The procurement industry is growing at a very high rate and becoming lucrative with every sunrise. And due to the growing demand for purchases of goods and services and organizational policies to streamline records, it is also considered a very rewarding profession. But for you to enjoy these rewards, you need to know what salary to expect.
The salary question is one that many job seekers dread in an interview. Many are scared to quote a high price or scared to sell themselves short.The idea that the salary you quote might not be what employers or recruiters had in mind, and that you might sabotage your chances for getting the job are very common.
So many people have fumbled over the salary question, yet it’s something that can be managed if you know what salary to expect. If you are a Procurement officer or a Procurement professional at entry level wondering if you are being underpaid or overpaid, don’t worry, we are going to discuss your salary.
How much do procurement professionals at entry level earn?
Whether at entry level or otherwise, one thing you should have at the back of your mind is that salaries differ from one person to the next. And this is due to a number of factors.
“The earnings of a professional in the Procurement industry will largely depend on the industry and the company, e.g. manufacturing companies will pay more than tourism companies as they have more procurement functions”, says Cynthia Wangeci, a Recruitment Manager at Corporate Staffing Services.
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Before anything else, remember to conduct research on the company you are applying to understand their size and procurement functions. This will help you in setting the bar during the salary negotiations.
“Today’s job market is offering Procurement Assistants a salary between KSh 50,000 and 85,000 depending on the individual’s demonstrable experience, industry, and company”, says Wangeci. But these salary scales are just estimates. They are not something that’s cast in stone.
How much you earn will depend on the factors mentioned above. For example, recently a diplomatic mission was recruiting for a Procurement Officer with a minimum of 2 years experience and they offered a starting salary of KSh 220K. At the same time, an SME was recruiting for the same position, asking for a minimum of 3 years experience and offering a starting salary between KSh 50,000 and 75,000.
So don’t go mentioning the quoted salary or start complaining about your current one before doing due diligence on the pressure factors. The salary range above is an estimate you can use as you prepare for an interview. It will put you in the safe bracket.
Now that we have tackled the salary issue, let us have a look at an ideal Cover Letter for a Procurement Officer.
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Free Sample Cover Letter For Procurement Officer Job
8th March 2017.
The Human Resource Manager
Dear Sir/ Madam,
RE: APPLICATION FOR A PROCUREMENT OFFICER POSITION
I am writing to express my interest in your vacancy for a Procurement Officer, which will take advantage of my experience and extensive operations and supply chain knowledge, strong leadership skills and good relationship management abilities.
A review of my CV will quickly confirm to you that I am able to design and implement process improvements aimed at streamlining activities whilst driving up performance and quality. My core strengths include, but are not limited to; logistics management, handling financial processes and transactions by overseeing the preparation, processing, verifying statements and approving monthly cash and cheque payments. Also, I can drive performance of a team and exceed productivity goals while ensuring service excellence
My operations knowledge is extremely strong in; customer service, new accounts, accounts servicing and problem resolution. In addition, my goal is to convert my enthusiasm, creativity, and experience into a position where I will grow in the operations field, utilize my academic knowledge and skills to add value to the business. I am certain that my contribution in your company will prove to be beneficial.
As there is considerably more to relate, I would appreciate a personal interview to discuss the ways in which I can assist you in achieving your company’s goals. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
There you have it! Salary estimate for a procurement officer at entry level and a free cover letter for your next job application.
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The writer is a Communications Officer at Corporate Staffing Services, a leading Recruitment firm that offers CV Writing, Job Placement & Career Advice. Email: Elizabeth@corporatestaffing.co.ke