Category Managers – Indirect Category Managers are sought to assist in strategic development for new projects. We are also seeing demand for category management expertise in the financial services industry in response to transformations. Both generalists and specialists are sought, with the key requirement being demonstrated true end-to-end category management methodology and experience.
Contracts Managers – Contracts Managers were in high demand to negotiate contracts before the end of financial year, and demand remains high for their skills as organisations look for expertise to manage a contract from end-to-end.
Purchasing Officers – Good quality Purchasing Officers with SAP skills are in demand as companies roll out this specialised software. In addition, we are seeing an increase in demand for Purchasing Officers with shipping, freight or logistics experience with overseas suppliers. Given growing overseas manufacturing, low cost country sourcing or supplier relationship management experience is increasingly sought.
Purchasing Analysts - Organisations are adding to their headcount in this area of specialty as they examine spending more closely.
Advanced Excel skills – Candidates at any level, from Purchasing Officers through to Category Managers, need to be able to confidently analyse spend, suppliers or opportunities using Excel. This requirement is very common in job descriptions.
SAP, Pronto and Oracle skills - Employers in Western Australia’s mining and oil & gas industries are looking for candidates with SAP, Pronto or Oracle skills. Most of the major companies in these industries use these systems and consider previous experience to be highly advantageous.
Employers prefer to recruit on a temporary basis in Australia’s procurement jobs market. The market is candidate rich, although there is a shortage of those skills mentioned above.
Even when they intend to create a permanent role, employers will often recruit initially on a temporary basis while they wait for headcount approval. In most cases, the temporary candidate will be offered the permanent role, provided they have proven to be the correct fit.