Since 2002, the Next Level Purchasing Association has been publishing its annual “Purchasing & Supply Management Career & Skills Report.”  Each year’s report reveals something interesting about the skills and training needed for measurably successful procurement, and 2014’s report is no exception.

This year’s report was based on data collected in a survey of over 1,100 purchasing and supply management professionals from around the world.  One of the questions asked of these participants is “What is the most important skill in purchasing and supply management?”

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As has been the case in every year within the last seven years (the “Recent Reporting History”), the top four skills account for over half of the responses. However, the movement among those top four skills from last year to this year is very telling.  Two movements in particular make noteworthy statements about how the purchasing and supply management function is evolving. 

 

First,”Planning & Strategizing” was voted the #2 skill in purchasing and supply management for the first time in Recent Reporting History. This is a statistical indication that backs up the long-held belief that corporate purchasing is continually getting more strategic and less tactical. Purchasing and supply management professionals are spending more of their time planning and strategizing and less of their time placing orders and expediting.

Second, for the first time in Recent Reporting History, ” Supplier Management & Development” was considered a more important skill than “Sourcing & Supplier Selection.” That is an indication that purchasing and supply management professionals are seeing value in spending more of their time working with improving the performance and capabilities of existing suppliers than continually finding new suppliers. Of course, purchasing and supply management departments will always need to do both. But this year’s new ranking represents a change in philosophy from one in which replacing suppliers was treated like a panacea for many purchasing and supply management ills.


Want to learn about all of the other findings, including the average cost savings and avoidance per procurement professional per year?  Check out the full report!

This report is available to all members of the NLPA and a Basic Membership in the NLPA is instant and doesn’t cost a cent! Here’s how to get your copy of the report:

If you’re already an NLPA member: Head over to http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/login.html, log into the members’ area, and navigate to the “Library” tab. There, you’ll find a link to the report as well as this year’s Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries Report.

If you’re not yet an NLPA member: Register for your complimentary Basic Membership in the Next Level Purchasing Association at http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/procurement-association.php?pcb. After doing so, you’ll receive an email with information about how to log in. After logging in, navigate to the “Library” tab. There, you’ll find a link to the report as well as this year’s Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries Report.


To Your Career Success,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer – Next Level Purchasing Association
Author – The Procurement Game Plan
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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