Having been in the interim management
industry for nearly 15 years, I have seen how a volatile economy can affect procurement and supply chain businesses. However, although the outlook may be unpredictable, both companies and candidates are showing real resilience in order to achieve success and create opportunity.
The key message I am hearing from companies is that, although long-term recruitment is still treated with caution, there is a genuine appetite for transformation. Increasingly, companies are seeking to mitigate risk to their business, protect revenue and retain and up-skill talent where possible.
Conversely, another trend is personnel reorganisation, especially in cases where current staff members are no longer adding value to new processes. Slower economic times have given many firms the chance to reflect on the strengths of their staff, encouraging change where necessary and gauging reactions to that change, too. If new staff members are needed, then hiring a professional interim
with the appropriate skills and knowledge to bring real and lasting change is proving increasingly popular.
From a candidate perspective, entering this kind of marketplace can be daunting. As companies’ needs become far more specific, interims are required to work harder and smarter, tailoring themselves to the role offered and showing innovation. Additionally, because cost is consistently at the forefront of companies’ minds, creating efficiencies is crucial. If a candidate can demonstrate rational, lean solutions, whilst capitalising quickly on key relationships, they will put themselves in an enviable position and ensure they are a real agent of change in 2012.
Emma Richards, Head of Procurement and Supply Chain Practice