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April - June 2016

In the private sector permanent recruitment is preferred. Candidate talent pools have reduced as the job market has improved and successful applicants must be able to demonstrate prior experience in the category they are applying to work in.

Employers are also recruiting temporary staff to fulfil needs, such as procurement analysis projects. Due to the short-term nature of these projects, employers are looking for people with experience in procurement, analysis and advanced Excel skills who can hit the ground running.

We are also seeing employers replace permanent staff leaving the business with temporary staff to reduce costs.

We are seeing rising demand for Procurement Specialists particularly in organisations that are centralising their procurement function. Good candidates with specific end-to-end indirect procurement expertise are in short supply and soft skills are becoming integral when managing stakeholders and suppliers alike. Overall, quality candidates are thin on the ground and candidate attraction is key.

Meanwhile, demand for candidates to fill contract roles within the Victorian public sector is evident due to a number of large projects across Melbourne.

We have seen an increase in contract positions within local government as a result of employee secondments to different areas. In addition local government has had a requirement for Contracts Officers to prepare tender documentation and manage the tender process for Councils.

Skills in demand 

In terms of the April to June quarter Purchasing Officers with specific software experience such as SAP, Pronto and Oracle are needed for roles in fast paced environments where they will be expected to hit the ground running. We are also seeing high demand for Purchasing Officers in small to medium organisations. Companies in the manufacturing sector are in particular need of Purchasing Officers to fulfil the day-to-day purchasing function. Very few candidates at this level are available as the salary range is not very competitive.

Supply Chain Coordinators with full circle supply chain experience who can manage contracts, purchasing, warehouse and the logistics function are also in demand.

Sourcing Specialists are required for cost reduction and process improvement projects.

Procurement Specialists are a hiring priority to fill new roles that are being created due to the increase in the centralisation of the procurement function. Procurement specialists with end to end procurement expertise in indirect services such as marketing, ICT, facilities management, utilities and fleet management are sought.

Contracts Managers/Administrators are needed as part of the commercial procurement function to manage large/multiple complex contracts. For public sector projects hiring tends to be on a contract basis.

ICT Procurement Specialists are in good demand particularly candidates who have experience completing a full procurement process from tender to implementation.

Procurement and Finance Managers are sought too as they can add dual skills resulting in costs savings to a business.

Senior Procurement Advisors are required for Victorian Government departments to provide end to end procurement expertise within VGPB guidelines.

Candidate trends

Candidates with specialist category and sourcing experience are harder to find and generally require a broader search.

We are seeing more candidates searching for long-term, stable employment. As a result many are more willing to negotiate salary package benefits if work-life balance is on offer.


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