Traditionally, organisations try to hire procurement professionals who have the right qualifications. However, industry experts have recently said that this could be counterproductive, as the selected candidates may not have the necessary work experience. This can obstruct the smooth operation of a business, especially if it takes a lot of time and resources to train these professionals and bridge the experience gap. This means that organisations have to wait before they get a return on investment from their procurement recruitment.

The solution

Under such circumstances, organisations should consider hiring procurement interims. With no need to worry about permanent contracts, this option gives managers an opportunity to see what interims can offer and how well they collaborate with the permanent staff.

The insights that an organisation can get by hiring procurement interims are invaluable. It allows them to see how the interims can fit into the organisation permanently without making any commitment.

Bridging the skills gap 

More often than not, organisations hire mediocre candidates to meet an urgent need. However, it is best if organisations opt for a specialist procurement interim. This will benefit the company in two ways: firstly, they can fill the existing skills gap and, secondly, procurement interims can bring beneficial experience and knowledge to the organisation’s permanent employees.

Using this method to bridge the skills gap offers long-term value and benefits, even after the interim moves to another job. In addition to this, when organisations use specialist procurement recruitment agencies for interims, they can rest assured that the agency will vet the candidate thoroughly and save the company time and effort.

The bottom line 

Permanent staff are paid regardless of whether they work and meet their goals or not. However, procurement interims are paid for the work they complete and, once their assignment is over, they move on to a different position. As a result, companies do not incur further expenses and costs.

As well as this financial benefit, interims are always keen to share the best performance practices, as this has a direct impact on future work and their reputation. They realise that, by completing an assignment to the highest standards and within the stipulated deadline, they can gain stellar references and recommendations, thereby increasing their market demand.

So, rather than selecting the second-best procurement candidate, organisations should think about employing procurement interims. It will reduce pressure and stress on the permanent staff while enabling them to carry out their core responsibilities with relative ease.

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