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Employers seek buyers with networking skills
Effective relationship building and stakeholder engagement are seen as essential at all levels. Stakeholder engagement is the focus of procurement functions, second only to cost savings, according to recruitment firm Barclay Meade. The recruiter’s client survey of 120 purchasers revealed the majority (59 per cent) are concentrating on stakeholder engagement and are keen to employ staff with great networking skills. Russell Soan, associate director of procurement and supply chain at Barclay Meade, said: “One of the key interpersonal skills for many employers is effective relationship building and the ability to engage stakeholders at all levels of an organisation.”