Although a relatively new position, there is now a growing recognition of the importance of a Chief Procurement Officer within the supply chain organisation. Many employers are aware that the centralisation of expenditure and the tight control of expenses is paramount. Bis Henderson are increasingly asked by clients to find the best CPO candidates with a specifically targeted procurement recruitment search.
At this executive level, broad experience and skill-sets are required, together with the right personal characteristics. The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate historically high performance levels in management, supervisory and strategic planning roles. The best CPOs should be able to create and steer sourcing teams, introduce new initiatives and set new performance targets and metrics.
Bis Henderson’s specialist recruiting team will only select candidates for short-listing with proven achievements.
Above and beyond
Far more is required for this high level position than an aptitude for figures. Soft skills are also essential and relationships must be developed not only with suppliers and clients, but also between colleagues at all authority levels. A Chief Procurement Officer also has a responsibility for implementing management programmes with the organisations key suppliers, taking the lead in negotiations and improving supply procedures.
The high demand for the best talent to fill executive procurement jobs calls for a carefully structured recruitment campaign. It is crucial that the right candidate is selected for the role to avoid a costly mistake which could ultimately damage the organisation. Well before the face-to-face interviewing begins, BiS Henderson consultants will have pre-screened all potential candidates, including the verification of references and qualifications. Not only should there be a good job specification match, there must also be the right fit with the cultural and corporate style.
Know what you're looking for
If this is a first time recruitment for the role of a CPO, the client may not be clear on what specific qualities they are looking for. BiS Henderson however, will use their wealth of industry experience to identify the prime contributing factors, helping to ensure the client makes the best hiring decision possible and that the selected candidate is a major asset to the organisation.