Within the private sector the number of fixed-term contracts has increased in response to new projects.
We have also seen an increase in short-term assignments. A number of senior and executive candidates are looking for salaries of $120,000 and above, however these roles are rare and tend to be industry specific or very niche.
In other trends, more organisations are creating an internal procurement function and implementing processes for tighter control over costs. This is creating permanent roles for candidates with experience establishing procurement inside an organisation.
There are also a number of good entry-level roles available, such as Procurement Officer. This will help encourage people to commence a procurement career, which supports the growth of the industry.
Interestingly, the industry is looking to break the mould of traditional technical procurement by developing a broader skill set in the next generation. Therefore to be successful, candidates need to demonstrate soft skills as well as technical ability.
Within the public sector more long-term contracts are available. This is due to ongoing projects as well as candidates being seconded to other Government departments.
Hotspots of demand
Contract Managers are in high demand, particularly those willing to consider salaries of $80,000 to $100,000. In the public sector candidates with relevant experience who can hit the ground running are also sought to add immediate cost savings.
Contract Administrators with experience are sought, particularly mid-range candidates who are immediately available for temporary contracts.
Procurement Managers are also needed, but are in short supply since job flow is sporadic. When vacancies arise employers usually want candidates with extensive contract management, tendering and procurment experience. Candidates need to be aware that salaries within the construction, mining, oil and gas industries differ from salaries in the Government and public sector.
Sourcing Specialists are in demand too. Candidates need to be able to manage the process from contract approval to delivery.
ICT Procurement Specialists are still in high demand in Adelaide as the majority of resources have been secured on Government projects.
Purchasing Managers with experience in manufacturing are sought. Since cost savings are a big focus the ability to negotiate pricing and plan orders is key.
Candidates are willing to consider short-term and long-term contracts, although their preference remains permanent roles. They are looking for stability in a project-driven area.
Procurement and contract management is often incorporated into Branch or General Manager roles and therefore candidates with mixed skill sets stand out for varied roles.