Say 'procurement' on Australian census next week

5 August 2011

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5 August 2011 | Adam Leach

CIPS Australasia has called on buyers in Australia to present a united front and state their job title as ‘procurement’ in next Tuesday’s national census.

The ‘Say it on the Census’ campaign is encouraging all buyers, purchasers and category managers to consolidate their various job titles under the umbrella term ‘procurement’ in order to increase the profile of the profession.

CIPSA managing director Jonathan Dutton said: “What we are asking is for people to ensure that, where it is legitimate and accurate to do so, they use the word ‘procurement’ in describing their occupation.”

As the campaign points out, this doesn’t stop people from classifying the specific nature of their role. Example job titles include procurement manager, procurement executive and procurement officer.

With more than 4,000 CIPSA members in Australia and the profession having grown in the country since the last census was carried out, the campaign hopes to make a substantial impact on next week’s survey of the population.

Dutton said: “When the last survey was taken in 2006, less than 300 people listed ‘procurement’ as their profession. We have grown in size, influence and importance in the five years since then, and we can prove it by making a concerted statement about ourselves and our profession.”

By increasing the prominence of the profession in the Census 2011 data, CIPSA hopes to increase pressure on the government to classify it as a ‘fully-fledged’ profession. Dutton said: “CIPSA is working to have procurement recognised, by the Federal Government and the broader business community, as a mainstream profession. The more procurement professionals who state so in the Census, the more likely that recognition will be forthcoming.”

One of the potential benefits to this would be for procurement to be placed on the special migration list that would make it easier for companies to recruit international procurement staff. Australian procurement professionals are urged to spread the word about the campaign by telling their colleagues.

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