What skills are in demand in Procurement tech’ right now?

Since the end of the summer holidays, we’ve seen a significant spike in demand for people with experience of implementing cloud base procurement solutions, particularly SAP Ariba.  Typically we are being asked to recruit for people who can combine some technical skills with subject matter expertise in procurement technology and ideally the sort of experience that would enable them to thrive in a client facing role.

Strong communication skills and a good Project Management background are typically valued in such roles and would be a prerequisite for anyone seeking to move the spend management world from other areas like finance or supply chain solutions.

Besides SAP Ariba, experience of implementing solutions like Ivalua, Proactis, Coupa and other tools is also sought after by our clients.

We’ve got a host of opportunities in Europe including the UK, France, Benelux, Germany and the Nordics as well as overseas markets like Saudi Arabia.  Most are advertised on the jobs page of this site, so you can click the menu section above or here to take a closer look.

If you don’t see anything quite right but you have these skills then it is still worth getting in touch with us via info@edburydaley.com.

We’ll be offering our usual in-depth analysis of the wider market trends in our next Insider report which is currently in production and due for publication at the end of October. If you missed the last one it’s well worth reading judging by the feedback we’ve received from the market – download it here.

The SAP Ariba Procurement Summit – 10th October London

We are very much into conference season now in the procurement technology sector and next week sees the return of one of the best events on the calendar from SAP Ariba.

Graham Wright of IBM is amongst the headline presenters as he offers a presentation entitled “Step up or step out: A Procurement leadership masterclass.”

We’re delighted to confirm that Andrew Daley, founding Director of Edbury Daley will share the stage with Graham, and will offer his thoughts on what he sees and hears from the broader market on issues like the use of procurement technology, its impact of the future of the procurement skill set, and what the implications are for procurement leaders who want to hire for such skills.

It should be a great event and as Justin Sadler Smith (Head of United Kingdom & Ireland, Ariba Cloud Procurement at SAP) said it’s personal and about you as a procurement professional, 5-10-15 years what will you be doing and are you ready?” Justin has lined up a fantastic agenda with Patrick McCarthy, Guy Hubball, FCIPS, Paul Bray, Graham Wright, Andrew Daley, Martine Booth, Timo Worrall, James Marland and many more.

You can register to attend here: https://lnkd.in/eSicpEu

Climbing the career ladder in an increasingly automated world

There’s a lot of talk these days about the future of work and robots taking over. It’s been covered in a number of recent articles on the future of procurement by the likes of Spend Matters. I thought I’d give my view, as a recruiter, on how I’m seeing things change as the world of Procurement becomes further automated.

We are increasingly observing terminology like spend analytics, process automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning creeping into job descriptions.

And CPOs asking for us to find candidates that can “understand and agree our analytics vision” or “provide a step-change in the way we use data to inform our decision making and problem solving”.

Others have asked us to find people with experience of “delivering procurement technology projects in the context of broader procurement transformation initiatives”.

As a result we are seeing CVs that list key skills like:

  • Solution design and implementation
  • Process evolution and mapping
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Planning and delivering transformational training workshops.

But we’re finding that it’s adaptability and a willingness to learn new skills that are the key differentiator in today’s market. Attitudes to automation and new technology seem to vary dramatically, from people who see it as something that will put them out of work, to people who embrace the change and are actively developing new skill sets such as those mentioned above that will set them up for the future.

This is something that we’ll be exploring in more detail during a workshop I’m hosting at Basware Connect in London on 17th October. I’m hoping for a lively discussion where I’ll be sharing my own experiences and inviting outside perspectives on how people are climbing the career ladder in an increasingly automated world.

Connect is one of my top picks when it comes to conferences, it was a great event last year with excellent guest speakers and insightful content. You can sign up for free here.