As discussed in Tuesday’s post, the purchasing manager position has changed and evolved over the last couple of decades from one of primarily clerical function to that of a strategic thinker. The extensive use of international markets led to creation of situations in which various companies are closely competing from a broader geographic footprint. Prices of the commodities have skyrocketed and many companies decided to outsource some of their tasks that were once done within their jurisdictions. These changes made the purchasing performance even more critical to the success of the company. That is why your company also needs to update the kind of individuals that they are hiring in order to better position themselves for the future.
The Significance of Updating Purchasing Job Descriptions
Purchasing job descriptions play a very significant role in the company regardless of the pursued management option. Hence, an outdated job description may have undesired effects on the management strategy of the company. It can set a very low standard in terms of skill levels that the company is looking for in its employees. In addition, utilizing outdated job description may result to hiring new members of the team who appear to have the necessary skills to succeed in purchasing. These skills however are only applicable for the past years and not the skills needed to succeed today. That is why, in today’s challenging field of business, it is vital to have an updated purchasing job description.
When evaluating the job description you will need to consider the 2 major parts of the purchasing job; one section is the description of responsibilities and the other one is the qualifications for the said position. The qualifications section will include experience, education and certification. Among the qualifications, the certification is the part wherein most companies unknowingly sabotage their efforts in recruitment. Even during the past 5 years, certifications and education has changed. Unless your company is closely monitoring these changes, your job descriptions might be suffering from it.
Tips on How to Re-Evaluate Job Descriptions
Here are the guidelines on how you can re-evaluate your job descriptions.
Remember that it is essential to include qualification stability in the purchasing job description for recruitment of new employees and motivating the present ones.
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