Supply chain professionals in demand


Hiring of supply chain and procurement professionals increased in quarter one, a trend that is expected to continue in the current quarter, according to the latest quarterly job market update from recruiter Robert Walters

Supply chain professionals in demand
Supply chain and procurement professionals in demand
April 19, 2012

Hiring of supply chain and procurement professionals increased in quarter one, a trend that is expected to continue in the current quarter, according to the latest quarterly procurement, supply chain and logistics job market update released today by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters.

Awareness of the impact an efficient supply chain and procurement strategy can have caused positive movement in this candidate led market, says Robert Walters Manager - Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics, Alastair Pennie.

"There was no obvious industry that was recruiting more than others, but the effects of the continued growth in the resources sectors was still felt," he says.

"The trend across the board was to focus on cost-reducing measures and overall effective business operations, which is where talented procurement, supply chain and logistics came into play.

"We expect a further increase in recruitment in the next quarter, as companies continue to examine their bottom line."

In the purchasing area the update found the most in-demand professionals were strategic category managers as employers focused on long-term, sustainable procurement plans as opposed to tactical, tender heavy processes.

In supply chain, there was a demand for junior candidates who could coordinate an entire supply chain.

S&OP experts were also in demand, as the majority of products are being imported from overseas and longer lead times make for more complicated forecasting.

Professionals that possessed any of these sought-after skills were harder to attract and were in short supply, Pennie says. This led to slight salary increases.

On the supply front, senior professionals were the most readily available due to a lack of opportunity at that level, resulting from a smaller pool of positions.

"With much more movement on the junior level due to a candidate-driven market, those professionals found there was more competition for roles, which in turn meant companies could be more stringent in their selection process," he adds.

Professionals were generally still open to hearing about new opportunities, even if they were happy in their employment.

Professionals that were on the move in procurement were mostly looking for an employer who displayed a true strategic approach, with sponsorship from the top down, the firm notes.

"In supply chain the most desirable employers were product specific with strong branding," says Pennie.

And organisations recognised there was top talent in the market, but the best candidates were often passive, not overtly seeking new opportunities and were therefore harder to find, he adds.

"We expect to see an increase in hiring activity in procurement, supply chain and logistics as companies continue to examine their costs," Pennie says.

Professionals who will be most in demand, he believes, will be supply chain coordinators, supply chain and procurement analysts, strategic category managers and S&OP experts.

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