Sourcing Specialists – Specialists with a focus on front-end contract development and negotiation are sought. These hires are aimed at reducing overall costs and improving quality of product and services from vendors.
Procurement Analysts – These professionals are needed to assist procurement and sourcing teams in analysing business spend, inventory levels and other procurement specific measurable targets. They also play a major role in developing strategies aimed at reducing costs across a business.
Contracts Managers/Administrators – These individuals manage contracts post award and ensure that business units are using approved suppliers, and that approved suppliers are delivering the service required.
IT Procurement – There has been demand for IT Procurement professionals at various levels to cover projects that need to be completed before the end of the financial year.
We are seeing a major shift towards the recruitment of strategic procurement professionals. A lot of businesses previously hired more transactional procurement experts such as Purchasing Officers and Buyers due to the volume of work. However businesses are now looking at ways to reduce costs without sacrificing quality of product or service.
Therefore we are seeing a lot of employers hiring procurement professionals who can assist in reviewing their business’s performance and help implement procurement systems and procedures that are designed to reduce costs across the business.
Employers are looking to add new headcount this quarter. We have seen an increase in temporary roles especially at the junior levels in the public sector. Some departments and statutory authorities are still going through restructuring, and this will potentially create more temporary roles early this year.