Procurement

Procurement

DSJ Global: A Leading Supply Chain Procurement Recruiter

From sourcing raw materials and services to managing contracts and relationship with suppliers, procurement and supply management is a complex, strategic, challenging, and ultimately rewarding sector to work in. Professionals in this space enable an organisation to operate in a profitable and ethical manner. Companies can spend more than 70% of their revenue on procurement, according to the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), so even small cost reductions can have a big impact on the bottom line.

As a leading talent partner delivering mid-senior end-to-end supply chain talent, we help secure business-critical talent through permanent, contract, and multi-hire recruitment in planning, procurement, technical operations, engineering, and logistic services.

Guided by the five values that shape our DNA, DSJ Global delivers a streamlined service that we can be proud of. From uniting talented professionals with industry-leading companies across the globe to investing in world-class technology for consistent, exceptional service, we deliver what customers want, when they want it.

If you’re looking to secure the top talent within the supply procurement industry or you’re a professional searching for your next procurement opportunity, the specialized team at DSJ Global can connect candidates and clients through a range of bespoke talent solutions.

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Procurement Jobs

Global Category Manager

Global Category Manager (Medical Device) Location: Georgia, USA Level: Manager SUMMARY We are dedicated to advancing global healthcare through the manufacturing of innovative Class III medical devices and our mission is to improve patient outcomes by developing high-quality, cutting-edge medical technologies. As a leader in the industry, we are committed to excellence, innovation, and ethical practices. We are currently seeking a Global Category Manager to join our dynamic team and help us drive our global sourcing and procurement strategies. You will be responsible for developing and executing category strategies that align with our company's goals and ensure the seamless procurement of high-quality medical devices worldwide. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to optimize supply chain efficiency, cost management, and supplier relationships on a global scale. The Global Category Manager will have these responsibilities: * Establish strong relationships with key suppliers and vendors internationally, negotiating global contracts and agreements to secure favorable terms and pricing while maintaining quality standards * Prepare and present regular reports, dashboards, and key performance indicators (KPIs) to senior management, providing insights into procurement performance, cost savings, and other relevant metrics * Lead the purchasing function to ensure the acquisition of high-quality, electromechanical raw materials at competitive prices. * Strong understanding of global supply chain dynamics, industry standards, and manufacturing processes related to highly regulated indusries * Develop and manage budgets, forecasts, and key performance indicators (KPIs) related to category spend and supplier performance. * Excellent and professional negotiation, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders at all levels. * Ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements, industry standards, and company policies related to sourcing and procurement. * Travel internationally as needed to support global sourcing and supplier management activities. The Global Category Manager has the following qualifications: * Master's or Bachelor's Degree (preferably in Engineering) w/ 5-8 years of category management experience * Must have experience in a highly regulated, electromechanical manufacturing industry * ERP/MRP Systems experience is required BENEFITS * Annual Bonus with Competitive 401k * Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance If you're interested in this new and innovative opportunity, please apply by clicking here.

Negotiable
Georgia
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Category Manager Professional Services (m/f/d)

A prominent German Advertising and Media company headquartered in Cologne is looking for a dynamic Category Manager with a focus on Professional Services. In this role, you will be primarily responsible for procuring services in areas such as consulting, personnel services, marketing, travel, IT, facility management/real estate, and temporary employment. Additionally, you will support other product groups. Key responsibilities include: Monitoring and determining company requirements. Systematic design and optimisation of procurement processes. Strategic responsibility for the procurement process, including tenders. Timely evaluation of offers and suppliers, preparation of results, drafting contracts (e.g., service contracts/temporary employment), and invoice processing. Ensuring regulatory compliance (e.g., Supply Chain Protection Act, CSRD). Serving as the contact person for all internal customers, external suppliers, and service providers. Qualifications: Completed commercial training and at least 3 years of professional experience in purchasing/procurement. Strong negotiation skills, the ability to work independently with high commitment and customer orientation. Proficiency in MS Office programs, especially Excel, and SAP MM. Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, quick comprehension of complex topics, and a hands-on mentality. Active problem-solving strategies and enjoyment of cross-departmental teamwork. Willingness to continue training and participate in trade fairs and seminars.

Negotiable
Cologne
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Global Procurement Excellence Manager

A mid-sized chemical company is looking for a Global Procurement Excellence Manager to join their procurement excellence function in Europe. This greenfield position is part of the investment into the function to upskill, develop and mature the procurement function as a whole. Reporting directly into the Global Director of Procurement Excellence you would have a high level of autonomy within your niche, being able to specialise in a particular process. Key Responsibilities: Own global processes and lead initiatives to enhance procurement excellence Develop and implement strategies to streamline procurement processes and systems. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify opportunities for cost savings and efficiency gains. Provide guidance and support to regional procurement teams, fostering a culture of excellence and continuous learning. Stay abreast of industry trends and best practices in procurement, leveraging insights to drive innovation and improvement. Requirements: Fluency in English is essential, with proficiency in other languages considered advantageous. Proven experience in procurement excellence, with a strong understanding of source to contract processes and procurement systems. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across diverse teams and stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to drive change and implement process improvements in a complex, global environment. Benefits: Opportunities for career growth and development within a global organization. Chance to make a meaningful impact in shaping the future of procurement function Dynamic and collaborative work environment with a focus on innovation and sustainability.

Negotiable
Amsterdam
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Gem Buyer

A leading jewelry retailer is seeking an experienced Gem Buyer to join their team in South Florida. This is a full-time role that will require you to be on-site. Responsibilities: Stay informed about market trends, pricing, and demand for gemstones. Analyze data to make informed purchasing decisions. Conduct price analysis and assess profitability of products Negotiate prices, terms, and quantities with vendors to ensure profitable transactions. Evaluate gemstones based on factors such as color, clarity, cut, and carat weight to assess quality. Manage inventory levels, place orders as needed, handle returns, and maintain records Collaborate with sales & marketing teams to promote gems and jewelry pieces, aiming for profitable sales. Requirements: You MUST be GIA certified to be considered for this position. Proven gemological experience Prior purchasing experience in the jewelry industry preferred Strong organization and analytical skills Ability to communicate effectively Attention to detail

US$70000 - US$80000 per year
Pompano Beach
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Senior Sourcing Manager Clinical Trials (m/f/d)

**This job is remote based in Europe A globally leading pharmaceutical company with over 6,000 employees across 25 countries, is seeking a talented and experienced Senior Sourcing Manager Clinical Trials to join their dynamic team. This position can be based anywhere in Europe and offers an exciting opportunity to make a significant impact in the field of clinical studies and R&D procurement. This company prides themselves in fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration and personal growth; this role will allow you to have a create and develop a category strategy, ultimately having a direct impact on improving the lives of others. Responsibilities: Lead and manage procurement activities for clinical studies, providing strategic guidance and ensuring the timely and cost-effective sourcing of goods and services. Collaborate closely with the R&D function to understand their procurement requirements and develop strategies to support their objectives. Oversee the entire procurement process, from identifying potential suppliers to negotiating contracts and managing supplier relationships. Ensure compliance with relevant regulations and internal policies, particularly within the pharmaceutical industry. Conduct market research and analysis to identify emerging trends, opportunities, and risks in the procurement landscape. Develop and implement procurement strategies that drive efficiency, cost savings, and continuous improvement. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to support global procurement initiatives and contribute to the overall success of the organization. Requirements: Multiple years of professional procurement experience, ideally within the pharmaceutical industry. Proven expertise in clinical studies sourcing and/or R&D procurement. Excellent negotiation, contract management, and supplier relationship management skills. Strong understanding of regulatory requirements and compliance in the pharmaceutical industry. Ability to work in a fast-paced, global environment and manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a data-driven approach. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across teams and influence stakeholders at all levels. Professional fluency in English is essential; proficiency in other languages is beneficial.

Negotiable
Germany
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Associate Procurement Director

**Associate Procurement Director - Dublin, Ireland** Are you ready to take your procurement expertise to new heights in the vibrant city of Dublin? We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Associate Procurement Director who will thrive within the fast-paced pharmaceutical sector. This is an exceptional opportunity for a strategic thinker with proven direct procurement skills looking to make their mark on global operations. As our ideal candidate, you'll join an innovative team where collaboration and leadership go hand-in-hand. The role demands someone keenly aware of market trends who can manage complex supplier relationships while delivering value-driven results. **Your Role Will Involve:** - Sit sourcing lead - you will be the key link and point of contact between sourcing on-site and global sourcing teams - Crafting and implementing comprehensive direct procurement strategies. - Leading cross-functional teams towards achieving key performance indicators (KPIs). - Negotiating contracts that align with corporate goals. **Skills Required:** Direct Procurement: In-depth knowledge of sourcing goods directly from manufacturers or producers; critical for reducing costs without compromising quality. Strategic Sourcing Ability evaluate suppliers based on price, quality & speed which ensures operational efficiency across all levels Supplier Relationship Management: Strong interpersonal abilities needed for fostering long-term partnerships ensuring mutual growth & innovation The role requires to be on site in Dublin for a minimum 3 days a week. If this sounds like the challenge you've been waiting for - we're eager to hear how your background in Direct Procurement makes you fit perfectly into this prestigious role! Apply today!

Negotiable
Dublin
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Senior Buyer (w/m/x)

Position : Senior Buyer Position ( w/m/x) Location: Luxembourg Are you ready to accelerate your career in a dynamic and innovative environment? Our client, a family-owned top 100 automotive supplier, is seeking a passionate and experienced Senior Buyer to join their global team. With over 50 locations, our client is a key player in all major automotive markets, driving the future of mobility with a focus on Roof and Electrification solutions. Their extensive global network, innovative strength, and decades of experience make them a leader in the industry, dedicated to making individual mobility more enjoyable and environmentally friendly. Why Join Them ? Global Impact: Work with a company that has a significant presence in major automotive markets worldwide, influencing the future of mobility. Innovation at its Best: Be part of a forward-thinking organisation known for its dynamic solutions in Roof and Electrification. Growth Opportunities: Benefit from professional development programs and career advancement within a leading global company. Sustainability Focus: Contribute to environmentally friendly initiatives aimed at enhancing individual mobility. Dynamic Environment: Thrive in a fast-paced, innovative setting where your contributions make a real difference. Key Responsibilities: Develop and execute strategic sourcing strategies to achieve cost, quality, and delivery goals. Lead supplier negotiations, securing optimal terms and ensuring compliance with company standards. Cultivate strong relationships with key suppliers, promoting collaboration and continuous improvement. Conduct market analysis to identify new sourcing opportunities and mitigate risks. Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including engineering, quality, and logistics, for seamless supplier integration. Monitor and enhance supplier performance, implementing corrective actions as needed. Prepare and present procurement reports, cost savings, and supplier performance insights to senior management. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or a related field. Years of experience in a buying or procurement role, preferably in the automotive industry. Exceptional negotiation, communication, and interpersonal skills. Proven track record in developing and maintaining strategic supplier relationships. In-depth understanding of global supply chain dynamics and market trends. Proficiency in procurement software and Microsoft Office Suite. Strong analytic skills and meticulous attention to detail. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. What They Offer: Professional Growth: Access continuous learning opportunities and pathways for career advancement. Innovative Culture: Join a team that values creativity, innovation, and forward-thinking solutions. Global Network: Engage with a broad international network that provides diverse and enriching experiences. Work-Life Balance: Benefit from policies and programs designed to support a healthy work-life balance If you are a results-driven procurement professional with a passion for innovation and sustainability, we want to hear from you!

Negotiable
Luxemburg
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Vice President of Purchasing

Summary of Role: Responsible for overseeing procurement activities within the organization, ensuring efficient acquisition of necessary products and services at optimal costs. Compensation and Benefits: We provide a competitive compensation package along with comprehensive benefits aimed at supporting employee well-being, career advancement, and future financial security. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, AD&D, life insurance, 401(k) with company match, wellness programs, generous paid time off, paid holidays, and various voluntary benefits. We are committed to fostering a workplace culture that values growth and inclusivity, striving to be the preferred employer in our industry. Key Responsibilities: Develops and implements sourcing strategies to secure a reliable supply of raw materials, packaging, and labels. Establishes criteria for vendor evaluation and selection processes. Identifies purchasing trends and opportunities for cost savings through consolidation. Sets and monitors performance metrics for purchasing operations. Negotiates complex vendor contracts to achieve favorable terms. Provides leadership and guidance to team members, including coaching and development. Collaborates cross-functionally to align purchasing strategies with organizational goals. Shapes business strategies and aligns departmental goals with company objectives. Oversees purchasing department projects, ensuring alignment with strategic goals. Develops and implements departmental policies and procedures to support long-term organizational success. Candidate Requirements: Bachelor's degree in business or related field. Over 15 years of progressive experience in plant operations, with at least 5 years in procurement. Strong leadership skills with a focus on mentorship and relationship building. Previous experience in food manufacturing preferred. Knowledge of MRP applications. Basic proficiency in PC skills. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

US$270000 - US$270001 per annum
Portland
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Category Manager - Logistics (M/F/D)

Our esteemed client, a leading retail company based in the vibrant city of Munich, Germany, is looking for a talented and experienced Category Manager with a passion for logistics. This exciting permanent role offers the unique opportunity to shape the future of logistics by developing and implementing category strategies from the ground up. As the Category Manager, you will be responsible for crafting and executing comprehensive category strategies. You will manage procurement processes and oversee significant spending volumes exceeding 250 million Euros. Your meticulous attention to detail will be crucial as you build out strategic plans tailored specifically towards logistics operations. You will analyze market conditions and make informed decisions that drive success even during tough economic times. In this role, you will need to possess strong negotiation skills to secure favorable terms and maintain cost-efficiency as you will be dealing directly with suppliers. The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while ensuring timely execution under tight deadlines is paramount. This position demands not only logistical prowess but also sharp commercial acumen. As a Category Manager, you will be at the forefront of driving change through effective purchasing practices in the bustling city of Munich. You will have the opportunity to shape innovative pathways within one of Europe's thriving markets. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about logistics and wants to be part of a dynamic retail sector. If you are excited about the prospect of developing and implementing category strategies from the ground up, then we want to hear from you! Apply today to join our client's team and make your mark in this exciting role.

Negotiable
Munich
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Director Procurement Excellence

**Director of Procurement Excellence - Transformative Role in Manufacturing** Are you a visionary leader looking for an opportunity to shape the future of procurement within the heavy manufacturing sector? We are excited to present a rare opening for a Director of Procurement Excellence, where expertise meets innovation. This high-impact role is perfect for someone with substantial experience eager to lead and inspire excellence across our team. Located remotely within the United Kingdom, this permanent position will not only challenge your strategic capabilities but also allow you to be at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge IT solutions into procurement processes-ushering in pivotal digital transformation. Here's what we're seeking: - **Leadership Prowess**: Guide and mentor a dedicated team towards achieving commercial excellence. - **Strategic Interface Skills**: Serve as an effective liaison between Information Technology departments and procurement teams. - **Digital Transformation Savvy**: Drive change by leveraging technology advancements that streamline operations. As part oft his transformative journey in aerospace-oriented heavy manufacturing industry, anticipate playing crucial roles such as: * Implementing innovative strategies * Fostering collaboration both internally & externally Our ideal candidate should possess insight relevant tot he tags Commercial Excellence, Heavy Manufacturing,Aerospace,and understand how these elements intertwine with overall business strategy. Your task will include making meaningful contributions through Purchasing leadership while navigating complex challenges unique t oDSJ Global sectors like Aerospace nd other facets f heavyweight production environments Embrace thi sremarkable career milestone hta tpromises professional enrichment nad lasting impact n ot just yoru personal growth but lso on te entire landscape fo UK's thriving manufacturig space Ready ottake charge adn set new benchmarks fin procuremnt excellenece Join us i no ur quest fr operational artistry Bring along your passion rive adndedication ewe ar eon th ehunt orsomeone exactly liek yo u!

Negotiable
England
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Procurement Change and Implementation Lead

A world-leading provider of transport solutions that is dedicated to driving the shift towards sustainable transport systems are seeking a dynamic and experienced Change & Implementation Lead to join our team and play a pivotal role in their Procurement Program, helping to transform our procurement processes for enhanced efficiency and performance. You will play a critical role and be part of a collaborative team, engaging in extensive cross-functional and cross-company interactions. Your primary responsibility will be to drive change management and implementation activities within the Procurement domain, ensuring that the organisation is fully prepared for transformational steps and takes the necessary actions to ensure a smooth transition. Key Responsibilities: Drive activities related to change management and implementation within the Procurement domain. Prepare the organisation for transformational steps, ensuring readiness across all levels. Lead cross-functional work related to change, targeting stakeholders at all levels. Manage and coordinate strategic projects with a long-term perspective. Communicate effectively in all forms to inspire and lead others, setting clear expectations. Collaborate with a driven and diverse team to achieve project goals. Your profile: A skilled leader in managing stakeholders and excels in change management and communication. Applies a strategic long-term perspective to project management and coordination. Is well-organised and values meticulous planning. Holds a relevant University degree. Has experience in at least one of the following areas: Project management Change management Communication lead Implementation lead

Negotiable
Stockholm
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Global Category Manager Logistics

A global leader in the FMCG industry is looking to expand their indirect procurement team in the Netherlands. This greenfield position offers the opportunity to join a company committed to sustainable practices and ethical collaboration. This role is ideal for an ambitious, entrepreneurial person as you will be leading global tenders. Key Responsibilities: Develop and execute a global category strategy, leading global tenders Work closely with the logistics team to enable quality assurance. Manage complex cross-functional projects, this role involved a high level of responsibility and offers great opportunity for creativity Key Qualifications: Several years professional experience in logistics procurement, ideally with significant exposure to ocean freight. Entrepreneurial mindset, with the ability to take initiative and drive development Excellent negotiation and communication skills, professional fluency in English. Additional European languages will be beneficial but not essential

Negotiable
Amsterdam
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Energy crisis along the value chain –    Four companies on the road to sustainability  Image
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Energy crisis along the value chain – Four companies on the road to sustainability

​​DSJ Global discovered how four companies are saving energy and reducing emissionsRising prices, persistent inflation – what affects private households burdens the supply chain industry to an even greater extent. While energy-saving measures used to be simply related to a company's own Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) and sustainability strategy to reduce its carbon footprint, they are now part of essential processes that could secure long-term cost savings and eco-optimize a company’s future.But what can be done along the supply chain to keep control over rising energy costs? How can firms reduce their carbon footprint to both cut emissions and minimize consumption? Yumiko Moehlmann, Head of Quality & HSE at DSJ Global, asked. Reducing the carbon footprint as a business When asked, "What is your company doing to become more sustainable and save energy?" 51% of participants responded with a clear "reduce carbon footprint." 20% of companies are sourcing more sustainable raw materials for their production while 16% are switching to energy-saving solutions for lighting. 12% also said they are raising awareness among their employees through education and training. To gain further insights, Yumiko Moehlmann personally surveyed her network in the Quality and HSE area on the topic, talking to four companies along the supply chain to provide insights into how their companies are defying rising energy prices - or not. Energy targets firmly anchored in corporate cultureCOO at a global player in the e-mobility sectorThe e-mobility sector is considered a pioneer in sustainability. A global player and client of DSJ Global also pursues this mission at the level of corporate culture. They have clearly defined environmental and energy goals and woven them into their corporate strategy. "We raise awareness on the topic of energy," explains the COO. By visualizing the costs and energy consumption of equipment and production, their company create awareness among employees, who can adjust and optimize their actions and processes accordingly. There are also detailed shutdown lists to ensure that sensitive machinery is operated correctly and that all employees are taught the right procedure. This saves resources and protects the equipment. Furthermore, efforts to switch to the most modern and energy-saving machines support the company’s current measures. Although these machines have to meet certain requirements, they are much more efficient and cost-effective to operate.For example, the global player has already converted to a decentralized compressed air network with small local systems that run when they are needed. Previously, they were in continuous operation even though it wasn't necessary. ​In-house gardening as a delicious solution​Director Global EHS at a tier 1 automotive supplier​One easy-to-implement option for indirectly reducing one's own emissions is to switch to so-called green electricity, i.e. electricity from renewable sources. Electricity from solar, wind or even biogas produces less CO2 during production and is therefore considered better for the environment. Yet upon closer inspection, these promising effects might be lower in reality, according to the Director for Global EHS at a tier 1 automotive supplier. ​This long-time customer of DSJ Global has already converted many areas to green energy. However, the Director was skeptical– he saw it as clear "greenwashing." ​Greenwashing refers to the attempt by organizations to achieve a "green image" through communication, marketing and individual measures without having systematically anchored corresponding measures in the operational business. ​"Electricity is ultimately the same for everyone," says the Director. The percentage from renewable sources doesn't change the fact of how much energy is consumed, he said. Consequently, a widely advertised switch to green electricity is not effective, since ESG must be primarily about reducing the company's own emissions. ​For the Director, however, it would be more effective to switch all light sources in operation to resource-saving LEDs. ​Unfortunately, the biggest problem cannot be solved so easily: According to lifecycle analyses that the automotive supplier initiated for each product, their supply chain leaves the largest carbon footprint.  ​They found that commuting had a particularly heavy impact as well. After two years of pandemic home office regulations, more and more companies are looking to return to the office to strengthen collaboration within departments and teams. ​As the Director explains, his company is currently looking for a solution to make this more sustainable. Some employees have no other choice than their car, but for others, covering the cost for public transportation or even leasing a bike is an option. In addition, smaller on-site office spaces could help reduce emissions if a location has a larger catchment area with longer commutes.​In other areas, there's room for more creativity: some locations of the automotive supplier, the director said, have established in-house gardens to more sustainably source the fresh fruits and vegetables provided to employees each day. "In the past, fruits and vegetables were delivered daily," the Director explains. "Inhouse gardening stops the supply chain and their vans, saving tons of CO2, and the company cafeterias use the homegrown fruits and vegetables instead."​The initiative has been so well received that entire teams are now getting personally involved. In the "Lunch & Learn" format, employees educate themselves via open lectures on a variety of topics while enjoying a company-funded lunch.​Global Sustainability Manager defies initial pessimism​Head of Health, Safety, Environment, Sustainability, Quality, at a global player in the chemical industry​There is less optimism at a company in the CHEMPARK network. The head of HSSEQ sees very little potential – apart from putting a stop to production – for saving energy.​Reducing commuting and the associated emissions as well as the energy required through more flexible home office solutions is only possible to a limited extent in the case of this company, he says. ​But the company does not want to give up. It has recently hired a Global Sustainability Manager and hopes for sustainable change, even if any structures have to develop before they take effect and lead to savings. ​Photovoltaics as an alternative to costly investments​Senior Manager Mineralization at a building materials manufacturer​The possibility of saving energy in cement production is a question that also occupies the senior manager for mineralization of a building materials manufacturer. In fact, the only way to do this, the senior manager says, is to stop production or shut it down – neither of which are economically viable options, of course.​Since the manufacturer buys its electricity on the stock exchange, it’s possible to obtain it more cheaply, yet that depends on the production processes. They need to be optimized to allow for a more cost-effective tariff. ​Another option is to invest in more energy-efficient plants. "Some of our equipment is 60 or 70 years old," the senior manager says. "New machines are inevitably more energy efficient, but realistically we can't replace all the machines because the cost would be far too high."​How his company nevertheless tries to counteract the enormous costs and has been reducing the overall need for externally produced energy for years. Their method of choice: photovoltaic systems on the factory roofs. This is already proving effective: The resulting savings could light up an entire small town. ​Heat recovery as the vision of the future​Senior EHS Manager at a global semiconductor company​Since they are renting in their current location, this global semiconductor company has little room to maneuver. ​"We're turning down the heat, relying on home offices and reduced hours," explains DSJ Global's client. Long-term goals are few and far between since, as a tenant, they can't seek extensive renovations. ​Still, there are innovative ideas: Since the production machines give off a lot of heat, the Senior EHS Manager and his team are working on using this to generate electricity via heat recovery.​Funding for production conversion in sight​As difficult as cost savings and emissions reductions are: A competitive, climate-friendly industry is essential for sustainable growth and the fight against climate change.  ​At the beginning of December 2022, Germany’s Economics Minister Robert Habeck announced climate protection agreements that he would conclude with industry in 2023 to stimulate necessary investments in the use of hydrogen. This is the best alternative to fossil energy sources, especially in the steel and chemical industries. Under the climate protection agreements, companies receive both subsidies and monetary support if they convert to green production.  ​When and to what extent these funds will come remains to be seen. Until then, it's up to innovative ideas like indoor gardens and company-owned photovoltaic systems to make the value chain more sustainable. ​Conclusion​Opinions on how to save energy along the value chain vary widely, Yumiko Moehlmann confirms. "Many companies don't want to or can't change anything, or position themselves better. Others invest a lot in it." ​She sees the promised climate agreements as a positive sign. After all, as some of the examples cited show, companies especially need help with the enormous costs of switching to greener production. ​Yumiko and her team of experts at DSJ Global are closely following how the energy crisis is affecting HSE and sustainability strategies and how different companies are adapting. Whether the companies that are not currently planning any changes will aim for more sustainable production in the future remains cause for speculation.​Your partner for sustainable niche professionals​In addition to HSE talents, our global network continues to grow in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability.​Reach out to our talent experts today, to discuss us supporting you with a vacancy, or as a professional keen to make their next career move. ​​Submit a vacancy​Send CV​Contact​Yumiko Moehlmann​Head of Quality & HSE, DSJ Global​yumiko.moehlmann@dsjglobal.com​+49 30 726211418

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Addressing the UK Energy Crisis: Embracing Sustainability

The United Kingdom is currently facing an energy crisis, a situation that has far-reaching implications for various sectors, including supply chains. The depletion of fossil fuel reserves, closure of aging power plants, and overreliance on imported natural gas have strained the nation's energy infrastructure. Factors like extreme weather events and limited investment in new energy infrastructure further exacerbates the situation, leading to potential disruptions in energy supply.In this blog, we will explore the UK energy crisis and the need for sustainability, discuss job opportunities in sustainability, and delve into the impact this crisis is having on supply chains.The Need for SustainabilityTo address the UK energy crisis, sustainability must be at the forefront of the nation's energy strategy. Here's why sustainability is crucial:Climate Change Mitigation: The transition to renewable energy sources is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. By embracing sustainable alternatives like wind, solar, and hydropower, the UK can significantly decrease its carbon footprint and align with global climate goals.Energy Security: Diversifying the energy mix with renewable sources enhances energy security. A heavy reliance on imported energy resources makes the UK susceptible to geopolitical tensions and market fluctuations. By developing domestic renewable energy infrastructure, the country can reduce dependence on foreign supplies and increase resilience.Economic Opportunities: Transitioning to a sustainable energy system opens up substantial economic opportunities. Investment in renewable energy projects, research and development, and green technologies can drive job creation, stimulate economic growth, and position the UK as a leader in the clean energy sector.For more information on the need for sustainability, download our latest report on making a case for sustainable business practice.Job Opportunities in SustainabilityEmbracing sustainability in the energy industry not only addresses the UK's energy crisis but also unlocks numerous job opportunities. The transition to renewable energy sources and sustainable practices fosters job creation across various sectors, including:Renewable Energy: The growth of renewable energy requires skilled professionals in engineering, project management, and operations. From installing and maintaining wind turbines to managing solar farms, these jobs offer stable employment prospects while contributing to a greener future.Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Improving energy efficiency is a crucial aspect of sustainability. Energy auditors, retrofitting specialists, and sustainable design consultants play vital roles in reducing energy waste and optimizing energy consumption in buildings, industries, and transportation.Research and Development: Advancing sustainable technologies requires continuous research and innovation. Scientists, engineers, and researchers specializing in areas like battery storage, smart grid systems, and clean fuel development have the opportunity to shape the future of the energy industry.Impact on Supply ChainsThe UK energy crisis has significant implications for supply chains across sectors. Here are a few effects observed:Disruptions in Operations: Energy shortages can lead to disruptions in manufacturing and distribution operations. Businesses reliant on a stable energy supply may experience delays, decreased productivity, and potential bottlenecks in the supply chain.Rising Energy Costs: Escalating energy prices put pressure on businesses' operational costs, impacting their bottom line. Higher energy expenses can strain supply chain budgets and lead to price increases for consumers.Increased Focus on Resilience: The energy crisis highlights the importance of building resilient supply chains. Companies are recognizing the need to diversify energy sources, invest in energy-efficient technologies, and explore localized renewable energy generation to reduce vulnerability to energy disruptions.The UK energy crisis demands a swift transition towards sustainability, and businesses play a vital role in driving this change. If you are a forward-thinking company seeking to build a sustainable business and contribute to a greener future, we invite you to request a call back from DSJ Global.At DSJ Global, we understand the importance of sustainability and the benefits it brings to businesses. Our team of experts specializes in guiding companies by actively providing talent pools with sustainable skill sets, helping you to navigate the complexities of renewable energy adoption, energy efficiency measures, and sustainable practices.By requesting a call back from DSJ Global, you will have the opportunity to discuss your specific business needs, goals, and aspirations. Our knowledgeable consultants will provide tailored advice and solutions, empowering you to make informed decisions that align with your vision of creating a sustainable business.Together, let us embark on a journey towards a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous future. Request a call back from DSJ Global today and take the first step towards becoming a sustainability leader in your industry.

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Should your business offer flexible working? Talent experts at DSJ Global advise

The adoption of flexible working has increased over the last few years as technological advancements make it easier to work from anywhere at any time. This has left many companies facing the question of whether to embrace flexible working on a permanent basis. Can the future be flexible in the supply chain industry, and do companies need to offer it to attract and retain the best talent? We spoke to some of the talent experts at DSJ Global to find out how industry leaders are balancing the growing need to remain competitive in the hiring landscape with their business requirements and objectives.The supply chain industry has traditionally been reliant on on-site work, so flexible working in the supply chain industry presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. Matt Wood, Executive Director Europe at DSJ Global confirms: “We have to remember that the nature of the roles we recruit in supply chain sometimes means that people must be in the office. You can’t run a production site from your home office; you need to be on-site. The same goes for roles working in quality control, manufacturing processes and health & safety.”How many supply chain companies offer flexible working?As part of DSJ Global’s report, ‘The Impact of Flexible Working’, we surveyed top business leaders in the supply chain industry to find out how their company has been impacted by the rise of flexible working. 63% of clients said they currently offer flexible working, 20% offer fully remote roles, and the remaining 17% do not offer any flexible working options. We asked Emily Cook, Senior Vice President – Head of Procurement Search at DSJ Global, if the results were in line with her experiences finding top talent for leading supply chain firms: “This isn’t surprising - more companies are decreasing fully remote positions, and we are also seeing more companies offering flexibility on a case-by-case situation. However, bear in mind that some candidates have declined offers based on flexibility not being offered formally in their contract, as they are worried the terms could change or be taken away at any minute.”Matt provides insights from a client perspective: “A key requirement when hiring for supply chain roles is the ability to build relationships and trust with your key stakeholders quickly. Most of our clients need candidates who can be in front of their stakeholders and accessible to them throughout these processes so even for positions that can be carried out fully remotely, such as procurement, I rarely see companies offering 100% remote positions.”Flexible working – the positivesOne of the biggest advantages of flexible working in the supply chain industry is increased productivity and loyalty. By allowing employees to work from home or alternative hours, companies can help their staff to achieve a better work-life balance and feel more in control of their lives, which in turn can lead to higher levels of motivation and engagement. Flexible working can also help companies to attract and retain top talent in today’s competitive job market, with many professionals looking for companies that offer flexible working arrangements.Out of the 17% of businesses DSJ Global surveyed that don’t offer any flexibility, 38% plan to introduce it for these reasons. Emily states: “Candidates are asking about flexibility as much as they ask about compensation; it is an increasing priority for them. Companies are losing out on new talent and their own existing talent due to not giving flexibility on working hours or working from home, so we are seeing more and more companies increase their flexibility offering.”Flexible working – the challengesOne of the biggest challenges of flexible working in the supply chain industry is maintaining effective communication and collaboration between team members. When employees are working remotely or outside of traditional hours, it can be difficult to ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goals. This can lead to misunderstandings, missed deadlines, and other communication-related issues, all having an impact on company culture.DSJ Global’s survey found an equal split with 37% each experiencing a positive or negative impact on company culture due to flexible working, with the remaining 26% unchanged. Emily advises: “Having a team and company culture that is supportive, collaborative, and approachable is what people are often looking for when changing roles. Some managers believe this is better formed when the team is together on site, but companies need to adapt and learn new ways of maintaining a positive company culture while navigating flexibility for the team. This could come from structure or innovative methods of team collaboration.”Can flexible working improve hiring and retention challenges?The biggest hiring challenge according to DSJ Global’s clients is a shortage of qualified candidates (37%), followed by increasing competition for top talent (20%). 10% find it is a struggle to retain talent. Emily offers her experience with how businesses can improve their hiring and retention based on candidate attitudes towards flexible working: “The current market is very candidate driven. During COVID, professionals were worried about changing roles while there was instability in the market, but in 2021-22 we saw an influx of candidates feeling more secure in taking the risk. In the last 6-12 months, with talks of the recession, the risk has gone back up for candidates and so they are less are likely to move. “However, there is a shortage of qualified candidates on the market and a lot of the candidates we are supporting are also in two or three other processes, so companies must be competitive with speed of their interview process, salaries and additional benefits. We are also seeing more counteroffers to compete with retaining talent, including more flexible hours and increasing responsibility. It’s due to this competition that salaries are increasing, which is why more companies are struggling to retain talent.”Final considerations for businesses considering flexible workingRemote and hybrid options play a central role in both hiring decisions and company culture. The number of days people are expected to be in the office affects the success of a company's hiring strategy and helps retain existing talent, as 67% of survey respondents agree. However, for 16% of supply chain leaders, it comes at the expense of productivity, and in 37% of cases it has a negative impact on office culture. We asked Emily for her key takeaways for clients asking whether to offer flexible working:“I would advise that if supply chain businesses want to attract and retain the best talent, they need to offer some sort of flexibility and at-home working, but they need a clear structure to ensure it doesn’t affect the company culture.”Matt offers another word of warning for European organisations offering remote working on a global scale: “It’s clear that hybrid and flexible working is the norm now but at management and senior management level roles, often responsible for global teams and multiple sites, there has been a requirement to manage a complicated schedule around global colleagues and stakeholders for a long time. Don’t under-estimate the impact that “cross-border” remote working has on this dynamic – it isn’t as simple as being employed by a UK company in a 100% remote role and doing so from the beach in Spain – there are tax implications as well as eligibilities when working in other locations.”Learn moreThe future of flexible working in the supply chain industry is explored further in DSJ Global’s report, ‘The Impact of Flexible Working’, where we surveyed business leaders to provide you with insights on how productivity and company culture has been impacted by the increasing prevalence of flexible working, the benefits and challenges it has brought to business leaders, and how companies plan to use flexible working to attract and retain top talent.Click here to download ‘The Impact of Flexible Working’ report.If you would like to talk to us about your current talent needs, fill in our form and one of our consultants will call you back.  ​

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How to Avoid Bias in Job Descriptions

There is overwhelming evidence that companies with diverse workforces perform better on every possible metric, with diversity positively impacting every level of a business, from the cleaning staff to the board of directors. Bringing in as many perspectives, working styles and experience as possible to a workplace leads to integration, success and growth to those businesses who dedicate effort into attracting a diverse talent pool. The first step to make when aiming to achieve a balanced workforce is to ensure job advertisements avoid signs of unconscious bias. This helps present you as a welcoming and forward-thinking employer. You will also discover that your job positions attract a rich wealth of resumes after eliminating bias in your job descriptions. Biased job descriptions can discourage capable and talented candidates from applying for a role they are perfect for, and problems can be found both within the language and content of your job descriptions. Thankfully, it is easy to avoid bias in job descriptions through simple edits and considerations. Follow these rules to attract a diverse and successful talent pool.What is Unconscious Bias?​Though the majority of us strive to encourage inclusiveness and diversity, unconscious bias incorporates the assumptions we make about groups based on gender, ethnicity, age and class due to the structures we live in. When writing job descriptions, this will most often come through in gendered or other biased language.  Unconscious bias can discourage qualified candidates who feel like a job description is looking for a specific type of person, and are unintentionally excluded. ​Are Your Job Titles Inclusive?​Unconscious bias affects many aspects of language, through to job titles themselves. Many job titles are gendered, and successful efforts have been made to reframe traditional roles such as chairman (chairperson), fireman (firefighter) and councilman (council member).Even modern descriptors hold a bias. Have you ever seen a job from a hip company seeking a ‘rockstar’, a ‘guru’ or a ‘ninja’? These are fun titles which give candidates a vivid impression of a company's culture, but all of these terms still hold gendered connotations. A mother in her 40s with the qualifications and experience required may not want to apply for a role with ‘ninja’ in the title. These job titles can also give the (often false) impression of a company dominated by men or entrenched in a ‘lad’ culture where others are not welcome. ​Ensure your job titles are gender-neutral, avoid discouraging older applicants and are descriptive of what the job entails (e.g. ‘Magento Build Project Manager’).Use Gender-Neutral Pronouns​This is a fast and effective way of cleaning up your job descriptions, and a simple rule to follow when advertising new roles. Don’t include gender-specific pronouns in your job description. Stick to they/their and you when referring to the candidate. ‘S/he’ is also an acceptable replacement for gender-specific pronouns,  This rule also applies to collective nouns. Phrases such as ‘guys’ can be easily replaced with ‘team’ or ‘folks’. Check For Biased Language​This is where judgement can be more complicated. When describing the ideal candidate for a role, job descriptions do lean towards using phrases which contain unconscious bias. For example, typically masculine traits include ‘assertive’ and ‘competitive’. While women have every ability to be assertive in the workplace, this can also be viewed as loyalty and supportiveness through a ‘feminine’ lens. This also works the other way. Roles which may be classically applied to by women may include words such as ‘bubbly’ or ‘nurturing’ to unconsciously encourage female applicants and discourage applications from men. Avoid Presenting A Toxic Work Culture​When presenting your work culture, language choices can give applicants the vision of a ‘bro’ culture of after-work beers, chats about matchday and, in worse case scenarios, sexual harassment. Phrases such as ‘work hard, play hard’ and ‘banter’ will not only put off the majority of female applicants but many men too. Consider the wide spectrum of lifestyles your potential applicants could follow and elements of your work culture which will appeal to many, not just a single generation or lifestyle.Consider Your Job Requirements​Alongside bias in language, the general content of your job applications are worth reviewing to make them more inclusive. This includes avoiding job descriptions which contain an exhaustive list of skills needed for the role. In general, men are usually much more confident in their suitability for the roles they apply for, even if they don’t have all of the required skills for the role. Meanwhile, women are much more cautious about applying for roles. The more in-depth and specific a job description is, the less likely a qualified or near-qualified woman will apply for it, even if she ticks more boxes than a male applicant. Avoid this by outlining only the absolutely essential requirements for the role (such as education levels, years of experience, skills qualifications) followed by general ‘desired’ or ‘nice to have’ requirements. This will lift barriers to entry which often stop those with low confidence or imposter syndrome to apply. Provide a smaller amount of boxes to ‘tick’ to attract a larger and higher quality range of candidates. ​The best approach is to create descriptions which use succinct and direct language. Make your descriptions easy to follow, read and digest. Use Online Tools To Eliminate Bias in Job DescriptionsLarger companies have now invested in software to help highlight and change job descriptions and other materials to remove signs of unconscious bias. Recruitment software OnGig uses a text analysis tool to help remove biased language. Textio is a leading ‘augmented writing’ software for recruiters which will eliminate gendered or biased language or job requirements while still ensuring your chosen language has the passion and impact you want to encourage applications. ​​Want to learn more about diverse recruitment strategies? Contact Our Team

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Do Employers Interview the Best Candidate First?

​When it comes to interviews, there's always a debate about whether being the first or last candidate interviewed is beneficial. We'll explore the strategies behind scheduling interviews and whether employers typically interview the best candidate first.Do Employers Interview Best Candidate First?There is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether employers interview the best candidate first. The reality is that different employers have different strategies when it comes the scheduling process. It’s important to remember only the top candidates will be interviewed and therefore there is something interesting about your experience that the hiring manager will be looking to touch upon within the interview.The Case for Interviewing FirstSome hiring managers may choose to interview the strongest candidates first. This can be advantageous for a number of reasons. By interviewing the top candidate early, employers can gauge other candidates' performances against the benchmark set by the best candidate. This can also help streamline the hiring process if the best candidate impresses the interviewer and is a clear fit for the position.The Case for Interviewing LastOn the other hand, some employers may prefer to save the best for last. This can allow them to get a better understanding of the overall candidate pool and make it easier to identify the top candidate's strengths and weaknesses. By interviewing the best candidate last, employers can also ensure they have a lasting impression of the strongest contender, which may be useful during the decision-making process.Other FactorsMany other factors can influence the order in which candidates are interviewed, such as scheduling conflicts, interviewer preferences, or internal processes. Therefore, it's important not to read too much into the order of your interview.FAQsTo help you navigate the often complex world of interviews, we've answered some commonly asked questions.Does Being Interviewed First Mean Anything?Being interviewed first doesn't necessarily indicate your standing as a candidate. It's important to remember that there are many reasons why an employer may schedule interviews in a certain order, and it's often unrelated to the perceived quality of the candidates.Does the Order of Your Interview Matter?While the order of your interview may have some impact on how your performance is assessed, it's crucial to focus on what you can control: presenting your skills, experience, and personality in the best possible light. Ultimately, being well-prepared and confident will have a much greater impact on your chances of success than the order in which you are interviewed.How Long After an Interview Should You Hear Back?The time it takes to hear back after an interview can vary widely depending on the company, the position, and the number of candidates. Generally, you can expect to hear back within one to two weeks, but it may take longer in some cases. If you haven't heard back within this timeframe, it's acceptable to follow up with the employer or your talent consultant to inquire about the status of the hiring process.Why Choose Us?At DSJ Global, ourteam of experts are dedicated to providing you with the latest insights, tips, and advice to help you succeed in your job search with us. Whether you're looking for guidance on career progression, interview preparation, resume writing, or salary negotiation, we're here to support you every step of the way.Get in Touch NowReady to take your career to the next level?Submit your CV today and discover relevant roles. Contact ustoday to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve your career goals.

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The Impact of Flexible Working

​Assessing the adoption of flexible working in the supply chain industrySince its introduction to the masses, flexible working has revolutionized the world of employment. As the demand for supply chain professionals continues to grow worldwide, strategies to facilitate flexible and remote working have become essential in attracting and retaining top-tier talent.For many, some degree of flexibility is essential to achieving a healthy work-life balance. This can in turn, result in a happier and more productive workforce, which benefits businesses. However, moving processes away from the office can also have a negative impact on company culture, as teams interact less, decreasing productivity. The ambiguity of the situation made us wonder: What is the real impact of flexible working? To answer this question, here at DSJ Global we engaged with top businesses to understand their flexible working strategy. Exploring the state of flexible working across the supply chain, we take a look at the following: How productivity and company culture has been impacted by hybrid and flexible working patterns What leaders see as the benefits and the challenges to flexible workingHow companies plan to use flexible working to attract and retain top talentOffering valuable insights to professionals seeking to understand the state of flexible working in supply chain, and for organizations reflecting on their flexible and working from home policies, both can take away a number of key considerations from this exclusive report. ​Download your copy of the report by completing the form below:​

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The Virtual Recruitment Landscape: Reset and Reboot

​The historical events of the past year made most firms pivot and re-evaluate their talent acquisition processes. Despite the resetting of traditional workplace rules, on the back of many businesses continuing to limit travel and in-person collaboration, what can be said for the virtual recruitment landscape then?​At DSJ Global, a subsidiary brand of the Phaidon International group, we recently engaged with our supply chain and procurement network. In the latest survey, the mandate is clear: 84% of respondents report that they are still conducting digital interviews.How can employers capitalize on a dynamic talent market when face-to-face contact has primarily been refuted? The answer lies deep-rooted in crafting a hyper-personalized, virtual recruitment strategy that accurately assesses a candidate’s competencies and skill set, whilst also providing an immersive user-experience online. Download our complementary guide to discover the digital-fast tactics that can keep your talent pipeline flowing, so you can lead from the front. ​This Guide Covers: The Virtual Recruitment Landscape: Reset and Reboot? Recruiting Remotely: A New Playing Field Idiosyncrasies and Nuances of Virtual Recruiting Decoding the Virtual Recruitment Landscape

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