In the private sector permanent recruitment is preferred. Candidate levels have remained steady but 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 supply chain review projects. Due to the short-term nature of these projects, employers are looking for people with experience in SAP, Pronto and Oracle 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 still seeing rising demand for specialist Category Managers particularly in organisations that are centralising their procurement function. Good candidates with specific end-to-end category management 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 NSW public sector is evident due to a number of large projects across Sydney.
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 niche Procurement Managers to buy equipment and those with a clinical/health background are highly sought.
Skills in demand
In terms of the January to March 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.
Category Managers are a hiring priority to fill new roles being created due to the increase in the centralisation of the procurement function. Category Managers with experience in health are also required to work on major hospital projects.
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.
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.