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The number of procurement and supply chain job vacancies was +50% higher in June compared with the same month in 2012 according to recruitment firm Badenoch & Clark.
The Procurement talent spotlight report revealed the number of vacancies increased by almost a fifth from May (+19.2%), and compared with the same month in 2012, the number of vacancies was up by +58.1 per cent.
The monthly analysis highlighted collaboration, experience with returns processes and stakeholder management as skills particularly sought by recruiters. In addition, the report focused on the need for buyers to develop relationship skills, given that more firms are moving tactical and transactional procurement to third-parties
Matt Gascoigne, executive director of procurement and supply chain at Badenoch & Clark, said: “Procurement teams continue to outsource tactical costly transactional work to specialist companies while maintaining hands-on control of strategic imperatives, driven by the need for businesses to reduce non-core costs, retain talented employees and accelerate business value creation – creating demand for stakeholder management and relationship skills.”
The recruiter also reported an increase in demand for candidates with proven experience of collaborating with suppliers, particularly from the retail sector. There was also a need for logisticians, driven in part by logistics being seen as key to customer service. Logistics vacancies increased by +15.1% from May, up +44.3% from last year.