CPOs should not rely on a single talent sourcing technique. Instead, they should adopt a multi-pronged approach to find the right talent. The key lies in collaborating with the right recruitment expert and consultant, specialising in procurement recruitment. They can also apply the following techniques, used by a specialised procurement recruitment company.

Social media

LinkedIn has become the main social media networking site to find procurement talent. Many organisations and recruitment companies search the different groups to find candidates who are the right fit. It is best to join procurement-focussed groups to find talent. It is an effective way to ensure you get the right-fit candidates.

Candidates should also be active in discussions on LinkedIn, to showcase their knowledge of procurement and supply chain. They should also use the platform to network so that they have a wider audience and can connect with decision-makers and recruiters to ensure the best results.

Online job posting

Companies are more likely to post vacancies online than professional recruitment agencies. The reason for this is simple – organisations believe that active job seekers will browse online advertisements and apply for the job. However, recruitment professionals believe that the high procurement performers are too busy and get attractive compensation from their current employers to check online job ads. Therefore, recruiters often use other methods to attract this talent and are more effective in their attempts than online job posts.

Organisations can still use online job postings to find talent. After posting the job, they can do a resume search on Google, as many high performers have websites and update their resume to highlight current achievements.


This method of recruiting procurement professionals is more effective than organisations believe. Procurement recruitment consultants and experts often connect with candidates they have placed successfully in an organisation to recommend other candidates.

If you are a procurement professional looking to change your job, or you want to alter your job profile, remember that networking pays. Being active on LinkedIn will not only bring you to the attention of procurement recruiters but also organisations looking for procurement talent.

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