Career Development


As the leading recruiting expert and Career Development Knowledge Partner of CIPS, Hays Procurement & Supply Chain has a wealth of experience to support you every step of the way through your career.

Our resources provide you with guidance when starting out your procurement career, through to planning your journey to the top, and information for when you recruit on how to attract and retain the best talent.

The range of resources and tools includes CV writing guidance, interview skills and tips, competency assessments, competency tools and much more.

To discuss the next step in your procurement career or your hiring needs contact Scott Dance, Director at Hays Procurement & Supply Chain or locate your nearest Hays office.

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Resources

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Are perceptions of procurement changing for the better?

Procurement’s role in an organisation is shifting from a tactical function to a strategic one, but for this to happen the value that procurement can offer must be realised. A key part of achieving this is through changing perceptions of the profession away from merely being a cost-saving function. Our research delves deeper into whether perceptions of procurement are changing for the better, along with the challenges leaders must overcome.

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Salary Survey

Are your application processes too long to attract procurement talent?

Although demand for skilled procurement professionals continues to be high, over half of employers face challenges finding the right talent. One area where employers are losing out on prospective candidates is during the application process. Our What Workers Want research shows that time, or the lack of it, means that professionals are less engaged when applying for roles. So what can you do to avoid losing candidates during the application stage?  

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Four ways to define your business case

How to catch the eye of the right procurement, supply chain and logisitics professionals 

The latest insights from the Hays What Workers Want 2018 report shows that many employers are missing opportunities to attract and retain talent as a result of avoidable roadblocks on a candidate’s application journey. For procurement, supply chain and logistics professionals, a job advert is often their first interaction with a new employer. However, 46% say they have left a job within the first year because misleading job advert content meant the job did not meet expectations. We outline three areas for employers to address when it comes to job adverts to help find the right professionals.

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Six lessons that shaped my career

Our CEO, Alistair Cox, discusses the lessons that helped to shape his career: “I started my career out of university in 1982 and since then I’ve had a number of interesting roles across several diverse sectors. I’ve not had a great many jobs, each one lasting five years plus, and last year marked my tenth year in my current role at Hays. However, along the way I’ve learned my own lessons and developed my own beliefs about managing that journey and over the holidays I thought I would write them down.”

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Discover your ideal employee and write their job description 

Our 4 key steps and Talent Guide will help you identify your perfect match. Firstly, you need to consider if your new hire will be temporary or permanent, define the role requirements you need for your business and the essential skills you must see from a candidate. Then define your corporate culture, think about fit in terms of behaviours and then it’s time to articulate this into a specification.

Download the talent guide to get further guidance on this and on writing a job description: 

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Improving diversity in procurement:  four focus areas 

As procurement becomes ever more valued within organisations, employers continue to struggle to find the talent they need. We often advise employers to consider candidates outside of their ‘normal’ talent pool to be able to meet this challenge, such as female professionals. We discuss four areas for employers to focus on to help diversify teams, and overcome the challenges of a skill-short market.

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How to reach the top:  Advice from a younger manager

Becoming a successful manager can be a daunting prospect for some, and even more so for younger professionals aiming for leadership positions. It takes a great deal of perseverance and dedication to reach the top. We spoke to the most recent winner of the Young Manager of the Year Award at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Annual Awards for Excellence to find out their advice for anyone hoping to become a business leader themselves

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The three solutions to overcome procurement skills shortages 

The Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 Guide paints a positive picture of activity plans in procurement for the coming months. We have found that over half of procurement employers expect their organisation’s activity to grow in the year ahead, regardless of market uncertainty, and 67% plan to hire in the same timeframe.

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The five skills of strategic procurement leaders

It is an exciting time to be working in the procurement profession. The importance of procurement continues to go from strength to strength, and an increasing number of organisations are making the move from a tactical to a strategic procurement function.

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Preparing private sector procurement for IR35

In April 2017, updates to IR35 legislation in the public sector created challenges when hiring interims. These changes will also impact the private sector at some point, so preparation is key to avoid the same impacts.  We summarise the challenges faced by the public sector alonside advice on how your organisation can prepare accordingly.

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3 Solutions to overcome procurement skills shortages

Persistent skills shortages continue in the procurement profession, as revealed in our Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 Guide. This is negatively affecting employee productivity and morale as well as organisational plans for growth. We offer three solutions to help employers overcome these challenges.

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DNA of a CPO

Today’s procurement and supply chain leaders operate in a world
of continuous change. They have transitioned from a tactical to
a strategic function where they contribute to overall business
efficiency and competitiveness and directly impact the bottom
line. This creates quality opportunities for those entering the
profession but it’s important people set themselves up for success
if they want to rise to the top.

Today’s procurement and supply chain leaders operate in a world of continuous change. They have transitioned from a tactical to a strategic function where they contribute to overall business efficiency and competitiveness and directly impact the bottomline. This creates quality opportunities for those entering the profession but it’s important people set themselves up for success if they want to rise to the top. 

In our report we share the insights and experience of our network of top, highly motivated and incredibly successful CPOs. The report details their paths to success including their pivotal career and learning moments and their advice for the next generation of professionals.

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Procurement salary increases to support strategic change

The Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide shows that skills shortages are prevalent in the procurement profession, causing employers to increase salaries so they are able to compete for the most in-demand professionals. We discuss recruiting trends for the year ahead and the roles seeing the greatest salary rises.

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Salary Survey

Discover how you can enable equal pay in senior procurment roles

The CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights 2017 Report found that large pay gaps still exist in senior procurement roles, where men can earn 25% more than women. So how can you fix this? 

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What do procurement workers want?

82% of procurement, manufacturing and logistics professionals consider themselves to be ambitious, with the provision of training an important aspect to furthering their career.

Hays explored the priorities of over 13,650 professionals across a broad range of professions and sectors including procurement, manufacturing and logistics to find out what motivates them at work every day and what would encourage them to move to another organisation such as yours.

Watch the What Workers Want webinar for essential recommendations on how to be a more effective employer of procurement professionals, making you better able to retain and attract the talent you need, featuring guest speaker Gerry Walsh, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and Scott Dance, Director at Hays Procurement.

Watch the webinar 

What do procurement workers want

Three skills your procurement teams need to ensure ethical supply 

A well-rounded procurement professional must develop more than just the traditional technical skills if they want to progress in today’s   market. As well as finding the best value for their organisation by balancing the price against the quality of goods or services, it is becoming ever more critical for them to be able to ensure suppliers are both ethical and sustainable.

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About Hays

About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruitment group, and the market leader in the UK and Australia, placing professional candidates into permanent, temporary and interim jobs. 

Specialist recruitment is all about people. Over 7,979 people make up our worldwide team, working out of over 240 offices in 33 countries; we share ideas, knowledge and experience across businesses and territories to deliver outstanding results.

Our people work with job seekers and employers to place the right people in the right jobs; we invest heavily in equipping our staff with the skills to perform to the highest standards while developing their careers.

We serve over 20 specialisms, covering everything from accountancy and finance to construction, IT, education and healthcare. Across many of these sectors, we also have further specialised teams dedicated to public services, not-for-profit, executive and international recruitment.

Providing excellent customer service underpins our business and is an area we monitor closely in order to maintain our position as market leader. Our customers benefit from the specialist sector knowledge of our consultants and our extensive office network and industry contacts.

Hays Procurement

We understand the impact that a procurement team can have on the success of an organisation and the difficult task that many procurement functions face in having to adhere to budgets and saving targets while ensuring value for money and delivery excellence.

Our expert team of consultants is dedicated to supplying organisations in the public and private sectors with the procurement professionals they need. Through a national network of regional offices, we provide staffing solutions on a temporary, interim and permanent basis.

We work with many of the UK’s leading organisations helping them to recruit the best procurement talent in the market. Our consultants are dedicated to key procurement areas such as interim management, indirect procurement, direct procurement, public sector and senior appointments - enabling them to build up expert knowledge of the recruitment market in your area and a deep understanding of the specific procurement skills, experience and technical knowledge needed to succeed.


For more information please visit the Hays website.

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CIPS/Hays Salary Survey


CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Survey 2019 – Closes Monday 1 October

CIPS/HAYS Salary Survey 2019 Take part

Now in its fifth year the CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights has been read by almost 15,000 of you. It is fast becoming known as the benchmark for the profession as a salary guide plus offers an insight into benefits and skills in demand by both employees and employers.

Last year over 5,500 of you completed the survey globally allowing us to extend our reporting beyond the UK to cover South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australasia, MENA and the growing interim market.

For 2019 we intend to include further countries, depending on the level of responses.

Take the survey today.


The CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights 2018

 


Alternatively, download:


25 April 2018 - Procurement pay rises outstrip UK average, but gender gap widens

4 May 2018 - Are you being Paid enough?


DOWNLOAD WEBINAR RECORDING | CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights 2018

Download the webinar recording to hear Scott Dance, Director, Hays Procurement & Supply Chain present the survey findings and trends for the UK. 

 


The CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights 2017