Procurement and supply chain job vacancies up more than 50 per cent

22 July 2013

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23 July 2013 | Adam Leach

The number of procurement and supply chain job vacancies was 50 per cent higher in June compared with the same month in 2012. 

The Procurement talent spotlight, published last week by recruitment firm Badenoch & Clark, revealed the number of vacancies increased by almost a fifth from May, 19.2 per cent. And compared with the same month in 2012, the number of vacancies was up by 58.1 per cent.

The monthly analysis highlighted collaboration, experience with returns processes and stakeholder management as skills particularly sought by recruiters. It explained with more and more firms moving tactical and transactional procurement to third-parties, the need for buyers to develop relationship skills is becoming more important.

Matt Gascoigne, executive director of procurement and supply chain at Badenoch & Clark, said: “Procurement teams continue to outsource tactical costly transactional work to specialist companies while maintaining hands-on control of strategic imperatives, driven by the need for businesses to reduce non-core costs, retain talented employees and accelerate business value creation – creating demand for stakeholder management and relationship skills.”

The recruiter also reported an increase in demand for candidates with proven experience of collaborating with suppliers, particularly from the retail sector. There was also a need for logisticians, driven in part by logistics being seen as key to customer service. Logistics vacancies increased by 15.1 per cent from May, up 44.3 per cent from last year.

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