The purpose of this questionnaire is to determine the hottest skills that are required for entry-level buyers in Europe for 2020. This questionnaire will help us, in partnership with the ABCAL association (The Belgian Association of Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Executives), to create a yearly European study to help the Procurement community better understand the skills in demand when it comes to buyers.

This study is sent to CPOs from several European countries (BE, CH, SP, FR, GR, IT, LU, NL).

For each category (Hard & Soft skills), you are requested to rank the four "hottest" skills for a buyer. You'll also need to indicate your role within your Procurement organization. As soon as our study will be completed, we will send you a copy for you to discover the results.

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* 1. Your contact details (so that we can send you the results of our survey)

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* 2. HARD SKILLS / KNOW-HOW - Pick and rank ONLY the four hottest skills amongst the list on a scale of 1 to 4, 4 being the hottest

  1 (+) 2 (++) 3 (+++) 4 (++++)
Strategic levers identification/Category Management
Financial modelling
Innovation identification
Fact-based negotiation (non-behavioral)
Ability to improve supplier relationships
Supplier risk management (financial profile, compliance, supply chain, quality, legal, …)
Capacity to leverage data to identify performance opportunities
Ability to handle contract management related tasks
Capacity to onboard when it comes to new Procurement Information Systems
Ability to implement and analyze KPIs
Market dynamics and strategic suppliers’ identification
Ability to conduct the tendering procedure (Draft of tendering documents)

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* 3. SOFT SKILLS - Pick and rank ONLY the four hottest skills amongst the list on a scale of 1 to 4, 4 being the hottest

  1 (+) 2 (++) 3 (+++) 4 (++++)
Ability to think strategically
Business understanding
Capacity to innovate, think out of the box, think critically
Ability to handle and solve complex problems
Capacity to facilitate change
Ability to collaborate with others
Active questioning and listening
Willingness to learn and discover new Procurement-related elements
Customer focus
Adaptability to new situations (whether organizational, technological or skills-based)
Logical writing skills (structured and precise)
Ability to evolve within a multicultural environment