Is procurement too exclusive?

13 August 2009
The adviser question in the current issue raises an interesting point. The SM reader who wrote in was having trouble, because although he wants to join the profession, the opportunities available discriminated against him because he doesn’t have any experience. Many CPOs I talk to are enthusiastic about the prospect of bringing in staff from outside purchasing to take advantage of the category expertise or sector knowledge they might have. It is interesting the expert responses noted talking to the CPO as one of the best routes into the profession. I can’t believe there are really that many quality candidates in the marketplace, even with the current recession, that has reduced recruitment processes to a simple “tick box” exercise, over who has x amount of experience, x number of qualifications and has delivered x amount of savings in the course of their career. But there is a danger, in pursuit of greater professionalism, procurement will become an exclusive club open to very few. Which is exactly the situation the profession is trying to get out of at the moment.
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