Category Managers (Sales & Marketing) – Organisations are looking for good Category Managers with specific sales and marketing knowledge. This is a particularly difficult category to manage.
Category Manager - Indirects – Employers are continuing to focus on reducing their indirect category spending.
Procurement Specialists – There is still demand for procurement professionals with experience managing across all aspects of procurement within organisations. These specialists have chosen not to go down the category management structure.
Contract Managers – Organisations are continuing to closely monitor their existing contracts to ensure that they are getting the best out of their suppliers.
Senior Purchasing Officers – Small pockets of the manufacturing industry are increasing their staff numbers in purchasing so that they can maintain a closer focus on suppliers.
There are a number of part-time procurement contracts on offer; employers consider them value for money since they only pay candidates for the hours they work. Six-month contracts are also common, with a view to extend.
There has been an increase in activity in the mining sector given the start of new projects and a rise in staff turnover.
There remains a shortage of suitable candidates for retail buyer roles. There is also demand for specific manufacturing procurement candidates in niche industries such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
Demand for permanent positions is expected to continue and we anticipate job flow will become more consistent as employers move quicker when they are recruiting in order to secure the right candidate.