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Procurement skills supporting economic resilience in Ukraine

Procurement Skills Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has accelerated the growth and refinement of procurement in Ukraine, which was previously a relatively immature and non-formal practice, according to a recent article by Nick Martindale in Supply Management for CIPS.

Research by IPSM (the International Procurement & Supply Management) – a Ukrainian company that helps businesses embrace more transparent and effective practices – revealed that sixty percent of procurement professionals in the country feel they have improved their function in some way since the onset of the war.

Half of the country’s procurement professionals said they relied on their personal skills and flexibility over the past year, while 42% pointed to supplier management and 39% to negotiation skills.

Further stats highlight a lack of reliance on technical techniques, with just three in 10 using risk management processes and only 17% deploying category management techniques.

Meanwhile, in the area of technology, 14% have increased their use of automation, while 23% are making it a focus for the future.

There is a strong sense of many organisations attempting to continue operating as best as possible in the current conditions.

Most procurement professionals (59%) have remained working with their former suppliers, while 46% reported that savings are not the main aim for their team or wider management. A further 45% said they would prioritise improving supplier management in the future.

The research also investigated the way in which the war has impacted those working in procurement in other ways.

Unsurprisingly, mental health scored high, with 55% of respondents admitting that they have faced burn out in some form during 2022, while 26% said they constantly face professional burnout and 81% felt they are working at the limit of their professional capabilities.

Perhaps most encouragingly, 80% of those surveyed are still keen to acquire new knowledge, with 65% of managers understanding the need to invest in training their teams.

For further insight, see the full article in CIPS’ Supply Management.

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