Proposal engineers (sales) work with designers and engineers to ensure a cost-effective solution for each customer’s specific needs. They serve as a facilitator from the start to finish of developing project proposals. This involves interacting with sales, design, and merchandising staff, as well as providing feedback to the customer. They are required to represent the company off-site to gather data, meet with customers, and find potential customers. Proposal engineers (sales) must be adaptable and able to quickly shift attention from one process or project to the next. It is important that the proposal engineer is able to fully understand and attempt to meet customers' needs in a timely and professional manner. Employers also require that the proposal engineer travel to represent the company, as well as meet with clients and potential clients.
Most companies require that proposal engineers (sales) hold at least an associate’s degree or technical certificate in a related field. Experience in a related position is generally required as well. Proposal engineers (sales) must be proficient in basic computer software such as the Microsoft Office suite and be able to interpret computer-generated models and graphs. Employers may prefer candidates have work experience leading, managing, and/or organizing teams. This position requires the ability to work well in a team setting, but also work well on their own with minimal supervision..
Proposal Engineer (Sales) Tasks
- Complete questionnaires used to bid for new/renewal business.
- Review all proposal inputs and outputs.
- Prepare professional, customized and client centered proposals.
- Establish and maintain draft copies.