As the world’s fastest-growing procurement and supply chain event, Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE 2023 was a disruptive learning and networking event that showcased some of the industry’s top speakers across innovation, thought leadership and strategy.
People & Talent: Procurement Recruitment Strategies
An expert in the field of recruitment and retaining talent, Scott Dance, UK&I Procurement Engagement Director at Hays in his role supports organisations in this field.
Procurement and the talent gap
It is well known that the procurement industry is facing extreme challenges when it comes to finding the right talent, largely driven by low unemployment levels, the ‘great resignation’, and the tendency to follow traditional recruitment methods rather than diversifying the talent pool.
In his keynote, Dance highlights that from a retention perspective, there is a gap between what employees want and what companies offer. Career development plans are lacking and employees feel stuck.
Dance emphasises that organisations should rewrite the job description to be more diverse, avoid biased language, and consider factors like hybrid work, company culture, and different projects. He also highlights that while salary is important it shouldn’t be the sole focus for organisations wanting to attract talent.
"Money isn't everything. We're seeing people go from the private sector to the public sector and taking pay cuts because they want to give back to the community,” says Dance.
Reevaluate the process
Dance concludes his keynote by suggesting that companies should reevaluate their recruitment processes, starting with employee value proposition (EVP) and consider a more diverse and inclusive approach.
He also stresses the importance of articulating what candidates will gain from joining the organisation and focus on internal mobility and career development.
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