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December 17, 2018

UAE Salary Guide 2019 - Manufacturing & Supply Chain

“Organisations in the private sector are optimistic about the future and are developing plans for expansion in 2019.”

UAE Salary Guide 2019 - Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Cooper Fitch Dubai
Cooper Fitch Dubai
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The UAE is continually seeking technical talent with international and GCC experience.

It is a strenuous task for employers to access national talent and bilingual professionals who are the right fit culturally and technically in the manufacturing and supply chain field. As techniques such as Lean, Six Sigma, TPM, WCM, Kaizen, VSM and OEE are more advanced in the Western manufacturing environments, the Emirates is on the lookout for talent with a continuous improvement mindset, international exposure, and a proven record of accomplishments in cost savings, lean implementation, waste reduction, process efficiency, and machinery effectiveness. However, the noticeable trend is the value and benefit that Employers observe in hiring professionals with at least 3 to 5 years of experience working in the GCC. Retaining employees in this skill set has also been a challenge for organisations. Due to major organisational restructuring, some positions have been relocated to other countries outside of the GCC. However, with the oil prices regaining their strength, government and foreign investment in manufacturing and supply chain, and organisational stability we expect that employment rate will increase in the Emirates.

Accessing national talent has been a recurring challenge.

It is challenging to find national talent and bilingual speakers who are the right fit culturally and technically. Organisations are interested in international talent. However, the main criteria for most roles is a professional that has some experience working in the GCC. Retaining employees have been a big challenge as well since the oil and gas downturn that took place at the beginning of 2018. With the oil prices regaining their strength, we expect that the employment rate will increase in the Emirates.

There are winners in the manufacturing& supply chain field as oil prices rise.

The market was volatile in 2018, but with the oil prices going up, the investment opportunities in the UAE are also increasing. The public sector is now increasing its spending as it is becoming more stable. Organisations in the private sector are optimistic about the future and are developing plans for expansion. We also predict that businesses will continue to capitalise on new and emerging regional markets by exploring growth opportunities via mergers and acquisitions.

Procurement and supply chain jobs are on the rise.

Open positions for procurement and supply chain are constantly increasing. As the Emirates is the regional hub for logistics and distribution, organisations are looking for managers who can increase efficiency, reduce costs and maintain competitiveness. We observe that Employers prefer to focus on professionals who have expertise in the local market or the GCC. The extensive knowledge in procurement, contracts and sourcing in this region is deemed far more valuable to Employers than the experience from international markets.

Learning & development are the key elements that help to recruit and retain employees.

We see more organisations investing in their employees, and we expect this to be on the rise in 2019. Candidates are looking for incentives beyond financial gratification. More organisations are now presenting sophisticated and advanced training programs to ensure that there is constant advancement and progression for their employees.

SUPPLY CHAIN

TITLE

MIN

MAX

Supply Chain Director

45,000

65,000

Supply Chain Manager

23,000

37,000

Demand/Supply Planner

10,000

15,000

Demand/Supply Planning Manager

20,000

25,000

Materials Engineer

9,000

13,000

Materials Manager

15,000

24,000

Procurement Director

47,000

68,000

Procurement Manager

22,000

35,000

Category Manager

19,000

24,000

Buyer

9,000

12,000

General Manager

58,000

90,000

Operations Manager

19,000

35,000

Logistics Manager

15,000

25,000

Warehouse Supervisor

8,000

12,000

Warehouse Manager

14,000

19,000

Senior Contracts Engineer

14,000

22,000

Contracts Manager

24,000

29,000

Bid Manager

17,000

25,000

Trade Compliance Manager

18,000

36,000

MANUFACTURING

TITLE

MIN

MAX

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

15,000

21,000

Master Black Belt

17,000

28,000

Operations Manager

25,000

40,000

Production Manager

25,000

32,000

Production Supervisor

8,000

15,000

Continuous Improvement Manager

15,000

20,000

Plant / Factory Manager

26,000

38,000

Quality Engineer Assurance and Control

12,000

15,000

Quality Manager Assurance and Control

22,000

27,000

HSE Engineer

12,000

16,000

HSE Manager

18,000

28,000

Process Development Manager

23,000

34,000

Process Innovation Manager

17,000

22,000

Process Engineer

11,000

14,000

Manufacturing Engineer

11,000

14,000

Head of R&D

33,000

45,000

Civil Engineer

8,000

15,000

Design Engineer

8,000

15,000

Maintenance Engineer

9,000

13,000

Maintenance Manager

18,000

27,000

Mechanical Engineer

9,000

12,000

Electrical Engineer

9,000

13,000

General Manager

53,000

75,000

Chief Production Officer

65,000

80,000

Operations Director

77,000

11,0000

Managing Director

94,000

130,000

Monthly salaries in UAE Dirhams (AED). Salaries provided are exclusive of any bonus, guaranteed or otherwise. 

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