Be afraid ...

11 May 2007

Oh dear.

If The Apprentice is meant to represent the pinnacle of Britain's business youth, the procurement profession ought to be very, very worried.

The contestant's attempt to demonstrate their buying and negotiation skills was nothing short of shambolic. Celebrating the negotiation of a £1 discount would probably have had most professional buyers hanging their heads in shame. Equally pathetic was the lack of skill shown during the sourcing process. Woe betide the purchasing manager who only uses a quick glance through the Yellow Pages for sourcing their suppliers.

But perhaps the show proved something that many purchasers have said to me recently - everyone thinks they are a buyer, but it really does take specialist skills. Is it the case that a reasonable showing in the task would have been beyond anyone without a purchasing background - or is it simply that the contestants were rubbish?

(You can catch a repeat of the show next Tuesday at 7pm on BBC2)

LATEST
JOBS
Swindon, Wiltshire
upto £40K base (+ Paid overtime and corporate benefits)
Honda Manufacturing Ltd
Kew gardens, Richmond upon Thames, London (Greater)
£37,000 - £42,500 per annum pro rata, depending on skills and experience
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
SEARCH JOBS
CIPS Knowledge
Find out more with CIPS Knowledge:
  • best practice insights
  • guidance
  • tools and templates
GO TO CIPS KNOWLEDGE