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Taylor Bolam Case Studies

Case Study One – “Greenfield” Procurement Recruitment Campaign

Chief Procurement Officer was appointed with the responsibility of setting the procurement strategy and building a team of procurement leaders and specialists.
Taylor Bolam was approached to work with both HR and the CPO in attracting the best possible talent for their organisation. The client identified three major category areas where within procurement – Business Services (HR, Professional Services, Travel, FM); IT (Hardware, Software, Telco, Outsourcing) and Logistics (Transport, Warehousing, Fuel). They were looking to recruit seven individuals to complement the existing team of three. The roles were of two specific levels; “Head of” and Category Manager.

The challenge was to identify candidates with relevant category experience who can manage change. We proactively searched the market, identifying relevant candidates within the geographic location and companies who have strong procurement talent. Our search used a combination of research/talent mapping and referrals. From this approach we were able to shortlist 2/3 candidates per role.


Successfully appointed:

Head of Procurement – IT
Procurement Manager – Business Services
Procurement Manager – Business Services
Procurement Manager – FM
Procurement Manager – IT
Procurement Manager – Logistics
Procurement Manager – Projects across all categories

Case Study Two – Procurement Restructure Recruitment Campaign

A major change programme within procurement led to a move to a category led procurement function. A number of new procurement roles were created within the new structure at various levels – Buyers, Category Managers and Head of IT Procurement.

We worked closely with the client to ensure that we identified candidates who had the required skillsets, background and qualifications. For the Head of IT Procurement, it was essential that the required candidate had a strong background within the IT category, worked within a fast paced environment and could build and lead a team. Through research and our extensive network, we identified senior IT procurement individuals who had an experience within a retail/FMCG environment. After identifying a short number of relevant individuals we shortlisted three candidates for interview which resulted in a hire.

For the Category Manager roles, we identified individuals who had specific category experience within IT, Marketing or Logistics.

The requirement was to find individuals who had strong strategic procurement experience within a branded organisation. Managing and influencing senior stakeholders was a major criteria. We proactively utilised our network and carried out executive search in identifying suitable candidates for shortlisting. The result was we identified three Category Managers that were successfully placed.


Successfully appointed:

Head of IT Procurement
Category Manager – Marketing
Category Manager – Logistics
Category Manager – IT