Senior Tender Writer & Project Manager

Based in Barcelona, you will work full-time (1) designing and writing tenders and research proposals and (2) ensuring the administrative follow-up of projects. 

You have a perfect working knowledge of English, French, and at least one other European language (ideally Spanish, Italian or German).

With more than 5 years experience coordinating the design and writing of answers to public tenders or/and competitive research proposals, you are looking for the opportunity to bring your experience to inform better policies and contribute to societal impact. 

You will be involved in the design and writing of our answers to tenders across a wide range of fields, ranging from strategic assessment and policy evaluation to data analytics and visualization.

You will coordinate the design, writing and management of complex tenders and research proposal applications, answering competitive calls at national (mainly in France, Germany, Italy and Spain) and  european level (mainly European Commission or other international organizations) as well as competitive research calls in the European framework (H2020 and Horizon Europe). 

You will be part of a multidisciplinary, international team of public policy experts, data scientists and a world-wide network of international experts.  

You will receive training in a wide set of skills in consulting, qualitative and quantitative analysis and sectoral expertise. You will learn about our methodology based on co-design of data-driven solutions, as well as in systemic processes, interpretation and strategic provocation

With high standards when it comes to writing a proposal, defending an argument, or looking for data, you like interactions and dialectics. You like team work, leadership and responsibility

Selection Process

  1. January 26th. Deadline for applications. Applications should include:
    1. An updated CV
    2. A cover letter
  2. February (depending on availability). Sequential selection phases
    1. Preselection
    2. First interview (in person or via conf call)
    3. Written test (a short multilingual written test with project-inspired exercises to demonstrate skills in writing and communication of insights)
    4. Final round of interviews for selected candidates (in person; travel and accommodation covered by SIRIS)
  3. Final selection.


CV and cover letter must be addressed to with “Job offer Tender Writing Consultant – January 2020” in the email subject line.  


Full time position (40 hours/week).  Our hiring model includes a trial period of 6 months, the extension of which is confirmed in a feedback and assessment session. After 2 years at most, the contract becomes permanent. Once a year, both salary and career development are discussed during a joint assessment session. More regular feedback sessions take place whenever the employee feels that it is useful.


  • Salary depends on experience and is in line with industry standards (more info).
  • All work related expenses will be covered by SIRIS Academic.
  • Workstation in a shared office + Laptop.
  • Relocation/moving budget as a contribution to cover part of the related expenses.
  • According to our internal policy, SIRIS Academic may distribute a fraction of the yearly profits among all employees in the form of a salary bonus.
  • A beautiful and lively office in downtown Barcelona, with 360º views and nice perks.


Context: who we are and what we do

What? We are a consulting firm. We work with decision makers in the public or non-profit sector, and provide them with insights, processes and tools, which challenge them to think differently and enable them to accomplish their mission better.

Our services can take many forms: a strategic or analytical report, a business intelligence tool, interactive data visualisations, a participatory workshop, a coaching session, the moderation of a discussion, a strategic recommendation, etc.

But if the form varies, the core is always the same: what matters to us is to help leaders and stakeholders make better, more informed and more accountable decisions for the benefit of society.

How? We approach problems as researchers would: questioning systematically, proposing models, looking for evidence. We never defend a position which we have not tested as deeply as we can. We provide decision-makers with the tools and arguments to take decisions but we also understand that their job involves political compromises and that the ideal decision is not always either possible or optimal.

Who? Born from research, our team of 30 people is a colourful mix, with specialties ranging from archaeology to physics, and philosophy to biology. Together, we represent 8 nationalities and speak many languages. Our team is held together by a strong ethical vision, based on the respect of the contribution of everyone, the belief in collective wisdom, and a deep curiosity.

Where? Based in Barcelona, we work mostly in Europe, with a strong base in Spain, France and Italy, and activities in the UK and Germany.

With whom? Our clients are leaders and managers in regional governments, ministries, universities and research organizations, not-for-profit foundations, etc.

In which sectors? Currently, most of our activity focuses on the sectors of higher education, science & innovation policy, regional development and social impact. 

And…. why? Deep down, we want to make the world a better place by improving public policies. We are strong believers in the power of science-based evidence, participative approaches and accountability processes to improve the way public policies are designed and decisions taken, day after day.