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Supply chain and procurement

Why the supply chain and procurement function is important for an organisation going through change

The supply chain and procurement function sits at the heart of any product led business. Its performance can ultimately make or break the company’s success.

Organisations facing rapid growth quickly realise the need for a supply chain that is fit for purpose to help them scale up effectively. Therefore, the function is integral to any transformation programme.

However, it is still a function that many organisations don’t put enough emphasis on and therefore don’t recognise the benefits that it can fully deliver.

Supply chain and procurement interact with all people, process and systems aspects of the business, working together with sales and marketing to determine customer demand and the factors that will influence it, as well as working with finance to control raw material and finished inventory costs.

Supply chains are constantly transforming to align more closely with customer’s ever changing requirements. If you don’t evolve your supply chain to meet your customer needs from a quality and service perspective, then your customer will go elsewhere.

What type of supply chain and procurement talent do you need?

Closer alignment of the supply chain and procurement function to company strategy has led to a very competitive market for top talent at a leadership level.

Transformation and change management is a standard skill-set for anyone working within the function. Individuals who can think on a technical level from a process and data perspective, but who can also interact on an interpersonal level to build relationships across an organisation are in high demand.

Our specialist supply chain and procurement team hires across all industry sectors and supports our clients through hiring for the following:

  • Chief Supply Chain Officer
  • Chief Procurement Officer
  • Group Procurement Director
  • Procurement Director
  • Head of Procurement/Head of Procurement Operations
  • Strategic Category Leadership
  • Supply Chain Directors
  • Supply Chain and Manufacturing Transformation Leads
  • S&OP Director
  • Global Demand Directors
  • MRP Deployment Teams
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