If you’re thinking of starting a career in procurement and supply chain, you’ve chosen the perfect time. And if you’re contemplating the next step in your career in this dynamic sector, all power to you. We may be living in challenging times, but that also means taking the positives where we can get them. And working in procurement and supply chain right now is a very positive thing.
This article reveals the reasons why it’s such a great sector to base your career and direct your energies. From the ability to make an impact from day one to being at the forefront of digital transformation, read on to discover why it’s a great time to work in procurement and supply chain.
You have a seat at the table from day one
Procurement and supply chain professionals are usually encouraged to share their ideas and expertise from day one. As a highly collaborative and fast-moving sector, there simply isn’t room for so-called ‘deadwood’. Even as a junior you are encouraged to contribute and innovate. You might not be privy to high-level information straight away but you will almost certainly be expected to add value to the organization, which means getting involved with strategic conversations and plans. Not something you can say about all career paths!
You’ll be at the forefront of digital transformation
Procurement and supply chain has had some bad press in recent years about being slow on the uptake to digital transformation. But that appears to be shifting. AI technologies, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), Predictive Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and drones are all becoming increasingly integrated technologies in the sector. Helping to streamline processes, tackle risk, improve communications and automate workflows.
The good news for new entrants to the market, or for people who want to further their career, is that businesses, both large and small, are looking for the top talent to help run the new digital show. So, if you’re interested in technology, have experience in this area or are keen to upskill, contact our team today. We’d love to help you find that perfect role!
You’ll benefit from exceptional development opportunities
We mentioned earlier that procurement and supply chain is a dynamic sector. When it comes to career progression and development opportunities it is off the charts. If you have a knack for the type of work required, are hard-working and focused, great at problem-solving and love a challenge you will find a home in procurement and supply chain. The majority of middle to senior positions require a wide range of skills. From negotiation to leadership, conflict resolution to leadership, you’ll be following an often steep but highly rewarding career path with amazing opportunities for the right candidates.
You’ll have the opportunity to make the world a better place
If this sounds like a lofty ambition, hear us out. Both supply chain management and procurement play a critical role in environmental progress, protecting human rights, promoting fair labour practices and fighting against corruption. You could be working alongside sustainability campaigners to tackle waste in the supply chain or reduce carbon emissions. Or you could be in charge of auditing suppliers to make sure their working practices are safe, fair and compliant with global human rights. These are just two examples in a wide range of possibilities. Not bad for a day’s work!
You are rewarded for your efforts
Alongside the rewards mentioned above, procurement and supply chain professionals are well rewarded for their efforts. The CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) reported growth in procurement salaries overall in North America of 4.6% in 2021. It is also a sector that is recruiting at a rapid pace, putting you in the driving seat when it comes to finding the job that you want. So, if that sounds good why not give us a call. We would love to hear more about your plans and ambitions for the future. And we would love to talk to you about the opportunities available to you.
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