We’re are often asked why they would recommend a career in supply chain management. Many suitable candidates are unaware of the wide opportunities that are open to them within the industry and how their skills are highly valued. Supply chain recruitment covers a broad variety of industries, with openings in the public sector, smaller companies and multi-nationals with a global reach.
When advising aspiring supply chain managers on how to take their first step on the career path, Bis Henderson recruiters will clarify whether there is a specific area in which the candidate would be more suited. As an example, ‘planning’ calls for an aptitude for forecasting and inventory control, with a calm and capable approach in handling issues involving customer service. Whereas a placement within ‘operations’ requires flexibility and the ability to manage co-workers on a daily basis, while ensuring the product line flows smoothly and efficiently.
A candidate’s C.V will reveal the experience level and qualifications achieved, but in order to excel in an increasingly competitive and fast moving field, successful SCM leaders must be adaptable and show a tolerance for change. Soft skills are of prime importance and Bis Henderson will always advise candidates that they should ensure they show good response and interaction throughout the interview to assure the interviewer of their ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and customers. There must be a likeable ‘feel good factor’.
An exceptional leader will make a considerable difference to the performance of the supply chain operation and will be invaluable to the employer. Bis Henderson clients look for supply chain candidates who display decision making skills and the talent for mentoring others to ensure constant improvement and innovation within the team.
We have entered into a new era in supply chain management and companies are now looking for candidates to fill executive positions who have fresh talent and the ability to meet the challenges of world-class supply chains and global sourcing. Bis Henderson will ensure the most appropriate solution is found to meet the candidate’s career objectives and the client’s staffing needs.