An interesting discussion yesterday with a friend who’s taken on a new role heading proposal management for a rather diverse organisation. To what extent, she wondered, do proposal managers earn commission if they help to win the deal, and does that vary by sector?
Then again, we do deserve to be well-rewarded – and helping our sales colleagues to win is, after all, what we’re here to do. My personal preference is that there’s a hefty bonus scheme in place, in which the amount and percentage won is a major factor. Barbara Esmedina’s excellent survey tends to validate the assumption that win bonuses are rare: only 16% of respondents receive a “bonus tied to winning business (specific to RFP/sales activity”), whereas 65% get bonuses linked to performance / merit. I’m curious to know what others think – and what works well in organisations around the world. Do let us have your comments!