Entering the Supply Chain

Entering the Supply Chain

While different businesses may provide unique opportunities for supply chain careers, new supply chain technologies and business models are generally boosting employment and career development. According to a recent study, tactical positions would grow at an annual pace of over 8% while management roles would grow at almost 15%.

 

On the other side, supply chain management recruiters frequently prioritise specific talents over generalists, whether for entry-level or higher-level employment. Industry and functional experience requirements for entry-level roles may vary depending to the amount of demand for qualified individuals. You may be able to improve your experience or partially compensate for a lack of it by implementing one or more of the following strategies:

 

Acquiring necessary supply chain certifications for the employment responsibilities in which you are interested for procurement. Additionally, consider your potential “return on investment.

Working your way up the supply chain ladder by beginning with an entry-level role as a warehouse operative, a supply chain analyst, a dispatcher, or another readily accessible position. The attraction (or lack thereof) of this strategy will vary according to aspects such as age, ambition, and current job stage. For example, if you were formerly the general manager of a hypermarket, transitioning to a logistics chain analyst and no longer managing 100 employees each day may come as a surprise.

Getting to know the relevant people – particularly those wanting to employ – while also demonstrating sufficient supply chain gravitas (knowledge, experience, abilities, and certification) to support your CV and potential application.

Transferring from a neighbouring or similar job to a supply chain position, for example, from accounting to inventory management or from public relations to client interaction. Creativity and the ability to position your experience as relevant and beneficial might assist in narrowing the number of potential alternatives. For instance, a technical project manager or engineer could apply to become a procurement engineer, providing the procurement team with much-needed technical expertise. A salesperson may also seek to become a procurement engineer, but must bring understanding of sales negotiation skills and the capacity to distinguish between ethical suppliers and those that lean toward unethical practises.

Working in supply chain positions on a temporary basis. Entry-level positions are sometimes preceded by trainee positions or internships. Contract work is another option, however chances may be limited to individuals with prior supply chain experience.

Is It Time to Make a Change?

Perhaps you’ve already been booked for a supply chain job interview – or even received a job offer. Are you willing to accept? Numerous aspects, including employment interest, longer-term potential, and, of course, salary, will undoubtedly influence your decision. In some circumstances, a lesser wage, at least initially, may be acceptable given the position’s attractiveness and promise. If, however, the proposed wage does not match your expectations or needs, or if you are simply unsure how to approach the subject during an interview, consider the following:

 

It is much easier to negotiate your desired terms during an interview or prior to accepting a job offer than it is to attempt to do so after you have begun. If you are unable to obtain what you desire or require, consider seeking another opportunity and/or increasing your perceived value to a prospective supply chain employer.

Your perceived value to a supply chain directly affects the compensation paid. You can enhance it in two ways: by demonstrating additional skills relevant to your employer’s needs (for example, through a corresponding supply chain technical or management certification); and by taking on increased levels of responsibility, either immediately or over time in your new supply chain job.

Having a firm grasp on what you will and will not accept as a change can assist you in making the best choice possible, rather than simply jumping at the first offer you receive.

 

Circulation within supply chains

The same approaches and ideas for breaking into the supply chain business frequently apply to changing jobs once you’re in. The sector is large and diverse enough that many moves qualify as career changes as well, whether due to differences in the sort of work performed or the industry sector in which it is performed.

Continued education, networking, qualifications, and suitable career strategizing are all ongoing background chores that must be completed in order to be prepared to seize chances as they arise or as they are created. With the appropriate expertise and skills, you may even choose to work as a supply chain consultant, identifying problems and opportunities and implementing solutions – a continuous series of micro supply chain career changes, if the diversity is sufficient.

Making a choice

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