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Jobs outlook: Procurement and supply chain jobs
The procurement and supply chain sector has been experiencing changes in recent years, and skilled professionals in the industry have been at the heart of this evolution.
At Michael Page, our dedicated team works hard to stay up to date with the latest industry news and trends. We also remain in touch with leading employers around Australia, which helps us to find suitable positions for talented candidates all over the country.
Take a look at our brief supply chain and procurement job outlook to learn what’s currently happening in the industry, what’s expected to happen next, and which jobs are most in demand right now.
The current procurement and supply chain industry in Australia
The recent changes in the industry have largely been due to improvements in efficiency, and the cutting down of costs. Our Salary & Employment Outlook highlights how the focus has moved to strategic procurement and supply chain at head office level, so those with end-to-end experience are getting greater attention in recruitment than those purely with purchasing experience.
The IBIS World Procurement and Supply Chain Consultants – Australia Market Research Report had similar findings. It suggests as Australia’s economy has opened up to international trade, procurement and supply chain consultants have been key in opening the doors for trade. Professionals have been working to source goods from new countries, improving procedures, adapting to new technology, and offering expert advice, leading to the strong market we see today.
Future forecasts for the procurement and supply chain industry
According to Job Outlook, the number of supply, distribution, and procurement managers has grown very strongly in the past five years, and will continue to do so in the next five. It has estimated that there will be 49,600 of these positions by 2022, up by 41,000 in 2017.
For logistics job prospects, those who have experience in structuring a business partnering function, writing procedures and policies, and then following those plans through to implementation are likely to see more demand in future.
Businesses will continue working towards more strategic services to support more cost reductions.
Procurement and supply chain jobs in demand
There are supply chain management career opportunities across the board in Australia. In particular, we’re seeing a steady demand for supply chain managers, supply chain analysts, and demand planning analysts.
In procurement, we often need procurement analysts, category managers, and any professionals with strategic sourcing experience.
For those in logistics, the demand is centered on professional warehouse managers, logistics and operations managers, and distribution center managers.
Ready to make a move into procurement and supply chain? Talk to our friendly team at Michael Page to find out what we have available right now, and to learn about new roles in the industry that might suit your skills.