It’s important to generate interest
and build a pipeline of talented
supply chain individuals prior
to your company’s hiring needs
It is good to know that the state of the U.S. economy is slowly recovering, but what exactly is the condition of unemployment in the supply chain management industry? Well, believe it or not – it is low. The concern within the industry is not little opportunity in the job market, but being able to find the best, top-tier talent out there to fill the positions and roles needed. The exceedingly high majority of those individuals are already locked-in, employed and excelling in their careers. So when a position becomes available within a given company, it can be a struggle to land the right person, as most often, they are not looking for that “next opportunity.”
So then the question becomes –what can a company do to find the most talented people in this increasingly competitive market?
It is easy to identify bullets on a job description, but Hiring and HR Managers need to take further steps to ensure they are placing the exceptionally best individual into their organization. Nowadays, employers are increasingly looking for those with a diverse, but strong skill set. According to many supply chain professionals, some of the qualities desired include:
- A robust analytically-minded individual, having the ability to break things down, analyze trends, and numbers. Being keen in multiple programs, systems and proficient in Excel are skills, moving forward, that should not be an added-value, but a necessity.
- Being adaptable. Able to handle change and react quickly to things in an ever changing and fast society.
- Leadership. Those that are confident in themselves, their abilities, as well as their teams.
- Working well in a team. Being able to constructively work well with others, where especially in supply chain and operations, the diversity of those on a team can vary.
- Communication. The aptitude to effectively articulate ideas, plans and solutions are a key to success.
- Project management. To independently direct and manage a given project.
- Solutions-based thinking. A ‘take action’ problem-solver, and also a creative mindset to process improvements.
In addition, instead of being reactive to your supply chain talent acquisition, be proactive. As companies face such instances as retirement and promotion, developing a plan of action and building a talent pipeline for when these situations occur is highly crucial. Understanding skills needed, but also the demand of business in their market.
An article written by Rob Handfield states that “We need to be thinking about not only ‘what new positions we need to recruit for,’ but also ‘what positions will we need to be recruiting for given our current growth trajectory, and different levels of attribution that are bound to occur.” Also essential, is being able to move a candidate quickly throughout the interview process. The market is highly competitive, so move efficiently and do not draw the interview process out.
Generating the interest of talented supply chain, operations, procurement, logistics and distribution individuals begin with developing strong relationships. Look within your organization first using referrals. Your own workforce can be a talent pool in its own right. Utilizing social media, postings, name generation, targeted marketing/email campaigns, holding events and cultivating relationships with local organizations, schools and universities are all effective methods of sourcing talent. Finding out what institutions offer strong programs and are conducting research in the areas that the company is looking can lead to an untapped mine of ‘up-and-coming’ talent.
Lastly, it is imperative to keep a companies’ current employee base fully engaged, challenged and appreciated. Continue to strive in the training and development of the already highly competent, sought-after talent within the organization. When it’s all said and done, no one knows what will be most effective to a company’s supply chain, then those that keep it functioning at its best.
Learn how Hudson RPO can help you source the top supply chain talent. Contact us today.