Procurement largest area of Supply Chain recruitment for last 5 years

| 0 Comments
Offering_hand.jpgProcurement has been the largest area of recruitment for the last five years across Supply Chain Management (SCM) recruitment, Chantal Kading, assessment and career consultant with PeopleShop, tells SmartProcurement.

As organisations have moved their focus more to tactical and strategic procurement than operational purchasing, many new procurement departments have been established. The business value of developing a procurement department, from a cost to profit centre, is easily sellable to executives, says Kading.

Consequently, the recession has not hit procurement as hard as a number of clients have newly built procurement or strategic procurement departments and have expanded or bought-in skilled, specialised staff.

However, the little down-sizing that has taken place in procurement has mostly been on the operational side.

“Clients often do not replace people who leave. We have noticed an increasing work load across the supply chain, not just procurement,” says Kading.

Furthermore, there has been a progression from operational purchasing and buying to commodity management and strategic sourcing.

“Commodity Managers have been in big demand in the last 12 months.”

Mature companies are taking this further with increased supplier relationship management and process-, governance- and risk management roles being developed.

“Mining and resources were the early starters, but now across industries there is a move to strategic procurement and a focus on the whole supply chain,” explains Kading.

Conversely, she notes that some organisations have had difficulty in driving the adoption of commodity management which has prevented them and their suppliers from progressing on the supply chain maturity curve.

She adds that the latest international trend in true supplier development and collaboration is the use of methodologies like lean and Six Sigma, where customer service roles are being established in procurement, which has positively affected supplier performance and end user involvement. “This has elevated the visibility of procurement in the whole business”.

Interestingly, the recruitment of BEE Managers has not increased at the same levels, says Kading. Despite it being a buzz in the mid 2000s, she attributes its stagnant recruitment levels to the fact that the broader Supplier Relationship Manager and Contract Manager roles encompass BEE as a key element.

Need and demand for skills currently

South Africa has a good pool of senior procurement resources and SCM leaders, however the biggest gap is at the specialist level, says Kading.

There is a need to move operational buyers into sourcing specialist roles, she says.

“Candidates are not able to move up to the next level owing to a lack of education and key competencies. Specialists need strong interpersonal skills on many internal and external levels of the business to sell concepts and gain buy-in. They must be able to analyze data and solve problems, whilst maintaining ‘big-picture thinking’ and general commercial savvy.”

Meanwhile, Kading notes a further problem fuelled by commodity specialists moving on too quickly into commodity manager roles.

“Some commodity specialists make the jump within their current organisation, but most leave their current organisations with competencies not yet fully developed which reduces the pool of commodity specialists and the quality of commodity managers.”

For more information on the skills demanded in Procurement contact Chantal Kading at People Shop at chantal@peopleshop.co.za.

Leave a comment


SmartProcurement Newsletter
X

Please enter your details below to receive the SmartProcurement Newsletter for FREE on a regular basis.

As part of the SmartProcurement Newsletter you will be receiving World Class Procurement News, Tools, Tips, Tactics, Procurement Training updates, Upcoming Events, and the latest Procurement Career Openings.

* Email Address:
* Title:
* First Name:
* Surname:
* Company:
  Position:
* Country:
* Public / Private:

 

Career opportunites

Operations Manager

  • >500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supply Chain
Our client within the FMCG industry with a ...More

Warehouse and Distribution Manager

  • >500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent
An exciting opportunity awaits for a Warehouse and ...More

Demand Planner

  • <500 000 Permanent
Get an opportunity to be part of one ...More

Procurement Manager

  • >500 000 Gauteng Permanent Procurement Management Procurement Officer / Specialist
An opportunity for a seasoned Procurement Manager, who ...More

Industrial Engineer

  • >500 000 Gauteng Industrial Engineer Permanent Procurement Consultant
An exciting opportunity that offers extensive exposure on ...More

Deputy Director: Procurement

  • >500 000 Contract Procurement Management Procurement Officer / Specialist Western Cape
Department of Economic Development and Tourism:Procurement Specialist, Ref ...More

DEMAND PLANNING MANAGER

  • >500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Projects / Category Management
(Total Cost to Company R750k – R900K) excluding ...More

GLOBAL SUPPLIER PERFORMANCE MANAGER

  • >500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Projects / Category Management
(Salary: R 1.3M –R1.5M, dependent on level of ...More

GLOBAL CATEGORY MANAGER

  • >500 000 Contract Gauteng Procurement Consultant Projects / Category Management
Total Cost to Company R1mil – R1.2mil excluding ...More

Project Manager

  • >500 000 Contract Procurement Management Projects / Category Management Western Cape
 Description:A well-known retail organization is looking for an ...More

PROCUREMENT ANALYST

  • >500 000 Analyst Gauteng Permanent Procurement Management
Description:A leading infrastructure development group with strong presence ...More

Commodity Manager: Fuels and Lubes

  • Commodities Gauteng Permanent Projects / Category Management
 Ensuring continuity of supply in line with business ...More

Senior Facilities Manager

  • >500 000 Commodities Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent
(Total Cost to Company R800K – R900K) Johannesburg Our ...More

ENGINEERING STANDARDS MANAGER

  • <500 000 >500 000 Gauteng Industrial Engineer Permanent Procurement Management
(Total Cost to Company R350K – R550K) JOHANNESBURGYou ...More

Supply Chain Analyst

  • <500 000 >500 000 Permanent Procurement Officer / Specialist Supply Chain Western Cape
(Total Cost to Company R350K – R550K)  SOUTHERN ...More

Security Manager

  • <500 000 >500 000 Gauteng Permanent Projects / Category Management Strategic Sourcing
(Total Cost to Company R350K – R550K) JOHANNESBURG This ...More

Demand Planner

  • <500 000 >500 000 Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Projects / Category Management
(Total Cost to Company R450k – R550k, dependent ...More

Procurement Specialist-Randburg

  • >500 000 Gauteng Permanent Procurement Management Procurement Officer / Specialist
(Total Cost to Company R700k – R800k including ...More

Solutions Architect

  • >500 000 Gauteng Industrial Engineer Permanent Projects / Category Management
(Total Cost to Company R1.3Mil – R1.1Mil including ...More

MANUFACTURING MANAGER - OLIFANTSFONTEIN

  • >500 000 Gauteng Permanent Projects / Category Management
(Total Cost to Company R850k – R950K including ...More