Bis Henderson recruiters frequently find that employers are unclear on which specific attributes they should look for in a candidate during a procurement recruitment campaign. This is especially the case when a traditional purchasing department needs to update in order to meet the demands of an increasingly complex supply chain operation. Firstly it is essential for there to be no communication gaps between HR or the hiring manager and the recruiting team when selecting the resourcing model. It’s not unusual for a procurement job specification to change radically once the role is clearly defined. The employer may well overlook key talents and valuable personality traits that would be of considerable benefit and even more so when hiring for a brand new position in the team.
Bis Henderson are fully aware that the client needs more than a procurement recruitment service and their consultants will always offer strategic advice on long-term planning for future staffing requirements, ensuring not only stability but also innovation. Although well constructed C.Vs should give a good indication of qualifications, work history and interests, only during the face-to-face interview will broader qualities be established.
Procurement management is a people-centered role, and calls for the ability to work well as part of a project team and communicate effectively not only with colleagues, but also with customers and suppliers. The interview gives the opportunity to explore how the candidate spends their leisure time and will provide far more clues to the overall personality than may be expected. Someone who enjoys networking for example is likely to be a good listener and open to the ideas of others, far more than a candidate who has more introverted pastimes. Interview questions should establish whether they take part in activities that require effort and discipline and if they enjoy learning new skills.
An eagerness for personal development show the right mind-set for improvement and progression in the work-place. Are they creative? Creativity generally stimulates a natural desire to upgrade procedures and initiate change. If the candidate is able to show they are happy to accept responsibility outside of work, the indication is that they are comfortable in taking the lead and will be capable of making decisions under pressure and rapidly come up with a solution.
Efficient procurement management doesn’t entirely rest on an aptitude for figures with a focus on price. Bis Henderson recruiters understand the priorities and objectives in sourcing the right people from the right places and how to always ask the right questions.