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Job Summary (Primary purpose of this Role):
The Junior Request for Proposal (RFP) Writer is responsible for supporting sales to drive business growth and retain existing business. The successful Jr. RFP writer will partner closely with other members of the RFP team, and representatives from sales, business development, relationship management, and subject matter experts to produce informed, detailed and persuasive proposals.
A successful candidate will play a key role in prospect growth and client retention in our core market, partnering with key stakeholders firm-wide to ensure appropriate competitive positioning in proposals and client materials. The Jr. RFP writer will effectively manage projects from inception to completion, adhering to all internal and external deadlines. The candidate will also manage various projects seeking to enhance materials, refine processes, and provide proactive team support. The Jr. RFP writer should continuously strive to increase their knowledge of our products and the industry in order to best produce meaningful materials. Additionally, the Jr. RFP writer will strive to build relationships with business partners across the firm, and seeking opportunities to add value to existing processes.
Own the proposal process, including strategy sessions, content development, project management, internal research, technical accuracy, brand adherence, compliance reviews, and quality control
Respond to a variety of RFPs, RFIs, databases, and industry surveys with tailored responses that focus on the benefits of John Hancock’s retirement plan products
Build and maintain relationships across the company to ensure that proposal-related needs are met
Attend ongoing training sessions on industry trends and our own products and services
Occasionally create and support additional communications efforts for our retirement plan products (as needed)
Record all work efforts in accordance with team procedures
Key Shared Accountabilities:
- Collaborate with peers to ensure all work is completed on time and with the most updated content
- Work with SMEs and other representatives from other business areas to improve the quality of the RFP library
0-2 years of experience in sales support role or B2B marketing (experience with proposals and the financial services industry preferred)
Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Experience with proposal software (PMAPS/Qvidian) is a plus
Working knowledge of retirement plans (defined contribution, defined benefit, executive benefit, etc.) is ideal
Excellent oral and written communication skills and keen attention to detail
Strong project management skills, with the ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously
Curiosity and eagerness to investigate, learn, collaborate, and innovate, while bringing a positive, flexible attitude
Ability to work well across departments/levels
- Proven ability to prioritize workload in a dynamic environment
Working Condition: (If applicable, list the working condition in the terms of Travel Requirement, Physical Labor Requirement, Concentration Requirement and Visional Requirement)
- Travel: N/A
- Physical labor: N/A
About John Hancock Financial and Manulife
John Hancock is a division of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers’ needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were over $1 trillion (US$806 billion) as of September 30, 2017. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at manulife.com.
One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports approximately 10 million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, and college savings plans. We also offer advice through Signator, a network of independent financial advisors. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.
Agency submissions and contacts are by invitation only and must be initiated by John Hancock's Recruiting Department only. Unsolicited agency submissions will not be honored.
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