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Hi Guys and girls,

I spent a month in Dubai recently and have decided I would like to work/live there.

I have been approached by a German Engineering consultancy to work as a proposals consultant. Basically a proposals manger/writer.

They keep asking me how much money I want? I don't want to exclude myself as I really want to get out there.

Is there anyone on here in a similar role/industry that can give me a rough ball park figure.

In London it's a 50k job.......if that helps???

Thanks in advance

Best regards, Alex
 

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Try glassdoor.com

You can search for the company (if it's listed) and see what they generally pay someone with your potential role. Additionally, you can search for competing companies to see what they pay their proposal managers.
 

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Thanks for the advice. Problem is UAE seems to be a law into itself. But yeah I hadn't thought about glassdoor

Thanks, i'll give it a go
 

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I'm a newbie as well but I've been told by those in the know that you should expect to earn about the equivalent of your UK salary (but obviously tax free).

It probably doesn't apply to every job category, but I've certainly found this to be the case with my job (lawyer).
 

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Proposal roles vary from company to company. A proposal manager at one company would be the equivalent of a proposal specialist or coordinator at a different company, or even a director at another company. And it also comes down to how the company values these roles for they vary greatly. You have proposal coordinators at leading Western A/E/C firms making 25,000 a month, and proposal coordinators at smaller companies making 10,000 a month.

Let me ask you a few questions.

How old are you?

How long have you been working as a proposal manager/consultant? What kind of office environment?

Single or married? Children?

Do you have the APMP certification (it's not that important but it's something).

Have you managed junior proposals staff before?

If you are a university qualified westerner in his late 20s who has worked as a proposal coordinator for large Western companies for five years, familiar with the whole proposals process and the company hiring you is a large multinational wanting to maintain western calibre office environments and work expectations, including the quality of the proposals, then 25,000/month is a realistic sum for a Western specialist or consultant. An actual manager at such a company will probably make 30,000, maybe even 35,000 a month, but the manager will have previous experience managing at least 1-2 junior proposals coordinators/production staff as well as working closely with business development directors or division heads who will serve as capture managers for proposals efforts.

If your background is a bit more junior and the office is a smaller one then the salary is less. 20K perhaps. Still livable especially if you're still young and early in your career.
 
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