Buyers receive career development support

1 August 2012

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1 August 2012 | Adam Leach

Three-quarters of procurement professionals are given support from their companies to help them develop within the profession.

The latest SM poll of 100 buyers asked: “Does your organisation provide support to help you further your career?” It found 76 per cent believe they are being given the appropriate support, with 24 per cent saying their company doesn’t do enough. Buyers also discussed some of the initiatives currently in place.

Richard Merry, supply chain coordinator (UK) at Nuplex Resins, told SM: “The company runs a talent awareness programme, which basically looks at individuals to assess whether they are better suited, and might prefer, to be used in another section. Additionally, they help with funding for further education to give employees a step up within the company.”

Barry Carson, head of supply chain, B&W Mechanical Handling, said he is getting the support from his current employer, although he has worked for companies where that has not been the case: “My current organisation is very supportive in my career progression, however, other organisations I have worked for have been far less supportive. Purchasing and supply chain was historically deemed as an administrative function, merely processing orders for all other departments.

“There was also a plateau within the organisation, where the most senior purchasing/supply chain person was not at a level of seniority to influence the senior stakeholders. This lead to a degree of frustration and resulted in me leaving.”

Victoria Nicholson, demand manager at Omega Pharma UK, is another buyer who receives support. “Our culture and values drive ownership and promotes the growth of individuals,” she said. “It conducts regular talent reviews to ensure talent and ambition is recognised and supported. The company supports my professional development by enabling me to attend external industry-recognised courses and seminars.”

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£40,000 - £45,000 per year
£39,511 + substantial pension and benefits
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