I am currently working on negotiating a deal for my first international job and I was hoping to get some feedback from the masses.
I am a 33 year old, American architect trying to strike a deal with a Hong Kong based architecture firm to work on a job in Singapore.
I have 10 years of applicable project experience and I recently graduated with a Masters of Business Administration degree from an American University.
I am applying for a project design/management position that could easily lead to a strategic position & spending 10 years with the organization.
During my interview, we spoke a bit about money. It was made clear that the company paid straight salary packages.
I told him I was felt I was worth six figures in US dollars (approx. HKD 780,000) but would be willing to negotiate based upon perks. I told him to make me an offer and we could go from there. (Mistake #1?)
I am attempting to put together the list of negotiating points and I would like some feedback. I dont want to put anything on the list that sounds to pie in the sky. This is the first time I have seriously negotiated for a management compensation package.
This is the list I came up with:
- Trips to the US for both the AIA convention and Autodesk University, in the interest of scouting oncoming trends on the cutting edge of architectural practice and technology
- American Institute of Architects membership dues
- Windows compatible PDA/Mobile phone
- Laptop computer capable of running all necessary design software. (DELL M70 or better)
- All Visa and Work Permit related Legal fees to be covered by the firm.
- First class fare for all business related air travel
I dont know what is appropriate in regards to vacation time. In the USA, vacation time is scarce and though the firm is managed by Brits, I have no idea how it is treated in professional positions over seas.
Also should things like raise/bonus schedule and performance review methodology be discussed in this conversation?
Any feedback or tips on how to handle my situation would be greatly appreciated.