposals, etc. in order to speed the creation, review and submission processes
• Uses graphic design and layout to make documents attractive, easy to understand and persuasive
• Utilize both print + digital tools to create templates and content to support winning strategies
• Helps develop creative responses that support sales-led strategy and make our proposals stand out from competitors
• Maintains a record of all submittals based on key identifiers and organized in a cohesive manner
• Creates proposal templates and uses them in whole or in part to speed the proposal process
• Proofreading and editing proposals for accuracy
• Work in-office with RFP team members whenever necessary

Required Qualifications
• Ability to stay organized while working on simultaneous deadline-driven projects
• Articulate and timely communication skills
• Comfortable collaborating with all levels within the organization; including senior leadership
• Self-starter with the ability to work autonomously
• High level attention to detail
• High degree of accountability
• Intellectually curious and willing to adapt and learn new skills as the role evolves/demands
• Coachable

The Experience You Will Bring
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
• 3 – 5 years of related marketing experience; commercial furniture experience a plus
• Self-starter with a strong sense of accountability and self-management skills
• High level of organization
• Must be detail-oriented and able to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines
• Background in graphic design, proposal development / content development or related experience
• Strong knowledge and experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier Pro) and Advanced PC skills
(Outlook, PPT, Excel, etc.)
• Strong creative writing and presentation skills
• Excellent general professional communication skills
• Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills
• Flexibility to travel between Forward Space locations including Milwaukee, WI

Why You’ll Love Working for Forward Space
• Competitive compensation
• Career pathing
• Collaborative and supportive culture
• Medical, dental and vision, 401K with company match
• Short- and Long-Term Disability
• PTO , 8 Paid Holidays and 2 Floating Holidays

Enjoy our Perks, Perks, Perks!
• Summer hours
• Hybrid work schedule
• Free healthy snacks and lunches
• Bring your dog to work (specific locations only)
• Annual employee and family events and impromptu celebrations and team outings
• Quarterly company Town Halls with annual community service event
• Company-funded annual charitable giving

Please send resumes to Cara Pacholski, cpacholski@forwardspace.com