FMCG 'hot sector' for buyers

21 June 2013

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21 June 2013 | Adam Leach

Companies in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) space are looking to bolster their purchasing teams with technically and commercially savvy buyers, according to a recruitment firm.

The latest Talent Spotlight, published by Badenoch & Clark‎, reports particularly strong demand for procurement and supply chain professionals in the sector.

Attributing the spike to companies embarking on restructuring programmes and added pressure to tighten supply chains, it reported a rise in roles across all levels of seniority.

Duncan Ward, operations director of procurement and supply chain at Badenoch & Clark, said: “Recruitment within the FMCG supply chain market has picked up dramatically, with many large internationals currently hiring, creating increased competition for the best talent.”

Ward said competence with SAP, strong commercial awareness and familiarity with business planning processes were the key skills required.

The report, which is based on Badenoch & Clark internal data, also highlighted strong demand for IT procurement specialists, as a number of companies target increased efficiency on technology spend. In the area of project managers, the transport sector showed the strongest rise.

Demand for permanent roles rose 14.8 per cent year-on-year and 5.9 per cent month-on-month, while demand for contract workers rose 15.2 per cent year-on-year and 18.2 month-on-month. Temporary roles were down 16.1 per cent from the same time last year.

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