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Q4 2022: Procurement & Supply Chain Market Update - Netherlands

  • November 21, 2022
Q4 2022: Procurement & Supply Chain Market Update - Netherlands

As we near the end of 2022, Simon Pickerell, Associate Director, takes a look at the Procurement and Supply Chain recruitment market in the Netherlands...

The previous quarter has opened up many talking points within the Procurement & Supply Chain sector: “Is this the end of globalisation?”, “Will digitisation actually solve the supply chain issues?”

Having recently interviewed Andries Feikema, who is a keynote speaker in this space, he suggests a successful program is not about the technology itself, but how to be a successful leader within a digital business transformation.

Only 12% of all change processes meet or exceed expectations (Bird.A , Lichtenau.T , Michels.D 2016). Despite the enormous sums of money and the time that is invested during the implementation process, digitalization seems to be on every organization’s agenda today.

Many leaders are frustrated at digitalization programs that take too long, cost too much, and produce results that are too slow and meagre.

But how can you be successful with digital business transformation programs in your organization? Where to start, what to take into account first, what to prioritize to become most successful? Which are the critical performance indicators? Why?

If it is your organization’s goal to follow up on trends affecting Procurement, then first realize it. It will be a continuous process that includes technology changes, novel strategic approaches, new processes, and necessary adaptations to yet another change.

“Digitalization is not just a tool implementation, but a business transformation."
- Andries Feikema

I am happy to say we have agreed to collaborate with Microsoft to host a CPO roundtable to explore many of these questions. If you are interested in attending, please reach out.

From a recruitment perspective, a recent poll of 120 people (EMEA HR) suggested that employees are now prioritizing the hybrid model above salary and benefits - I am certainly seeing this trend. I think, as a responsible employer, we need to recognize that hybrid working is here to stay; however, we are still learning what this balance looks like. I believe the next 12 months will be critical in creating these new working models, not only to attract new talent, but retain existing employees.

I believe EMEA Recruitment’s approach is a testament to our continued growth across multiple sectors, from Finance and HR to Procurement & Supply Chain. Our tailored approach to each search means we have a deep understanding of the candidate’s and employer's expectations and needs. This attention to detail is crucial in a very competitive and fluid market, and sets the standard for current recruitment practices.

With more than 20 years of recruitment experience across multiple sectors and organisations, it is a pleasure to be part of an organization that is looking to raise the bar in the recruitment industry.