INTRODUCTION Supply chain job descriptions can be the first weapon in your arsenal to attract top talent. The competition for top supply chain talent is fierce these days. Unfortunately, a lot of companies treat their job descriptions as a necessary evil instead of a strategic marketing tool. These companies have yet to learn that there’s a strong association between a company’s job postings and its brand image. In other words, posting bad job descriptions can have a negative impact on a company’s brand image and deter the best candidates from applying. The demand for top supply chain talent has [...]
Sourcing top notch supply chain talent has become just as volatile as the supply chain itself and requires specialized recruiters who double as supply chain consultants and talent advisors for your organization. Disruption and volatility has become the norm in the world of supply chain. The field was wrought with archaic processes, aging workforce, and prone to delays from things like weather events and political whims. It now seems that geopolitical impulses and volatile externalities have had a permanent disruptive impact on the end to end supply chain world. Because of this, it has become ever more important to be able to rely on your specialized supply chain recruiter as a supply chain consultant.
The time may come sometime in the near future for you to make a very important hire. That effort could best be left up to professionals who specialize in the specific duty of sourcing and placing candidates well qualified for the role you’re seeking to fill. Here are just a few things to expect when working with a recruiter. Working with a supply chain recruiter brings along with it some very unique duties and expectations which may not be familiar with people who haven’t engaged in this type of work before. Here’s a bit of a primer on what [...]
Struggling to hire and retain supply chain talent? Be sure to check out SCM Talent Group’s 10 part blog series that covers the top strategies employers can implement to improve their ability to hire and retain supply chain talent. If your primary recruiting strategy is “posting and praying”, you are basically fishing from a freshwater pond versus the ocean. There’s a sea of top performers that are content in their current roles and are rarely surfing the job boards, so if you think you’re going to find supply chain talent through a job advertisement, you’re setting yourself up for [...]
The supply chain labor market has been going through volatile changes and disruptions. Staffing has been a challenge at the front line and in professional ranks for the past two plus years. In the last six months, there have been signs that economic activity is slowing. Some spaces, including technology, have seen the beginnings of layoffs. This is what we would expect given history. To date, this type of activity has been less prevalent in Supply Chain jobs. So what is different about jobs in Supply Chain and will we see this continue? Supply Chain leaders are using different approaches and we will discuss a few of them. One such shifting dynamic is labor hoarding - an age-old term used to describe the retention of a company’s labor base during down economic times.
Conducting a routine workforce planning study is important for optimizing your organization’s ability to hire and retain supply chain talent. In a way, it’s similar to supply chain planning, but instead of planning for raw materials and finished goods, workforce planning involves developing a forecast for your talent needs over a time period ensuring that your organization is aligned with the right strategies and resources to satisfy your talent demands. Here are the key steps needed to get started with conducting a workforce planning study: Gain a Deep Understanding of your Company’s Talent Landscape From a high level, you’ll want [...]
Here are a few of the hot trends we’ve spotted in the overall supply chain job market along with our recommendations for how you can best position yourself for success, while avoiding the common pitfalls that exist within a high-demand, low unemployment job market.