With many of the ‘baby boomers’ preparing for retirement from supply chain management positions, now perhaps more than at any other time, the search is hotting up for fresh talent to replace them. There is already a significant shortage of potential supply chain candidates with a contest to secure the best available and demand currently exceeding availability.
The challenge in supply chain recruitment today is to convince education leavers of the extensive opportunities that are open to them if they take up a career within the industry. Fortunately, universities are now offering supply chain focused programmes and Bis Henderson recruiters recognise how essential it is for employers to attract and retain these graduates. They will deliver an understanding of key issues within the field, with new skill-sets and learning that will ensure an innovative approach.
However, Bis Henderson would also advise employers not to overlook the Millennials, or generation Y who are already holding supply chain manager roles.
Those who were born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s bring with them a wealth of knowledge in the field of technology, analysis and IT. With the rapid increase in e-commerce within the supply chain operation, these skills are the key to data-driven deliverability. The new talent at career level entry in supply chain management are generally also flexible team-players and are comfortable with collaboration work culture, both internally and reaching wider through the global network.
From the outset of the supply chain recruitment campaign, Bis Henderson will consult with the client to provide guidance and clarity on what can be offered to young professionals. Most candidates will want to see that the critical technology is already in place, rather than promises of up-dated systems still to be implemented. The challenge is to meet their expectations in order to get them on board ahead of the competition.
Supply chain managers without doubt will be dealing with increased complexity in the future, with the bar set high for on-time and accurate delivery. Bis Henderson will ensure a recruitment solution that will make a positive difference and add value to the operation.