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Hotspots of skills in demand

The Importance of Uspkilling

New Zealand’s active procurement market will create strong career advancing opportunities this half.

In highest demand are Category Managers, Procurement Specialists, Procurement Managers and Coordinators. Those with specific skills in property, IT and services will remain in particularly high demand.

Candidates with end-to-end procurement experience also continue to be sought. The need to manage internal customers and build long-term strategic relationships with suppliers has fuelled a requirement for candidates who also possess relationship building and stakeholder management skills.

Sustainability, corporate social responsibility, technological change and a need to educate internal stakeholders on the value of procurement remain agenda items in executive meetings and when planning procurement strategy and delivery. Consequently, candidates with skills in these areas of procurement have a competitive advantage in today’s job market.

Other skills in demand include commercial acumen, stakeholder engagement, influencing, people management, strategic planning and communication.

For senior roles, employers also look for candidates with exposure to digital technologies, leading end-to-end procurement activities, efficient management of the supply chain, budgeting, compliance and regulation, anti-corruption and ethical probity, outsourcing, risk management and exposure to global markets.

Jobseeker advice

The procurement industry holds various networking events so professional networking is a must. Consider what level of education and qualifications are required for your career. Joining relevant industry bodies, such as CIPS, can also add value to your CV.