Boom in buyer career opportunities

31 October 2011

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31 October 2011 | Adam Leach

Demand for purchasers at all levels of the profession has increased significantly compared to last year.

According to figures published today by CIPS and Hays Procurement, the number of procurement officer jobs has increased by 200 per cent, demand for senior buyers is up 110 per cent and there were 75 per cent more job opportunities for procurement managers between April and June this year.

The data also revealed that the number of procurement jobs offering a salary between £75,000 and £100,000 had increased by 35 per cent in the first half of 2011.

CIPS CEO David Noble said the increasing demand was borne out of a need for companies to review their business strategies in order to reduce costs.

“This entails much more than finding the cheapest possible solution and needs people with the skills and knowledge to understand the true value that procurement and supply management professionals add to the reputation and success of the organisation, along with robust risk management strategies,” he said.

Pat Law, managing director at Hays Procurement, explained that despite rises in unemployment, demand in the purchasing profession remains high. “While overall unemployment levels have increased, we continue to see a strong demand for procurement professionals. There are some exciting procurement roles, but job seekers really need to demonstrate that they are a solid investment.”

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