CV writing tips

Tips for writing a Purchasing & Supply Chain specific CV

There are plenty of websites which can help you with generic CV writing skills but for Purchasing & Supply Chain specific CV’s we would advise the following:-

  • Listing categories, commodities and services in which you have experience of procuring.
  • Detailing which geographical regions you have experience of sourcing from, i.e. UK, Far East, Eastern Europe, USA.
  • Including spend values, both total and per category/ commodity if possible.
  • Including any cost savings you have made in either percentage or actual terms.
  • Detailing your experience of supplier management, particularly any under-performing suppliers.
  • Explaining your experience of running tenders and of drafting commercial agreements/ trading terms etc.
  • Detailing your relationships with stakeholders.
  • Listing your key achievements for each role (our clients frequently comment that candidates fail to do this).


The only other thing we ask is that you submit your CV in Microsoft Word, in as simple a format as possible. CV’s with tables, obscure fonts, images and photos etc look very pretty but our clients ask for CV’s to look clear and consistent so we are often asked to clear all formatting and pictures before we submit a CV. 


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