It would be fair to say that within the supply chain organisation, the importance for at least one key employee to be responsible solely for procurement is often overlooked. Efficient procurement management calls for experienced individuals who have the necessary skill level to make crucial decisions involving increasingly complex projects.
Bis Henderson are aware that employers face considerable challenges in recruiting suitable candidates when there is a skill gap in both the supply chain and procurement in the public sector. Before commencing the search for the best talent, there should be clarification on the procurement landscape and the specific expertise required for the vacant role. Will the employee be responsible for the purchasing transaction all the way through the client process and final engagement in the supply chain operation?
Avoiding a skill mismatch is paramount. Effective procurement management should ideally deliver a combination of project, client and industry skills and requires more than simply achieving the best value for the lowest price.
The Bis Henderson procurement recruitment team will put forward candidates for pre-interview selection who not only tick all the necessary qualifications on their C.Vs, but also show the potential to remove any inefficiency within the existing supply chain organisation and improve strategic collaboration. It is also important to confirm the selected applicants have the right personality profile to be a perfect match not only with the corporate culture, but also with the established practices and goals.
It is essential for the future success of the supply chain, to inspire young individuals to invest in a career in procurement management. The interviewer should take the opportunity to provide the best possible candidate experience and to promote procurement as an excellent field for advancement in a rapidly evolving industry.
Not only must the candidate impress the interviewer, the employer brand conception is vital to ensuring the best talent is secured and retained, in order to shape the future of the workforce strategy.