Hays Purchasing & Supply Report Cost Efficiencies Fuelling Procurement Demand
on: July 21, 2009, 5:41 am
Industry: Human Resources
According to Hays Purchasing & Supply, the leading specialist
recruitment company, the implementation of efficiency and cost control
drives within organisations has led to a sustained demand for
experienced purchasing professionals.
"Many SMEs and smaller companies are being required to improve the supply chain to
protect their profit margins, which calls for sophisticated planning and improved
procurement within the market. Blue chips and larger organisations are also driving
supply chain improvements to ensure the route to market is increasingly efficient,"
commented Pat Law, Managing Director at Hays Purchasing & Supply.
This has led to a steady demand for supply chain professionals, as employers seek to
recruit for a range of purchasing jobs, including
procurement, sourcing and contracts managers as well as those in
"The diversity of roles spans across industries; from pharmaceuticals, food, fast
moving consumer goods and the service sectors. Energy and utilities are also
particular growth areas," continued Law. "Salaries and benefits packages have
remained competitive although jobseekers are being more flexible when it comes to
remuneration and location to secure their next role."
With many organisations cutting back on their learning and development budgets as
part of cost-cutting programmes, the onus is on employees in procurement jobs to assume responsibility for their
own development by demonstrating flexibility and making themselves indispensable. "Candidates should be looking for challenges and projects that broaden their
experience, enhance their skill set through continuing professional development,
whether through formal or informal training and they should look to take on extra
responsibilities and seek ways to add value at every opportunity. Project based work
outside of the 'day job' should be used to stimulate ideas and new ways of
thinking," advised Law.
Working in an interim capacity, especially for those who have been made redundant in
the current market, provides an excellent platform to gain experience of diverse
industries. "There is however more competition for those interim roles," said Law. "It should also be noted that there are excellent opportunities for skilled
jobseekers in both the public and private sectors, and therefore it is important for
jobseekers to explore all available options and look to maximise their transferable
Employers are expecting more from their recruits and it is up to individuals to
deliver results from the outset, "Previously, organisations might have taken on a
candidate who ticks the majority of boxes, filling any knowledge gaps with training
to hone their skills. But now candidates need to hit the ground running and show how
they can add value by making the current processes more efficient," remarked Law.
Commercial organisations are increasingly looking to improve their existing
procurement teams, making them more efficient, effective and leaner to ensure a
knock-on effect on profitability. "Each part of an organisation needs to be
operating at maximum efficiency and as a result the focus for senior management is
to cut costs across every step of the supply chain, from purchasing to final
delivery," concluded Law.
Note to Editor:
Hays Purchasing & Supply is part of Hays plc, specialising in purchasing and supply
jobs including warehousing jobs and contracts and supplier
management. It is market leader in the UK and Australia, and one of the market
leaders in Continental Europe. The Group employs 8,294 staff operating from 380
offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.
For further press information please contact:
13 - 15 Carteret Street
020 7630 4282