The procurement and supply chain sector has had to deal with a variety of challenges in recent years, many of which are ongoing. At Bramwith we are seeing an increasing number of businesses reaping the benefits of recruiting temporary workers to fill short-term gaps in their workforce. However, selecting and recruiting temporary workers for the procurement and supply chain sector can be challenging. In this article, we’ll look at some of the benefits of hiring temporary workers and will reveal top tips for selecting and recruiting temporary workers for procurement and supply chain roles.
Benefits of hiring interim workers for procurement and supply chain sector
As mentioned above, hiring interim workers for the procurement and supply chain sectors can provide several benefits for businesses. These include:
Flexibility: Interim workers can provide businesses with the flexibility to respond to short-term staffing needs or sudden changes in demand.
Cost savings: Hiring interim workers can be a cost-effective solution for businesses that do not have the resources to hire full-time staff.
Access to specialized skills: Interim workers can provide businesses with access to specialized skills and knowledge that may not be available in-house. They can also bring a new perspective to projects from outside experience.
How to decide what kind of interim worker you need
Before selecting and recruiting interim workers for the procurement and supply chain sector, businesses must decide what kind of workers they need. Here are some tips to help you decide:
Assess your needs: Before hiring an interim worker, businesses should assess their needs carefully. This involves understanding what tasks the interim worker will be responsible for, the duration of the assignment, who they will be working with and reporting to and - of course - the required skillset and attributes.
Determine the level of experience required: You must be clear on what skills and experience are required for the role. This will depend on the complexity of the role and the tasks involved.
Consider cultural fit: Making sure the candidate will fit in is vital. You should be able to see them getting on well with their colleagues, having the right personality to deal with clients and so forth. They should also be aligned with your company’s values and culture.
Questions to ask during the recruitment process
Once you have determined what kind of interim worker you need, it’s time to start the recruitment process. Some of the usual questions you ask in preliminary interview rounds will apply here but there are also a few that relate specifically to temp workers.
Number 1 below, is a good example. While you are only expecting the successful candidate to stick around for the length of the contract it is important to get an understanding of why they are looking for interim work and what made them pick this role. You don’t want to risk taking someone on who is still actively looking for a permanent role elsewhere.
However, if there is a possibility of the role becoming a long-term opportunity you could also ask questions about how a candidate would feel about this.
Here are some questions to ask during the recruitment process:
We hope this article has given you some ideas about the kind of temporary worker that would help your business. If you want to find out more about recruiting temporary procurement and supply chain professionals for your business, get in touch today. We have access to the top talent and we would love to help.
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