Fixed-term project managers in demand

19 December 2012

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19 December 2012 | Anna Reynolds

Buyers with expertise of fixed-term projects are in demand, according to recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark (B&C).

The recruiter’s Talent Spotlight report for October and November highlighted key trends in the procurement and supply chain profession. The first of these was greater demand for fixed-term project managers.

Duncan Ward, operations director for procurement and supply chain at B&C, said: “Employers require expertise on fixed-term contracts to help manage projects such as software implementation and business migration.”

There was also more demand for employees who can deliver both on a strategic and transactional level as businesses look to drive staffing efficiencies.

Ward added: “There has been a 15 per cent increase [in demand] for supply planners by primarily large, multinational, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. This is due to the need for more and better collaboration across the supply chain and the centralisation of some teams.”

The study also pointed out companies need to align their goals and objectives with sales and operations planning. B&C said professionals with this ability and working on this were particularly sought after.

Looking ahead to 2013, Neil Syred, private sector procurement and supply chain manager at B&C, told SM: “The global market place is volatile so there will be a need for a more dynamic and flexible approach to employment. For greater resilience in the supply chain, employing the right people is business-critical.”

Syred added that the UK is a clear hub for supply chain professionals and supply chains will be driven by international development next year.

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