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9 July 2012 | Adam Leach
The FTSE 250 firm recently hired its first CPO to identify and deliver savings from its £100 million annual spend with around 1,200 suppliers. In support of CIPS president David Smith’s theme of inspiring the next generation of buyers, head of procurement Nykolas Bromley is offering a place for a procurement trainee for the first time.
In an interview with SM, Bromley, who began in the role three months ago having previously held positions at Marks & Spencer and Tesco, said there are a number of opportunities for both him and the trainee to make their mark. “The thing that attracted me was the variety in the role. I’ve been in category management before, where I was looking solely at logistics or professional services. This is the first role where absolutely everything is up for grabs. You could be looking after marketing one day, IT the next and legal services the day after that.”
He said the successful trainee would need a strong analytical background and excellent stakeholder management skills. “This is not a business that’s familiar with procurement so there’s a bit of a sell. You’ve got to engage them and help them understand the value you can bring.”
Henderson is looking for recent graduates, school leavers, those interested in an industrial placement year and those looking for a career change to join the business on a short term basis for up to 12 months.
CIPS president Smith is calling for purchasers to do their bit to promote procurement as a career choice to school leavers, graduates and those looking to take their career path in a new direction. He has asked them to take one day a year to promote the profession and suggested speaking at schools or careers fairs.