• Procurement & Supply Chain

A strategically focused service designed to support clients searching for senior Procurement and Supply Chain Professionals

Procurement & Supply Chain

Procurement and Supply Chain is a fast growing and evolving practice area.  More than ever before, these critical business functions have taken the spotlight, and they now take centre stage for many global businesses.

In fact global pressures have transformed what used to be seen as tactical functions into a more strategic role with leaders requiring a wider range of skills and attributes to work within what has become a complex environment, connecting every aspect of the business.

However, with the pre-existing and well documented “war on talent”, the industry is now facing a serious talent shortage, with businesses facing the increased pressure of securing and retaining top professionals with the right skill set.

At Manners Maclean we partner with clients to understand their business challenges and demands, identify talent shortages and develop strategic talent programs designed to address, not only, their current leadership needs but also their future requirements.

In-house research combined with our sector expertise allows us to stay abreast of the constantly evolving market demands and the subsequent skills requirements, ultimately allowing us to identify and engage with the best Procurement and Supply Chain talent in the market.

The Changing Face of Procurement

You could say that Procurement has historically been considered as a transactional, almost administrative function. Nowadays, this could not be further from the truth, in fact over the last 10 years the role of procurement had evolved into a primary function now securely positioned at the centre of the business strategy, with an ever increasing opportunity to affect change.

Senior Procurement professionals are now responsible for an extensive range of operations, they identify and understand global market trends, manage a global supplier base and know exactly how to create opportunities to add value.

Procurement leaders manage key relationships at all levels connecting every aspect of a business internally and externally through strategic partners, suppliers, customers as well as internal stakeholders.

Ultimately, modern Procurement professionals need to be both excellent strategists and operators.


The Supply Chain Challenge

It goes without saying that a dynamic and innovative Supply Chain is a vital element to creating sustained, global economic growth and development. When optimised, an organisation’s supply chain can truly become a competitive advantage.

But an optimised supply chain requires talent with a varied skill set that’s not only hard to identify but more often than not even harder to find.

Modern supply chain are strategic thinkers, they’re planners and influencers and strategic partners. They have developed cross-functional experience across  product innovation, combined with serious business acumen as well as technical and systems knowledge.

Our capability

Understanding your business is our starting point. Everything we do after that is based on providing the right outcome for you.

In fact, our comprehensive portfolio of data driven solutions have been intelligently created to enable us to give you efficient and effective programs flexible enough to meet the demands, and budgets, of any client.

Add to this, the focused nature of our business combined with both the sector and functional specialism of our consultants, means   that our clients can leverage deep and long term relationships.

Ultimately this means that we can provide our clients with immediate access to a highly concentrated network of specialist candidates who would not normally respond to an approach from an unknown source.

Procurement & Supply Chain – Overview document

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Our Global Footprint


Western, Central
& East Europe

Middle East
& Africa

Asia Pacific

Don’t just take our word for it…

Steven Gross - VP, Unilever

During the last 10 years Jim Mundell and Manners Maclean were always my first port of call when looking to fill senior positions in Unilever. Jim’s ability to quickly understand (from both an organizational culture and talent perspective) what we needed, his knowledge of the talent market and his network of key talent meant that we always received a quick response and, a shortlist of blue chip talent which ultimately resulted in successfully filling key vacancies.

I highly recommend Jim and Manners Maclean to any organization needing leadership search and talent acquisition services.

Frederic Landtmeters - President Canada, Molson Coors Beverage

I had multiple opportunities to discuss talent and fill senior commercial positions with Jim Mundell and Manners Maclean when I was a CMO/CCO for Starbev & Molson Coors in (Central) Europe. As a hiring manager, I found it important to talk to someone like Jim, who has a clear vision on talent, an extensive network across Europe and beyond, and who spends time before, during and importantly also after the hiring process to ensure the recruited talent lands well. I highly recommend Jim and Manners Maclean to any organization needing personalized talent acquisition services.

Ranjan Das – Henkel

Manners Maclean International was selected by Henkel as one of our preferred recruitment partners for the India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey region in December 2019.

In my previous capacity as Henkel’s Regional HR Business Partner Laundry & Home Care, as well as in my current capacity as Henkel’s Head of Human Resources Sub-Saharan Africa, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Manners Maclean on many search and recruitment assignments for roles based in Nigeria. Manners Maclean consistently delivered, regardless of the location of the search. I found Manners Maclean to differentiate themselves from other firms as they have a thorough research methodology which is tailored for each search.  They are extremely diligent and always cover as much ground as is required for every assignment.  Their consultants are experienced and act as an extension of your organization and behave as a genuine partner.

Dalia Salib – General Manager, Mars Egypt

Robert Gordon & Manners Maclean puts a high level of quality work and diligence though-out the recruitment process. He successfully manages to offer solid guidance as well as give strong clarity on expectations while being warm, friendly and genuinely caring.

I strongly recommend him as a highly capable Talent Acquisition expert.

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