From the archive: Desperately seeking senior buyers

15 October 2007

Proficient senior buyers were in short supply five years ago.

More than three-quarters of respondents to a survey carried out by Accenture said they found it difficult to recruit qualified senior buyers, and two-thirds found it difficult to recruit buyers and sourcing analysts.

The report said communication and teamwork, integrity and ethics, and supplier negotiations were the skills most in demand. E-procurement and IT skills were the lowest priorities.

How have things changed? We talk about non-buyers filling skills gaps, so are they now a trusty fallback if we can’t find appropriate buyers? And are soft skills still more important than technical skills?

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
CIPS Knowledge
Find out more with CIPS Knowledge:
  • best practice insights
  • guidance
  • tools and templates