Maintaining the efficiency of the procurement efforts of the employer’s key operations will be the responsibility of the chief procurement officer. She or he will need to keep in constant touch with the suppliers to ensure they are aware of future needs and also to keep costs as low as possible. Because procurement is so closely tied to profitability, the chief procurement officer will also need to be constantly surveying the market to find out whether savings could be made by switching suppliers, or indeed to decide whether a close client relationship is worth paying extra for if it brings efficiencies in other ways.
The procurement officer will need to have a keen sense of the market in which his or her employer operates, in order to gauge good costs and spot trends that could lead to prices rising or falling. Good intelligence will allow better planning to take place at board level, and the longer in advance they are made aware of such changes, the better will be their decisions.
The job will probably also involve a good deal of negotiation with suppliers to drive down prices, but a sensitivity towards their own requirements will be required; in some markets, suppliers themselves have a lot of bargaining power.
Good chief procurement officers can make a huge difference to the company’s expenditure, and therefore particularly skilled and experienced operatives can be remunerated extremely well.
For such a senior procurement role, the entry requirements will be strict. Typically, experience of working in a procurement environment should be several years, but ten or fifteen would not be an unusual request. Management skills will be required, as the chief procurement officer will be overseeing a whole team, especially in larger companies. And finally, experience in the type of goods being supplied to the employer will be hugely advantageous to potential candidates.
An ability to work independently of senior management and make critical decisions without constantly referring them to the board will be highly valued. Chief procurement officers will be judged on their experience and results, and as long as they are delivering and maximising profits, their personal stock will be forever on the up.
Cast UK were founded by specialists in the logistics, supply chain and procurement trade, and our consultants are also drawn from these backgrounds, so we know what employers and candidates are looking for.
If you’re looking for a job in procurement, whether you’re relocating for personal reasons or are simply looking for more job fulfilment, there could well be an employer who’s looking for the skills you have, so please get in touch with Cast UK. At any given time, we have jobs all over the UK, so wherever you live, or plan to live, we are well placed to find work that suits your skills. Employers often approach us to find managerial and executive candidates, so if you’re in logistics, we’d be delighted to hear from you.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Chief Procurement Officer for your business or find you a job as a Chief Procurement Officer then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
An administrative county of England that was abolished in 1974, East Suffolk was combined with West Suffolk and Ipswich to form the new county of Suffolk in East Anglia.
Evidence from archaeological sites suggests that people have been living in the region since the Neolithic Age. It was also occupied by the Romans for around 300 years. One of the most important ancient sites in the UK - Sutton Hoo - dates from the 6th century and contained an Anglo-Saxon ship burial and a number of other artefacts that are now on display at the British Museum, in London.
From the Middle Ages, the region's economy was mainly based on building boats, as well as rope and sail making. During the 16th and 17th centuries, East Suffolk also relied on salt making and the wool trade, while a number of mills were also opened, at least one of which was operated by the tides and is still in working order today.
These days, East Suffolk's economy is mainly service-sector based. The Port of Felixstowe is the UK's largest container port, while companies based in the area include Birds Eye frozen foods and OrbisEnergy.
To find out more about the Chief Procurement Officer opportunities in East Suffolk, contact Cast UK today.
Our team of recruitment consultants specialise in the procurement, logistics and supply chain sectors and we have an extensive understanding of the various employers and qualifications that are required for each vacancy.
We'll work with you to find the right role for your skills and abilities and we can also provide advice on how to get your career on the right track. In addition, our regional specialists can give you information on the level of salary you can expect to receive in a particular location, as well as who the top employers are.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within East Suffolk or source a new job in East Suffolk then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
As a candidate, our consultants work to ensure your next role adheres to all of your requirements, taking the time to discuss your career aspirations, long-term goals, suitable opportunities, and compatible businesses.