Climbing the career ladder in an increasingly automated world

There’s a lot of talk these days about the future of work and robots taking over. It’s been covered in a number of recent articles on the future of procurement by the likes of Spend Matters. I thought I’d give my view, as a recruiter, on how I’m seeing things change as the world of Procurement becomes further automated.

We are increasingly observing terminology like spend analytics, process automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning creeping into job descriptions.

And CPOs asking for us to find candidates that can “understand and agree our analytics vision” or “provide a step-change in the way we use data to inform our decision making and problem solving”.

Others have asked us to find people with experience of “delivering procurement technology projects in the context of broader procurement transformation initiatives”.

As a result we are seeing CVs that list key skills like:

  • Solution design and implementation
  • Process evolution and mapping
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Planning and delivering transformational training workshops.

But we’re finding that it’s adaptability and a willingness to learn new skills that are the key differentiator in today’s market. Attitudes to automation and new technology seem to vary dramatically, from people who see it as something that will put them out of work, to people who embrace the change and are actively developing new skill sets such as those mentioned above that will set them up for the future.

This is something that we’ll be exploring in more detail during a workshop I’m hosting at Basware Connect in London on 17th October. I’m hoping for a lively discussion where I’ll be sharing my own experiences and inviting outside perspectives on how people are climbing the career ladder in an increasingly automated world.

Connect is one of my top picks when it comes to conferences, it was a great event last year with excellent guest speakers and insightful content. You can sign up for free here.