12 Recruitment & Staffing Trends within Procurement, Supply Chain, and Logistics

In an ever-evolving business landscape, where global supply chains are being reshaped, and procurement strategies are adapting to meet new challenges, staying ahead in talent acquisition is paramount. The right professionals in procurement, supply chain management, and logistics can make all the difference in an organisation's success.

In 2023, several industry trends have begun to shape the recruitment process in these sectors:

  1. Digital Transformation and Automation:

Companies are increasingly adopting digital technologies to enhance efficiency and reduce costs. Candidates may be apprehensive that this puts their jobs at risk but, in reality, it’s simply a shift in skill priority. Professionals who can implement and manage AI-driven tools will be high in demand. To remain competitive, candidates should expand their understanding of how AI can be used for tasks such as demand forecasting, inventory optimization, and process automation.

  1. Supply Chain Resilience:

The pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in supply chains which many companies are still responding to. In order to future-proof their operations, employers are seeking candidates who can design and implement resilient supply chain strategies. There is a demand for experts in risk management, supply chain diversification, and crisis response planning.

  1. Sustainability and ESG:

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations are becoming more and more important by the day. Consumers and business partners are increasingly interested in choosing companies that are in line with their own values, particularly on sustainability issues. Recruiters will look for candidates who can integrate sustainability into supply chain operations, with experience in green procurement and circular supply chains.

  1. Local Talent Pools:

Even though remote work is still desirable to candidates, companies are regressing to on-site roles. This means employers can no longer hire from different regions and are therefore limited to the candidates within their local area. Companies will need to compete for the top local talent, or else be open to upskilling talent if they cannot find the experience they need.

  1. Data-Driven Decision-Making:

Data analytics continues grow as an area of interest as efficiency is key in all areas of procurement, supply chain, and logistics to drive informed decisions. Candidates proficient in data analysis tools and interpretation will be in demand, helping to optimise processes and reduce costs.

  1. Skills Development and Upskilling:

Technological advancements are bringing rapid changes to the world of procurement and supply. Companies are wise to invest in training their workforce to keep up with the changes. Recruitment will therefore need to identify candidates who are open to continuous learning and upskilling Learning and development specialists will also be sought after in order to implement comprehensive upskilling programs.

  1. Hybrid Work Models:

As we mentioned earlier, remote working does still remain a desirable perk for candidates and, where they can’t get fully remote, hybrid arrangements are a close 2nd best. Companies offering flexible work arrangements will remain attractive to top talent. HR professionals should focus on how they can give candidates the work-life balance that they need.

  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI):

Like all sectors, diversity initiatives are integral to recruitment strategies. Companies of all kinds are working to foster inclusive work environments – procurement and supply are no exception. DEI specialists and recruiters with expertise in diverse candidate pipelines will be essential.

  1. Collaborative Supply Chains:

Collaboration among supply chain partners is critical for healthy, resilient operations. Professionals who can facilitate collaboration among suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors are highly sought after. Employers will be looking for skills in supplier relationship management and collaborative technologies.

  1. Evolving Regulations:

In a post-Brexit world, changes in trade policies, tariffs, and regulations are still in flux. They will continue to have huge implications on procurement and supply chain operations. Compliance officers and regulatory affairs specialists will therefore play crucial roles in keeping a company operating smoothly.

  1. Remote Recruitment and Onboarding:

Even when hiring local talent, virtual recruitment processes are here to stay. Recruiters will need to adapt to virtual interviews and assessments. If a company is still offering fully remote roles, they will also need a strong remote onboarding process.

  1. Industry-Specific Expertise:

Different industries, like healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and e-commerce, have unique supply chain and logistics challenges. Employers are seeking candidates who already have experience in their field rather than generalist professionals.

Recruitment in these industries will continue to evolve as technology, sustainability, and global events shape the landscape. Adaptability and a willingness to embrace these trends will be key for both job seekers and employers.

Our specialist Procurement & Supply division are always on hand to discuss the trends they’ve seen in the industry. Email our Divisional Director, Carl Walker, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a chat.

 Back to Elevation News

View our latest vacancies

Interim Accountant

Find Out More...

1st Line Support Technician

Find Out More...

Quality Technician

Find Out More...

Design Manager

Find Out More...