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Are Canadian businesses underinvesting in supply chain/procurement teams?

Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President on Friday, Jan 15, 2016

SG2016 Blog image: Procurement/supply chain leadersTraditionally procurement and supply chain have been seen as a cost centre, a necessary function with the main goal of negotiating better contracts and finding the best vendors.

However, procurement and supply chain interacts with all business units at a variety of levels and it is uniquely placed to find and assess services that will meet the company’s current needs, and anticipate future ones.

Is your company making the most of these opportunities for efficiency and improvement?

The function is getting a lot more visibility across a range of industries and organizations as more companies recognize the role’s strategic potential and work to integrate it across the business. One quarter of supply chain professionals say their department is increasing in influence with senior management, according to the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) Annual Survey.

View the DNA of a Supply Chain/Procurement Leader for more
insights from Hays and SCMA.

However, in the Hays Canada 2016 Salary Guide, 30 per cent of procurement and supply chain respondents say they except headcount to decrease in 2016.

In uncertain economic times in can be tempting to freeze or reduce headcount, but business leaders should consider the short and long-term benefits of having the crucial business acumen, relationship management, and change leadership skills on their supply chain and procurement teams. Forward-thinking companies are investing strategically to make the most of these advantages.

Another insight from the SCMA survey is that a lack of clear career paths and advancement opportunities is creating a major satisfaction gap. This corresponds with the changes we’re seeing across a range of sectors and departments as employees rate career progression as more important than salary.

Strategic supply chain and procurement departments are key to business success, and career progression is crucial in retaining the employees you need, who will become the procurement and supply chain leaders who can lead your company in the future.

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