The procurement market is picking up coming out of the summer period and within the world of indirects there seem to be two main spend areas of focus in the market – IT and Logistics.
The IT market is busy as companies in the consumer goods space continuously build on their technical capacity, driving a need for procurement managers with experience in this space (especially those with a black book of contacts, as IT providers are even busier!).On the Logistics side companies are focused on innovative delivery methods, with the continual rise of on demand and multi-channel fulfilment across the consumer goods and retail industry. In addition, the ongoing focus on sustainability and environmental impacts on supply chain, procurement teams are more and more focused on their relationships with logistics service providers.
Over on the direct procurement side of things, the food industry is booming, with a significant focus on ingredients categories and innovation within strategic sourcing methods. The ingredients market has always been volatile, especially in the fresh produce industry, and companies are looking to invest in having the right people in place to ensure they are first choice to their suppliers when demand outweighs supply. In the UK, procurement teams are looking to the future to predict the impact of Brexit on the ingredients category, with much of our supply coming from the EU.
We’ve been busy across all of the above categories, with ongoing IT projects with Boston Consulting Group, Adidas, Royal Mail and DSM and recent logistics placements at ForFarmers and MJN. In the directs market, we’ve recently placed ingredients roles with Bigham’s and Little Freddie.
Lucy Morgan - Director and Partner
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