22 June 2009
Raising procurement's profile will help attract the next generation of buyers, attendees at the CIPS central London branch (CLB) event on the 'Future of Procurement 2020', heard this month.
Ralph Diacon, a graduate trainee on the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) procurement management development scheme, said: "Our internal training in purchasing is considered as important as that of the accountants."
A procurement minister, more board representation and a formal training path for buyers would help overcome the difficulties of attracting talent, he said.
CIPS chief executive David Noble spoke at the CLB event, in what was the first week of his tenure. Other presenters were Rok supply chain director Jane Gibbs and Matthew Parker, strategic sourcing business partner at Royal Sun Alliance.
Summing up the four presentations, facilitator Dick Russill said a strong theme was purchasing's increasing role in pushing business forward and shaping its direction.