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

Risk Control Manager

  • <500 000 Gauteng Permanent Procurement Consultant Projects / Category Management
R450 000 - R550 000 per annum.Location: Johannesburg ...More

Demand Planner

  • <500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Procurement Consultant
Salary: R500 000 - R500 000 per annum.Location: ...More

Fuel Logistics Manager

  • <500 000 Logistics & Warehousing Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Western Cape
Salary: R600 000 - R720 000 per annumLocation: ...More

Supply Chain Manager

  • <500 000 Gauteng Permanent Projects / Category Management Supply Chain
R650 000 - R700 000 per annum.Location: Johannesburg.A ...More

SENIOR BUYER

  • <500 000 Buyer Gauteng Permanent Supply Chain
R500 000 - R550 000 per annum,Location: Midrand,A ...More

Supply Chain Analyst

  • <500 000 Analyst Gauteng Permanent Supply Chain
Salary: R600 000 - R700 000 CTC per ...More

Supply Chain Manager

  • <500 000 Gauteng Permanent Supplier / Business Development Supply Chain
Salary: R600 000 - R700 000 per annum,Location: ...More

Demand Planner

  • <500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Permanent Projects / Category Management
Salary: R450 000 - R550 000 per annum,Location: ...More

Demand Planner

  • <500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent
Salary: R500 000 - R500 000 per annum,Location: ...More

Warehouse and Distribution Manager

  • <500 000 Logistics & Warehousing Permanent Procurement Management
Salary: R650 000.00 - R850 000.00 CTC pa,Location: ...More

National Supply Chain Manager

  • <500 000 Gauteng Permanent Procurement Management Supply Chain
Salary: R900 000 - R1 000 000 per ...More

Procurement Specialist

  • <500 000 Gauteng Permanent Procurement Management Procurement Officer / Specialist
Salary: R380 000 - R420 000 per annum,Location: ...More

Supply Chain Analyst Lead

  • <500 000 Analyst Gauteng Permanent Supply Chain
Salary: R1 000 000 - R1 100 000 ...More

CIPS Tutor and Coordinator

  • Gauteng Permanent Projects / Category Management Supply Chain
Commerce Edge South Africa,Division: Commerce Edge Academy,Location: Johannesburg, ...More

Warehouse Manager

  • <500 000 Gauteng Industrial Engineer Logistics & Warehousing Permanent
Salary: R480 000 - R600 000 per annum.Location: ...More

Senior Buyer

  • <500 000 Buyer Gauteng Permanent Procurement Consultant
Salary: R600 000 - R650 000 per annum.Location: ...More

Operations Manager

  • <500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Supply Chain
Salary: R700 000 - R800 000 CTC per ...More

Warehouse Manager

  • <500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent
R400 000 - R480 000 CTC per annum.Location: ...More

Supply Chain Analyst

  • <500 000 Analyst Permanent Supply Chain Western Cape
R400 000 - R500 000 per annum.Location: Cape ...More

Commodity Manager

  • <500 000 Commodities Gauteng Permanent Procurement Consultant
R650 000 - R750 000 per annumLocation: Cape ...More