A few weeks ago, we offered an infographic aiming to answer the question: What are companies looking for when hiring in Supply Chain? That post clarified and condensed some of our recruiters’ most commonly-given advice to candidates into a highly-visual, readable format. Today, we’re going to drill down and offer a similar infographic, but specifically for Procurement, which is one of the most important sub-disciplines in Supply Chain Management.
What are companies looking for when they’re hiring in Procurement, the discipline that manages what companies buy (as part of direct production as well as all the indirect goods and services needed to make a business run), the function that manages relationships with external and internal partners to drive value and make a business more strategic? The skillsets are similar to those required of Supply Chain more generally, but there are also a number of specific skills and experiences that companies are looking for when hiring in Procurement specifically.
For the record: we’re talking here about strategic Procurement – the kind of roles that attract high-potential, high-performing strategic thinkers – rather than more transactional, junior roles. For strategic Procurement, the variety of skills is actually pretty wide.
So let’s dig in:
There is of course more to be said about each of these skills. The infographic is meant to provide a visual digest of the skills that are most in-demand for Procurement professionals. Dig into our archives for some more detailed information about each of these skills, and how Procurement superstars can boost them to separate themselves from the competition.