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Vendor Management Skills Accelerate Supply Chain Career Growth

This article is a companion piece our Leadership Podcast, "The Art of Leading Other Leaders."  Introduction Your supply chain career will advance much faster once you master the art of external vendor management and can balance that with your internal priorities and obligations. The most successful leaders in supply chain are those that  conduct the symphony of interdependence in balancing and managing internal relationships and obligations with long term partners. Some people thrive on leading internally and find career growth there. Some people do better handling vendors, third party suppliers, and other external relationships. The people that can have [...]

By |February 12, 2024|Tags: , , , |

Supply Chain Experience Provides Many Profitable Opportunities

Supply chain experience holds immense potential for professionals seeking a rewarding and lucrative career path. Leveraging this expertise effectively can unlock various opportunities across industries and propel individuals toward greater success. In this guide, we'll explore strategic ways to maximize your experience for a more profitable career. The future of supply chain can’t be seen in detail, but if you’re willing to follow the breadcrumbs, there’s a lot we can figure out. In doing so, we can prepare different tactics and strategies for employers and employees to help protect the bottom line and generate career advancement opportunities. Highlight Specialized [...]

By |January 11, 2024|Tags: , , , |

A Hybrid Work Schedule Provides the Best of Both Worlds

Introduction Hybrid work schedules were once reserved for rare instances of satellite offices or other special circumstances. The Pandemic has disrupted the norms more than initially thought and made these working arrangements more prevalent across industries, including supply chain. Compensation packages in supply chain and other industries reflect these changes and employers are wise to accommodate new demands while candidates should be aware of limitations involved in certain working environments. Employers have been saying that remote working will die for quite some time. But, that doesn't seem to be the case. Prevalence of Hybrid Work Schedules According to a [...]

By |January 5, 2024|Tags: , , , |

Talent Pipeline Management in a Neutral Market

Talent pipeline management continues to be a crucial element of success or failure in today’s world of supply chain. This is another in our series analyzing the intersection of supply chain and talent. We will continue reporting on this in real time so that employers and employees in this dynamic field can hopefully gain some insights on useful tactics and not be blindsided by ebbs and flows of how the market impacts supply chain talent strategies. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2023 was certain to bring about a recession. It never happened but companies prepared as if it was imminent and worked to [...]

By |December 7, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Comparing Contingency and Retained Search: What’s the Difference?

Navigating the complex world of executive search can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to choosing between retained search and contingent search methods. Both approaches have their merits, but which one is best suited for your company’s specific needs? In this blog post, we’ll explore the key differences between retained search and contingent search, weigh the pros and cons of each method, and provide valuable insights to help you make the right decision for your organization’s talent acquisition strategy, with a focus on the benefits of retained search. Key Takeaways Retained search is a comprehensive and consultative approach [...]

By |November 16, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Growing Prominence of Interim Staffing

Introduction The "non-recession recession" has some companies hedging their bets on hiring. They want to control costs as demand slows but don’t want to overcorrect in a market that is still very tight for most roles. While growth continues and remains a strong desire for many of these organizations, companies are cautious on talent expansion, especially in highly specialized fields like supply chain. We have seen various tactics used by large and small employers in 2023 as they trim their sails and attempt to maintain momentum.   One of the ways in which employers are hedging their bets is to [...]

Why Supply Chain Transformations Fail

Introduction Supply Chain transformations fail because of poor planning. That's the most succinct and oversimplified way to put it. Historically in large and small companies, change and transformation were viewed as a periodic event.  In many cases, businesses did not place a special focus or dedicate resources to manage the change as a structured event.  Instead, they would muscle in and reactively deal with the impacts, issues, and challenges.  In a few companies, an effort was made to intentionally deal with the change, invest in resources and skill sets to do it well.  For those companies, the chance of [...]

Contract Staffing on the Rise in Supply Chains

Introduction Contract staffing offers the dynamic world of supply chain management solutions to problems that these organizations regularly struggle to solve by optimizing workforces to meet fluctuating consumer demands and disruptions. When you add in rapid technological advances and the need to quickly build capacity to handle these obstacles, rapid hiring practices become in-demand. Supply chain contract staffing emerges as a powerful solution to address these challenges efficiently. Understanding Supply Chain Talent Needs Supply chain contract staffing involves hiring temporary professionals on a contractual basis to fulfill specific roles and responsibilities within the supply chain function. These contract staff [...]

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