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DSJ Global: Your Leading Partner for Supply Chain Planning Talent

DSJ Global is a leading talent partner delivering mid-senior end-to-end supply chain talent. We secure business-critical Planning professionals through permanent, contract, and multi-hire recruitment solutions.

Planning is a fundamental aspect of the supply chain that allows for smooth distribution of sales, lower costs, increased customer satisfaction, and precise inventory management. Our global supply chain specialists have exceeded the expectations of clients and candidates for 15 years by providing extensive knowledge, passion, and experience.

With the compound annual growth rate of supply chain management services expected to grow by 10.5 percent between now and 2028, the US is facing a high demand for qualified and specialized supply chain Planning professionals.

To ensure you don’t miss out on securing the right Planning professional for your business or becoming the next candidate to settle into a new role, DSJ Global will deliver a high-quality, trusted service that provides a competitive advantage for both sourcing talent and the best opportunities for professionals.

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At DSJ Global, our Planning team is dedicated to delivering innovative recruitment solutions and leveraging advanced technology for enhanced resilience. As the supply chain industry experiences a surge in demand for digital tools, automated processes, and sustainable practices, factors including talent gaps and the impact of COVID-19 are driving substantial growth.

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Supply Chain Planning Jobs

At DSJ Global, we are at the forefront of the Planning evolution, connecting talented professionals with exciting opportunities in this dynamic sector. If you are ready to shape the future of supply chain Planning, browse our live roles at DSJ Global and take the next step in your career today.

Planning Manager

Summary: The role of the Planning Manager is essential in driving materials planning and production planning activities within the organization. This position is critical for delivering outstanding customer service, optimizing inventory levels, and maintaining an efficient production schedule. Working closely with cross-functional teams, the Planning Manager spearheads efforts to promote discipline, implement best practices, and cultivate a culture of continuous improvement to achieve and maintain operational excellence. Leading by example, demonstrating core values, and nurturing employee development through constructive feedback are key expectations for this role, ensuring continual professional growth among team members. Responsibilities: Provide leadership, coaching, and guidance to the Planning team. Develop production plans in alignment with sales order demand and forecasts. Strategically plan material requirements and coordinate production activities across multiple sites. Assess production needs based on plant capacity and market demand. Establish clear planning methodologies to ensure comprehensive coverage. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to anticipate, mitigate, and prevent delivery disruptions to customers. Lead weekly operations planning meetings, presenting KPI reports on planning and manufacturing adherence. Oversee forecast management and collaborate with Operations to devise capacity requirement plans. Contribute to enhancing the ERP system for improved efficiency. Take charge of the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process, leveraging outcomes to establish production schedules and material needs. Champion cost-effective and efficient production through the application of lean manufacturing principles. Coordinate with Purchasing and Operations teams to fulfill customer lead time requests effectively. Additional Responsibilities: Establish and oversee individual KPIs for the planning team. Provide training and mentorship to Planners on maximizing the ERP system's potential. Conduct annual performance evaluations for Planners. Take an active role in leading, participating, and engaging in initiatives and projects aimed at enhancing KPIs, problem-solving frameworks, culture, and employee retention. Offer recommendations for enhancing safety protocols, production methodologies, equipment efficiency, and overall quality standards. Qualifications: Demonstrated 3+ years of managerial or supervisory experience within mid to large-scale manufacturing settings. Possess 5+ years of hands-on involvement in capacity planning utilizing contemporary ERP systems, preferably with proficiency in Microsoft Dynamics AX or D365. Proficiency in Microsoft applications, with advanced expertise in Excel spreadsheet functionalities. Exceptional communication skills, capable of transparently addressing complex and challenging topics persuasively. Exhibit robust independent organizational abilities, coupled with analytical prowess, meticulous planning skills, and adept project management capabilities. Ability to translate raw data into actionable insights effectively. Self-motivated with a knack for articulating findings, offering recommendations, and facilitating transformative change initiatives. A Bachelor's degree in supply chain, APICS/CPIM certification, Business Management, Logistics, or a related field, or an equivalent blend of educational background and practical experience. If you're ready to join a dynamic, fast paced manufacturing firm, apply below!

US$100000 - US$115000 per annum
Hebron
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Customer Operations Manager

Job Title: Customer Supply Chain Manager Location: The Randstad, Netherlands Introduction: We are seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to join the team of one of Europe's leading Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has experience managing customer relationships, optimizing service levels through E2E Supply Chain process, driving digitalization and sustainability within supply chain operations. Responsibilities: - Build strong relationships with customers to drive operational excellence. - Optimize end-to-end (E2E) supply chain processes. - Drive digital transformation across all aspects of the business. - Ensure sustainable practices are implemented throughout the organization. Qualifications: 1. A Bachelor's degree or higher education qualification relevant to Supply Chain Management or equivalent practical work experience. 2. At least 8 years' previous experience working in Supply Chain/Operations roles. 3. Excellent communication skills both verbal & written; fluency in Dutch and English required. 4. Strong analytical capabilities including proficiency using Microsoft Excel. Skills: 1.Customer Relationship Building: Ability build positive rapport quickly by responding promptly when needed whilst providing excellent client services. 2.Optimization: ability analyze current processes / procedures, identify areas where improvements can be made make recommendations on how those changes could lead optimized process flows. 3.Technology savvy: Experience implementing new technologies such as IoT-based solutions into existing systems. 4.Sustainability focus: Driving programs focused towards reduction waste energy consumption efficiencies.

Negotiable
Amsterdam
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Logistics Supervisor

Our client are a World-Leading Mining Group. They are committed to innovation and sustainability, investing in research and development to address global challenges. Who is seeking a skilled and experienced Logistics Supervisor to join our team in Hong Kong. As a Logistics Supervisor, you will be responsible for overseeing import/export operations, managing documentation, handling letters of credit (L/C), coordinating shipping operations, and demonstrating knowledge of third-party logistics (3PL). Responsibilities: Manage and supervise import/export activities, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and requirements. Coordinate and oversee the preparation and processing of import/export documentation, including customs forms, shipping invoices, and related paperwork. Handle letters of credit (L/C) and ensure proper documentation and adherence to L/C terms. Collaborate with internal teams, suppliers, and freight forwarders to ensure efficient and timely delivery of goods. Monitor inventory levels and work closely with the procurement team to ensure optimal stock levels. Oversee the selection and management of third-party logistics providers (3PL), ensuring effective partnerships and service levels. Implement and maintain logistics processes and procedures to improve operational efficiency. Conduct regular audits and quality control checks to ensure accuracy and compliance. Analyze logistics data and generate reports on key performance indicators (KPIs) to identify areas for improvement. Stay updated on industry trends, regulations, and best practices in logistics and supply chain management. Requirements: Proven experience in logistics, import/export operations, and shipping procedures. Familiarity with documentation requirements and processes related to import/export activities. Knowledge of letters of credit (L/C) and their application in international trade. Understanding of third-party logistics (3PL) and experience in managing 3PL providers. Strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams. Attention to detail and accuracy in handling documentation and data. Proficiency in relevant computer systems and software applications. Adaptability and flexibility to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Fluency in English; proficiency in additional languages is a plus.

Negotiable
Hong Kong
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S&OP Manager (W/M/D)

We are working with a global leader in the retail industry famous for their expertise in e-commerce and providing the Europe with the biggest online platform for fashion and lifestyle with over 50 million active customers. They are looking for a hungry S&OP Manager to join their dynamic team in Berlin as part of an expanding team brimming with potential and a never-ending desire to achieve more. They are looking for a talented planner with new ideas, a passion for personal development & growth and a keen eye for areas of improvement and process optimisation. Key responsibilities: - Develop and implement optimisation plans for the S&OP function. - Cross collaboration with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment between demand forecasts, production schedules and sales forecasts. - Analyse inventory levels, production schedules and sales forecasts to identify supply chain risks and mitigation opportunities. - Stakeholder management to provide necessary report on KPIs and market trends to key decision makers. Qualifications: - Demonstrable experience in S&OP Planning - Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to interpret complex data and trends - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills - Extensive experience with S&OP software and Microsoft Office tools If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please apply with your CV.

Negotiable
Berlin
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Senior Materials Manager

DSJ Global have partnered with a global pioneer the heavy manufacturing industry, who is currently hiring for a Senior Materials Manager in the Tarpon Springs, FL area. This organization has been operating for multiple decades, and is growing in their diverse array of products which cater to global needs across multiple sectors. For those driven by boundless curiosity, this company offers an environment where you can thrive and significantly impact the entire population. As heavy manufacturing organization in the Life Sciences space, they are at the forefront of accelerating the exploration, advancement, and delivery of solutions aimed at safeguarding and enhancing human health. In the role of Senior Materials Manager based in the Tarpon Springs area, you will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the employer's business goals, which involves creating an agile end-to-end environment from order initiation to final shipment. You will lead the on-site Materials Team, fostering high performance and cultivating a culture of continual improvement. Your duties will include: Spearheading the development and management of the planning, procurement, receiving, warehouse, and shipping functions. Collaborating with strategic sourcing to optimize inventory and service levels. Establishing and aligning site objectives, cultivating a culture of systemic thinking. Driving inventory cost savings initiatives and enhancing warehouse processes to optimize customer delivery. Ensuring adherence to factory planning standards and strategies. The ideal candidate should possess: A Bachelor's degree (an MBA is preferable) in Materials Management or Supply Chain Management, or related field Over 5 years of experience in materials planning within an international manufacturing and supply chain context. 5+ years of work history in leadership within the procurement and/or inventory management fields Extensive background in inventory management, logistics, demand planning, and scheduling. Demonstrated leadership experience in procurement and inventory management. Proficiency in continuous improvement methodologies and ERP systems. Additionally, advantageous qualifications: Proven track record of KPI enhancement Certification in Lean Manufacturing or 6 Sigma Solid understanding of RCCA and Lean principles, particularly in the context of DMS. At this global leader in manufacturing of life sciences products, there is a blend of science, technology, and operational expertise to amplify the real-world impact of emerging advancements. This company is committed to fostering diversity and promoting equal opportunity, celebrating the unique perspectives and contributions of our associates, customers, and shareholders alike. We offer reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities throughout the application and employment process.

Negotiable
Tarpon Springs
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Director Supply Chain Planning (W/M/D)

We are working with a global leader in the aerospace industry who are committed to innovation and growth. They are seeking a Director of Supply Chain planning to help their planning team take the next step in their development and help drive business growth to new heights. As the Director of Supply Chain Planning you will play a crucial role in ensuring the planning function is optimised to ensure initiatives in production, warehousing and customer satisfaction are seemless. You will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans for demand forecasting, inventory management production scheduling and distribution activities as well as developing your own team. Key responsibilities: - Develop and execute strategic plans to optimize the end-to-end supply chain process, including inventory management, demand forecasting, production planning, and distribution. - Collaborate with cross-functional teams to align supply chain strategies in line with business goals and objectives. - Implement best practices and continuous improvement initiatives to enhance supply chain efficiency, reduce costs, and improve service levels. - Monitor KPI performance and identify areas for improvement. - Stay current with industry trends, market dynamics, and emerging technologies to identify opportunities for improvement and innovation. Key Skills: - Demonstrable history in developing and implementing supply chain strategies that drive business growth. - Proven track record of building and developing a growing team. - Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to closely collaborate with cross-functional teams. - Proficiency in supply chain planning software and ERP systems If you are interested in a conversation regarding this position, please apply with your CV.

Negotiable
Munich
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Senior VP Supply Chain Planning

As the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Planning, you will be responsible for leading and overseeing all aspects of supply chain planning operations within the organization. Your primary focus will be on developing and implementing strategic initiatives to optimize supply chain processes, enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and improve overall performance. You will work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment with business objectives and drive continuous improvement across the supply chain. Location: Nashville, TN** Responsibilities: Strategic Planning: Develop and execute supply chain strategies aligned with business goals and objectives. Lead the development of long-term plans for optimizing the supply chain network, including inventory management, production planning, demand forecasting, and distribution. Process Optimization: Identify opportunities for process improvement and efficiency gains within the supply chain. Implement best practices and innovative solutions to streamline operations, reduce lead times, and enhance overall productivity. Demand Forecasting: Lead the demand forecasting process to accurately predict customer demand and optimize inventory levels. Collaborate with sales, marketing, and finance teams to incorporate market trends, sales forecasts, and promotional activities into demand plans. Inventory Management: Develop and implement inventory management strategies to minimize stockouts, excess inventory, and carrying costs. Utilize advanced analytics and forecasting techniques to optimize inventory levels and ensure product availability while minimizing holding costs. Supplier Relationship Management: Establish and maintain strong relationships with key suppliers and vendors. Negotiate contracts, pricing agreements, and service level agreements to optimize supply chain costs and ensure quality and reliability of supply. Cross-Functional Collaboration: Work closely with other departments, including operations, procurement, logistics, and finance, to ensure alignment and coordination across the supply chain. Collaborate on cross-functional initiatives to drive continuous improvement and achieve business objectives. Performance Monitoring and KPIs: Define key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to measure supply chain performance. Monitor performance against targets, identify areas for improvement, and implement corrective actions as needed to ensure the achievement of business goals. Talent Development: Build and develop a high-performing supply chain planning team. Provide leadership, guidance, and mentorship to team members, fostering a culture of continuous learning, growth, and innovation. Risk Management: Identify and mitigate supply chain risks, including disruptions in supply, demand fluctuations, geopolitical factors, and regulatory changes. Develop contingency plans and resilience strategies to ensure business continuity and minimize the impact of disruptions. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, operations management, business administration, or a related field; advanced degree (MBA, MS) preferred. Extensive experience (15+ years) in supply chain planning, operations, and logistics, with a track record of success in senior leadership roles. 5+ years of Food & Beverage industry experience required Proven ability to develop and execute supply chain strategies that drive operational excellence, improve efficiency, and deliver measurable results. Strong analytical skills and experience with supply chain planning tools, advanced analytics, and forecasting techniques. Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and motivate high-performing teams. Strong business acumen and understanding of market dynamics, industry trends, and competitive landscape. Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate and influence stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

Negotiable
Nashville
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Head of Sales Planning (W/M/D)

We are currently working with an exciting disruptor to the Fashion and Retail industry as they seek a Head of Sales Planning. In this position you will be charged with leading a newly created department within the Supply Chain function, setting the standard within the company to implement best practices and shape the future of the sales planning team with this department that is primed for continued growth. Key responsibilities include: Taking responsibility for the Sales Planning function and building a new team Medium - Long term annual and seasonal planning Short term forecasts to determine storage needs, working closely with the sales team Ensuring a consistent S&OP process within the supply chain Cross-functional collaboration with Sales, Procurement and Production teams Regular analysis of Sales Planning initiatives and ongoing process optimisation Key skills include: Demonstrable experience in the S&OP function History with leading a small team Knowledge of the fashion industry is not required, but preferred Strong experience with Microsoft products such as Excel and Dynamics If you are interested in a conversation regarding this position, please apply with your CV

Negotiable
Stuttgart
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VP Production Planning

Overview: As the Vice President of Production Planning, you will be responsible for overseeing and optimizing the production planning processes within our organization. Your role will be critical in ensuring efficient utilization of resources, timely delivery of products, and alignment with overall business goals. You will lead a team of production planners, collaborating closely with various departments including operations, supply chain, sales, and finance. Responsibilities: Strategic Planning: Develop and implement production planning strategies aligned with organizational objectives, ensuring scalability and adaptability to changing market dynamics. Team Leadership: Lead and mentor a team of production planners, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. Resource Allocation: Optimize resource utilization including manpower, equipment, and materials to meet production targets while minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency. Demand Forecasting: Collaborate with sales, marketing, and finance teams to accurately forecast demand, ensuring adequate inventory levels and production capacity to meet customer requirements. Production Scheduling: Develop and maintain production schedules, balancing production capacities with demand fluctuations and ensuring on-time delivery of products. Process Improvement: Continuously evaluate and enhance production planning processes and systems to drive efficiency, reduce lead times, and improve overall performance. Risk Management: Identify potential risks and develop mitigation strategies to minimize disruptions to production schedules and ensure business continuity. Cross-Functional Collaboration: Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams including operations, procurement, logistics, and quality assurance to streamline processes and resolve issues effectively. Performance Metrics: Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor and evaluate production planning performance, implementing corrective actions as necessary to achieve targets. Regulatory Compliance: Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards related to production planning and scheduling. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in operations management, supply chain management, engineering, or a related field. Master's degree preferred. Proven experience in production planning, scheduling, and operations management, preferably in a manufacturing or production environment. Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire and motivate teams towards achieving common goals. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to make data-driven decisions and implement process improvements. Advanced knowledge of production planning software and ERP systems. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across all levels of the organization. Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and effectively manage multiple priorities. Strong understanding of supply chain principles and practices, including inventory management, demand forecasting, and logistics. Proven track record of driving operational excellence and achieving measurable results in production planning and scheduling. Certification in production and inventory management (e.g., APICS CPIM) is a plus.

Negotiable
Atlanta
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Materials Management Expert (M/F/D)

We are looking for a Materials Management Expert to join our client, a global leader in spark plug manufacturing based in Germany. Strong Tableau and Excel skills are essential and while a background in the automotive industry may be preferred, this is not a necessity. The Company has over 10,000 employees worldwide with 450 on-site in Ratingen. Key Responsibilities: Maintaining and improving current SAP processes Support possible HANA induction from initialisation to implementation Produce visual aids for key users through Tableau Work to improve demand and purchasing forecasts to improve purchasing forecasts and plans. Preferable skills: Very good SAP knowledge Skilled with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel Business level English If you wish to discuss this role further, please apply with your CV

Negotiable
Ratingen
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Supply Chain Risk Analyst (W/M/D)

We are working with a global leader in the Medical Device industry as they seek a Supply Chain Risk Analyst to join their team in Aachen. You will be responsible for helping the organisation identify potential disruptions to the supply chain ensuring they can continue to carry out their life-changing work providing MedTech solutions to those who need them most. A brief overview of responsibilities: Risk Identification and Assessment - Proactively identify potential risks within the supply chain including supplier disruption, regulatory changes, geopolitical instability and economic fluctuations amongst others Risk Mitigation Strategies - Develop and Implement strategies designed to minimise the impact of identified risks to the supply chain and business continuity Data Analysis + Reporting - Provide in-depth reports for senior management and stakeholders to highlight key risk exposures and recommended actions to mitigate risks. Supplier Relationship Management - Conduct regular assessments of supplier capabilities ranging from financial stability of suppliers and compliance with relevant regulations Key skills include: Demonstrable history in assessing supply chain risks and implementing preventative measures Strong analysis and report creation skills Familiarity with industry standards and relevant regulations related to supply chain risk management Excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely with cross-functional teams If you are interested in discussing the role further. Please apply with your CV

Negotiable
Aachen
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Supply Chain Planning Manager

Supply Chain Planning Manager - SIOP & Production Planning Charlotte, NC Supply Chain Planning Manager Overview: A leading Global Leader in Specialty Chemicals is seeking a skilled Planning leader to oversee and optimize all supply chain planning operations, with a focus on material replenishment planning, inventory management, and Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning (SIOP). The Supply Chain Planning Leader will join a highly established, growing team to drive the planning strategy for end-to-end Supply Chain, Production & Inventory, and Sales & Operations. SIOP Manager Key Responsibilities: Develop and implement strategic plans for supply chain planning and scheduling operations, emphasizing material replenishment planning, inventory management, and SIOP processes to meet business objectives and customer requirements. Lead material replenishment plans to ensure timely availability of materials and components, minimizing stockouts and excess inventory. Optimize inventory levels through effective inventory management practices, including demand forecasting, safety stock planning, and inventory optimization techniques. Develop and implement SIOP processes to align sales forecasts, production plans, and inventory levels for improved business performance and customer satisfaction. Collaborate with sales, operations, and production teams to develop accurate demand forecasts and production schedules, considering material availability and production capacity constraints. Develop and maintain strong relationships with suppliers and vendors to ensure timely delivery of materials and components, while also managing supplier performance and relationships effectively. Lead cross-functional teams to identify and implement process improvement initiatives aimed at enhancing supply chain efficiency, reducing costs, and improving customer satisfaction, with a focus on material replenishment planning, inventory management, and SIOP. SIOP Manager Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, operations management, or a related field. Minimum of 5 years in supply chain planning roles, preferably in a manufacturing or production environment. Experience with supply chain planning and scheduling software and systems, preferably SAP and advanced planning tools. Proven leadership skills, with the ability to lead and motivate teams to achieve results and drive continuous improvement. Knowledge of Lean or Six Sigma principles and methodologies is a plus. Certification in supply chain management (e.g., APICS CPIM or CSCP) is preferred.

Negotiable
North Carolina
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Forecasting the Future: What to Know About Tomorrow's Demand Planning

In the dynamic landscape of commerce, demand planning stands as a pivotal factor in shaping the success of businesses. As industries continually evolve and consumer behavior undergoes rapid shifts, the future of demand planning emerges as a compelling arena where innovation meets necessity. Below are 5 changes you can expect to see to the demand planning industry in the not-so-distant future, and what this means for your hiring strategy.1. AI RevolutionArtificial Intelligence (AI) is set to revolutionize demand planning by ushering in an era of unparalleled accuracy and agility. AI-driven predictive models, fueled by vast datasets and real-time information streams, will not only forecast demand but dynamically adjust inventory levels and supply chains in response to changing market conditions. This adaptive intelligence will enable businesses to optimize operations, minimize risks, and enhance customer satisfaction. Additionally, AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants will streamline communication channels, facilitating faster decision-making processes. The utilization of machine learning algorithms in demand planning will extend beyond forecasting, however. These algorithms will continuously learn from market trends, customer behaviors, and supply chain dynamics, enabling proactive insights into emerging patterns and potential disruptions.2. Data Integration and AnalyticsThe future of demand planning hinges on the seamless integration of diverse data sources and the application of advanced analytics. Businesses will leverage a multitude of data streams, from IoT devices to social media metrics, to gain comprehensive insights into consumer preferences, market trends, and supply chain performance. This integrated data ecosystem will foster a deeper understanding of individual consumer behaviors, enabling businesses to tailor offerings and experiences.Advanced analytics tools, such as augmented analytics and predictive modeling, will empower businesses to extract actionable intelligence from complex datasets. These tools will uncover hidden patterns, anticipate demand fluctuations, and identify market nuances, enabling more precise and informed decision-making.3. Sustainability IntegrationThe future of demand planning will witness a fundamental integration of sustainability principles. Businesses will incorporate environmental impact assessments, ethical sourcing considerations, and circular economy practices into their demand forecasting models. This shift toward sustainability-aligned planning will not only fulfill ethical responsibilities, but resonate with a growing segment of environmentally conscious consumers, as well. Transparent supply chains and traceability measures will ensure that businesses align their operations with sustainable practices, fostering brand loyalty and trust.4. Demand Sensing and Real-time ForecastingReal-time demand sensing mechanisms will become integral to demand planning strategies. Leveraging IoT technologies and big data analytics, businesses will capture and analyze consumer behavior in the moment. This real-time insight will enable businesses to implement dynamic pricing strategies, optimize inventory, and swiftly respond to market fluctuations.Collaboration will be a key driver shaping the future of demand planning. Businesses will engage in collaborative ecosystems, sharing data and insights among partners to optimize supply chains collectively. Blockchain technology will ensure trust and transparency across these networks, enhancing efficiency and reducing complexities in collaborative endeavors.5. Collaborative Supply Chain EcosystemsCollaboration will define the future supply chain. Demand planning will extend beyond organizational boundaries, fostering collaborative ecosystems. Shared data and insights among partners will optimize inventory, reduce risks, and drive collective success.The future of demand planning will be defined by the convergence of advanced technologies, data-driven insights, sustainability integration, and collaborative ecosystems. Businesses that embrace these transformative shifts will thrive in an ever-evolving marketplace, adapting swiftly to changes, delivering personalized experiences, and fostering sustainable growth. As the landscape evolves, the essence of demand planning remains rooted in its ability to anticipate, adapt, and meet the needs of tomorrow's dynamic markets.The Impact on HiringIn anticipation of the growing demand for skilled professionals in demand planning, recruitment in this field becomes a strategic imperative. Hiring specialist, end-to-end consultants to support your hiring needs will bring industry-specific knowledge and insights, ensuring that businesses acquire talent that aligns with the evolving demands of this particular landscape.At DSJ Global, our specialist consultants leverage their expertise to identify candidates with a blend of analytical skills, industry knowledge, and adaptability. This tailored approach to recruitment is especially crucial in an era where demand planners need to not only forecast accurately, but also possess the agility needed to navigate uncertainties and contribute to strategic decision-making.Contact DSJ GlobalAs the future of demand planning unfolds, the importance of staying ahead in hiring for demand planning cannot be overstated. If your organization is looking to enhance its demand planning capabilities or recruit skilled professionals in this field, our team of specialist supply chain consultants is here to assist. Contact usto explore how we can help you build a team equipped for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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The Race to Dominate the Battery Supply Chain

In an electrified age, batteries are more than just power sources for our devices and vehicles; they're the backbone of modern technological advancement. From smartphones and laptops to electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, the battery's role is pivotal. As we sprint towards a greener future, the intense race to master the battery supply chain, encompassing Supply Chain Logistics, Supply Chain Planning, and Supply Chain Procurement, has never been fiercer. In this article, DSJ Global shares the latest battery supply chain updates and explores their wider implications.Supply Chain Logistics: The Movement MaestroIn the intricate tapestry of battery production, Supply Chain Logistics stands at the center, orchestrating the smooth flow of materials, resources, and information. It's not just about getting from point A to B; it's the intricate coordination of steps that that ensures timely delivery, optimizes storage, and minimizes waste.Every electric vehicle battery, laden with precious materials like lithium, cobalt, and nickel, serves as a testament to the prowess of logistics. From mines to labs and then onto the manufacturing floors, logistics ensures that every component reaches its intended destination in optimal condition. It also manages the challenges of diverse transportation modes, ensuring the chain remains unbroken.The increasing demand for batteries also introduces the challenge of scale. As production numbers soar, logistics must continually adapt, scaling up operations without compromising efficiency or sustainability. This involves strategic warehousing, inventory management, and route optimization to reduce carbon footprints.The Art and Science of Supply Chain PlanningThe skyrocketing demand for batteries places a premium on astute Supply Chain Planning, which must manage meeting today's needs while forecasting tomorrow's challenges and opportunities. With the help of data analytics and AI, manufacturers can preempt bottlenecks, ensure timely deliveries, and keep the production wheels turning efficiently.Procurement: The Strategic Sourcing GuruIn the vast landscape of battery production, the art of sourcing and securing materials is paramount. Here, Supply Chain Procurement emerges not just as a function but as a linchpin of strategic importance. A skilled Procurement professional is akin to a master chess player - always several moves ahead, anticipating market shifts, geopolitical ramifications, and fluctuating demands.Securing materials like lithium, cobalt, and nickel requires a blend of foresight and agility. Adept Procurement teams build robust relationships with suppliers, ensuring a consistent supply even during market upheavals. Ethical considerations further complicate the Procurement landscape. With concerns over mining practices in various regions, the onus is on Procurement specialists to guarantee that materials are sourced responsibly, aligning with both company values and global sustainability standards.Cost-effectiveness remains a cornerstone. Strategic sourcing professionals employ a mix of negotiation skills, contract management expertise, and market analytics to ensure that materials are not only of the highest quality but also procured at the best possible price points. This balancing act between quality, ethics, cost, and future-readiness makes Supply Chain Procurement an indispensable pillar in the battery supply chain.Balancing Act: Environment and ProductionWhile diving deep into logistics, planning, and procurement, we mustn't lose sight of our environmental compass. The quest for battery dominance needs to be complemented by sustainable mining, innovative recycling solutions, and the pursuit of alternative battery technologies.​​Mastering the battery supply chain requires Logistics, Planning, and Procurement to all play in harmony, and as we navigate the challenges of the environment, economy, and geopolitics, expertise in these areas becomes paramount. If your organization is seeking talent or insights to enhance its battery supply chain, please request a call back today from DSJ Global.Looking to hire key Supply Chain talent?Speak to a consultant

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Interview & Hiring Guidance

​5 essential tips for employers, hiring managers, and HR on the hiring process across the end-to-end supply chainThe interview process, from initial phone call screenings and psychometric testing, to face to face interviews with the hiring manager and onsite tours, can often be a long and laborious process. So it is imperative to keep an interview process streamlined and engaged, to ensure talent doesn’t drop out, and your organization, and yourself is represented best. Here are 5 vital top tips for employers to stick to when interviewing top talent. Be present Showing excitement to prospective candidates provides insights for them into the potential team culture and attitude. Asking them questions about themselves, on their interests, their lives, their careers, as opposed to only technical questions to vet their hard skills, goes a long way in connecting on a human level. Another way to connect is by sharing real life examples of the day to day, positive experiences about the role and team, and details about project work. These are important talking points candidates like to know, and while they understand an interview may be rigorous technically, maintaining the conversational, human aspect is important too. Being engaged may sound simple, but given how much of the interview process is over Zoom/VC/phone these days, it is easy to get distracted and check emails or open windows on your computer. Remaining attentive and interested will bring the best out of the interview process and provide a positive candidate experience. Also important is to be interesting yourself. Be in sell modeMany of the above points are indirect examples of selling your team and role. However, in a more overt way, providing exciting opportunities at present and for future career growth are always on candidates’ minds and knowing there is more to be excited about than just hands-on skills or what is in the job description on day one makes them buy into the role and organization more. As part of selling the role, explain why you took this position, and what you liked about the company and team. Be relatable to their circumstances and share with them why the position in your team, at your company, is the best move they can make.Another important aspect to highlight here is the culture. Maybe there is more to what makes the role great than just the daily tasks or responsibilities, such as company sports team, lunch clubs, charitable groups, or environmental initiatives. Highlight what else is enjoyable so that candidates are excited about this role, as well as the team and company, aside from the day to day. These days competition for top talent is so tight, that those cultural differences can distinguish you amongst the rest.Be positive Many of the above points translate to this aspect of hiring, but above all, being cordial, professional, and sharing timely feedback all contribute to a positive candidate experience. In some cases, the candidate may not be a good fit culturally, or for your position, but you should still offer them professionalism and positivity in the interview. Remember, they may have colleagues or a network of other experts that could be better suited for your role/team. You want them to have a positive experience to refer people to you, and maintain your company’s reputation in the market, as well as your own. It's also important to note that many candidates often have other processes in the mix, so if you give them any chances to doubt their experience, they could be more likely to go elsewhere. Be flexible If a professional isn’t the 100% right fit, still ask yourself if there is a place for them in the team or organization, especially if they bring something unique to the company. Keep an open mind when recruiting talent, and consider the future headcount. Potentially you can create a new role for an exceptional candidate, especially if you don’t want to lose someone good to a competitor. See the positives in a candidate’s skillset if they bring enough to the table, and find reasons to say yes, especially in this market. Outside of being flexible with the job description, can you also be flexible with the offer? Offering nuanced benefits, flexible working, and customizing offers to the individual joining can again make the difference between rejecting and accepting. Be decisive The market is still exceptionally hot, so it is vital hiring managers are mindful of how quick an interview process needs to be. “Keeping someone warm” is so important, but if you can’t commit to them you do risk them going in another direction. Therefore, be timely with your feedback, especially if it's positive, to keep the momentum up. If they are at the top of your mind, you should stay at the top of theirs. Try and push approvals quickly as well. This is often bureaucratic but affect whatever influence you can have on an interview or hiring process, and don’t allow things to slow down if you can control it.Finally, be competitive. Don’t allow back and forth negotiations to hinder a process or allow time for other processes to catch up. Put your best, most competitive offer forward so it entices them from the very start.  To hire the best candidate for your open role, get in touch with DSJ Global today. As a specialist talent partner across the end-to-end supply chain, we have access to industry-leading talent around the world. Find the talent you need by submitting your vacancy, or request a call back below to elevate your hiring process with the right talent partner today.

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The Impact of Flexible Working

​Assessing the adoption of flexible working in the supply chain industrySince its introduction to the masses, flexible working has revolutionized the world of employment. As the demand for supply chain professionals continues to grow worldwide, strategies to facilitate flexible and remote working have become essential in attracting and retaining top-tier talent.For many, some degree of flexibility is essential to achieving a healthy work-life balance. This can in turn, result in a happier and more productive workforce, which benefits businesses. However, moving processes away from the office can also have a negative impact on company culture, as teams interact less, decreasing productivity. The ambiguity of the situation made us wonder: What is the real impact of flexible working? To answer this question, here at DSJ Global we engaged with top businesses to understand their flexible working strategy. Exploring the state of flexible working across the supply chain, we take a look at the following: How productivity and company culture has been impacted by hybrid and flexible working patterns What leaders see as the benefits and the challenges to flexible workingHow companies plan to use flexible working to attract and retain top talentOffering valuable insights to professionals seeking to understand the state of flexible working in supply chain, and for organizations reflecting on their flexible and working from home policies, both can take away a number of key considerations from this exclusive report. Download your copy of the report by completing the form below:​

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Finding a Company Culture That Fits

For professionals seeking a new job, it’s often factors like salary, the day-to-day of the role itself, and the company brand that are central to the decision process. But each company has its own culture, customs, and values, even if they aren’t clearly defined, and they actually have more of an influence on your productivity, success, and even earnings than might be immediately clear.The world of work has undergone some remarkable transformation over the last few years, accelerated by the pandemic and the redefining of our values that it sparked - not to mention the major shift to a candidate-driven job market. As a result, experts have been given the opportunity to rethink what’s important to them in their day-to-day work life beyond the paycheck or job spec, and in large professional sectors in particular, such as technology and finance, this has positively influenced hiring companies’ approach to culture and its pivotal role in attracting and retaining top talent, as well as quality of work. A company’s culture is essentially its personality, and while some may think of it as a buzzword that signifies lunch time yoga or wearing casual clothes to work, it plays a much greater role in how an employee shows up for work every day than any promotion, bonus, or salary could. Thankfully, businesses are catching on, and companies from trendy new start-ups to corporate powerhouses are adapting to the changing needs of professionals, investing more intentionally in developing cultures focused on collaboration, positivity, and flexibility, alongside added perks that are both useful and unusual, giving them an extra competitive edge. Business cultures are just as varied as those in societies, and there can be danger in taking a job in a company where there is a cultural disconnect between employer and employee. This can lead to issues down the line as the employee becomes unhappy and the employer is dissatisfied with attitude or performance. When interviewing for a new role, it is therefore imperative that you are conducting your own assessment of their culture and how you would fit into it. It’s one thing to ask broadly about what their culture is like, but it’s important to come prepared with more specific questions in order to get a deeper sense of what life as an employee there would really be like. This article will look at what to focus on when assessing the culture of a workplace you are interviewing for, and how to get a realistic impression of the culture by doing some digging yourself before accepting a job offer. Look beyond the free gym passWhen reading about a potential role at a new company, it’s important to look beyond the shiny, eye-catching perks that they’ll want to tell you all about. While a free gym pass, pizza Fridays, a pool table, and fabulous social events are alluring, (and rightfully so, as they are a sign of a company that wants to reward the hard work of its employees) these are surface level, and your experience in the company will depend much more on deeper cultural traits and values such as flexibility when you need it, a supportive team environment, recognition, and opportunities for growth. While some perks are inventive and exciting and can certainly enhance your experience, a cool office space will never compensate for a negative work environment, and your happiness is always more important than a brand name on your CV or a bottle of beer on a Friday. Remember that perks are part of company culture, but not the culture itself, and it is a company culture that helps businesses pull through times when money for perks isn’t on tap.What is truly important to you?You can work in a beautiful office with tastefully exposed brickwork and a designer chair, but none of this will matter if you hate your job. Approaching your job search having previously assessed what exactly you are seeking from your work life, what your non-negotiables are, and which elements of company culture will have the biggest impact on you, will help you to stay focused and land the role that’s right for you. Work out what truly motivates you and will support you to be the best version of yourself both professionally and personally, whether it’s flexible working options, a diverse workforce, or a tight-knit team, and see if this is provided by the company you are interviewing for. Consider which environments make you feel productive. How do you best work? Are you seeking more autonomy and the option to work from home? Then you may not be a fit for a company that is heavily focused on collaboration and team socialising.What is the company’s mission? Its values? Does it have a corporate social responsibility programme? A diverse workforce? Pinpoint those core values and see how they align with the messages companies are including on their employee value proposition and materials for professionals. These will inspire commitment and confidence in both your search and in the decision you land on.How to research a company culture as a professionalJust as you’ll want to get a feel for a neighbourhood before you buy a house, the same applies when you are searching for a new job. Your actual exposure to a company can be limited within the recruitment process, so we recommend using the following to research a company’s culture.Do some digging onlineHave a look at employee review sites such as Glassdoor for comments from inside the company on their culture. However, keep in mind that people are potentially more likely to leave a bad review than a good one. This may mean, however, that a company with a slew of great reviews could be a particularly positive sign.See if you have any connections within the company on LinkedIn and get the inside scoop from them. Again, don’t take these viewpoints as gospel, but rather as a building block and a way to get a general idea of employee experience. LinkedIn is also a way to find out the general tenure of people who work there as well as possibilities for progression and development. Good retention and development can be a sign of a positive company culture. Branch out during your interviewWhile an interview is a company’s chance to determine whether your skills and experience are right for the role, a large part of the decision will come down to character fit, which is essentially another way of determining how you would fit into their culture. It’s also a two-way street, of course, meaning it’s your opportunity to figure out if their culture is a fit for you, too. A great way to get the answers to this question that you need is to find an opportunity to speak candidly to your interviewer or others you meet within the business. These are likely the people you’ll be interacting with regularly and you’ll want to get a sense of how they communicate, both to you and to each other. Are they excited about the company? Do they seem to get along well? Do you have things in common beyond the professional? These are all factors that contribute to the overall culture and will impact your everyday experience.Be specificAsking a generic question will give you a generic answer, and hiring managers and other people who may be part of your interview process don’t want to hear the same old question interview after interview. Instead, show the company you’re interviewing for that you’re looking for more than to just show up, do the work, and get paid. You’re an individual with more to offer, and all parties will benefit from a good cultural fit. In addition, it’s not enough for you to take their word that they have a great company culture. Get into specifics and request examples of when company values and culture have led to success or excellent employee wellbeing. For example, say that you want to work somewhere where personal development is taken seriously, and then ask for an example where a personal development program has helped an employee achieve a promotion or a new qualification. Or if mental health support is important to you, ask about the ways in which the company offers this and whether it’s been well utilised. These stories and examples will give you a much better impression of how the culture works rather than memorised lines about remote working policies and employee engagement. And on top of that, you’ll get a much better feel for the people behind the job titles, which is half the battle when it comes to understanding where you fit into a company’s culture. No matter what position you find yourself in, use these tips to spot the work cultures that will — and will not — work for you. The company you ultimately choose should enable you to flourish rather than wear you (or your well-being) out.

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Phaidon International Findings

​As a leading talent partner, we keep our finger on the pulse when it comes to hiring trends, and 2022 was no exception. It has never been more important for companies to understand what business-critical professionals are thinking when it comes to making career changes, what compensation they’re after, and what benefits they really desire.We surveyed our vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, and came up with a number of valuable insights that employers need to know about if they want to attract the best talent, and just as critically, keep them.Discover what is motivating top talent around the world right now with our highlights across End-to-End Supply Chain.Download your copy of this report by completing the form below:​

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How to Advance Your Career in Supply Chain

There’s no denying that the supply chain industry is growing at a rapid pace, as demand for products is at an all-time high thanks to significant advances in technology.With this in mind, if you are planning on advancing your career in this highly competitive landscape, it’s crucial that you understand how you can take the necessary steps to achieve your goals. We’ve created a helpful guide outlining how you can advance your career in supply chain.Always go above and beyondIn any line of work, you should always be committed to going above and beyond to reach your full potential. And a career in supply chain is no different. Take every opportunity to demonstrate to your employer that you will always go the extra mile to deliver more than what is expected of you. For example, focus on more than fulfilling your basic duties and instead demonstrate your dedication to your job by volunteering to lead a challenging project or manage a difficult customer. Seek opportunities to expand your knowledge and skill setA great way to advance your career in supply chain is to embrace every opportunity you are given to expand your knowledge and skill set. This will not only open the door to a whole host of new and exciting opportunities, but it will also demonstrate your commitment to your role and help you to fulfill your full potential. Ensuring that you remain in tune with the latest supply chain technologies and processes will also help you to stand out from your peers. Expanding your skill set still demonstrates your commitment to learning more about the supply chain industry – organizations love ambitious employees and this quality rarely goes unnoticed. Shout about your achievementsIf you want to advance in your career in supply chain, never be afraid to shout about your achievements.Always document your accomplishments and highlight what you have achieved at every opportunity. For example, save any testimonials that speak highly of the service you have provided as these are a great way to demonstrate that you have a proven track record for delivering an outstanding standard of service.Communicate with management The only way your employer is going to know that you want to accelerate your career is if you tell them. Communicating your goals with management will allow them to put a plan in place to help you to advance your career. Mentor programs are also a great way to help you to learn and grow, with the support of a colleague already working on the job you want to transition to. NetworkFinally, if you want to advance your career in supply chain, you should take every opportunity to network, even if that means exploring different divisions. Taking the time to put yourself out there will not only help you to expand your knowledge and reach but it’s also a great way to boost your confidence and improve your communication skills. How we can helpHere at DSJ, we secure business-critical talent across the entire end-to-end supply chain, including logistics. Founded in 2008, we provide permanent, contract, and multi-hire professional search solutions across planning, procurement, technical operations, engineering, supply chain leadership & logistics. We firmly believe that finding the right talent is the driving force behind business growth. If you’re looking for your next role in supply chain, get in touch or take a look at our live roles and apply for a job today.

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Sustainability Spotlight: an Interview with Gwyneth Fries

In a world where everything is intimately connected, it’s important to understand the production flow of goods or services – the supply chain ecosystem in other words. But have you ever considered the environmental impact of global supply chains?Although supply chains might be brandished as the ‘weakest link’ for some organizations, with estimates pointing to them being 11.4 times higher than operational emissions, opportunity is certainly emerging on the horizon. We interviewed Gwyneth Fries, Expert Senior Manager at Bain & Company, who reveals how sustainability is having a rippling effect on the supply chain industry and the talent within this space.​Q: Please could you tell us a little bit about yourself, your role, and day-to-day.I am an Expert Senior Manager at Bain & Company. My role is to provide outside expertise and be an internal expert for Bain & Company on corporate sustainability. I work on a number of projects helping organizations to decarbonize, kickstart strategies, launch new products, and create value to ultimately build a greener business.I have been working in sustainability and sustainable development for more than 10 years. I started my career at the World Bank, advising governments in Latin America on supply chain competitiveness for agricultural products. From here I witnessed a lot of waste, particularly food waste primarily from poor logistics and infrastructure, which sparked my interest in sustainability. I then moved to Singapore in 2013, working in corporate sustainability strategy and consulting advisory at a non-profit organization, Forum for the Future. Prior to joining Bain & Company, I was also managing sustainability globally for a warehousing and logistics company called Agility for 3 years, which involved everything from running the human rights program to engaging with customers on how to reduce the emissions footprint of their shipments.There is a huge demand for professionals with an ESG and sustainability background as individual organizations look to build out their sustainability teams. Bain & Company has internal ESG expertise by hiring people like me to match their world-class consulting and build a stronger, well-rounded team.​Q: As a sustainable supply chain and logistics expert, how have you seen the industry adapt and improve to become more environmentally conscious?When we analyze supply chain sustainability, the primary focus is reducing emissions and decarbonization - that’s where the real crisis is. According to our research in the Southeast Asia’s Green Economy 2021 Report: Opportunities on the Road to Net Zero, the region faces a ~3-4Gt gap to 1.5°C aligned emissions levels in 2030 based on latest NDCs. The good thing about logistics is that more efficient logistics means less fuel, so there is a lot of opportunities for efficiency improvements that save on cost and carbon.From the perspective of private companies, the focus has shifted from just efficiency to low-carbon solutions. Previously, only the biggest logistics companies would think about this issue and prioritize efficiency – businesses were not concerned with alternative fuels, electrification, or buying offsets. Maersk has been leading the charge, encouraging the shipping industry to adopt carbon targets and investment in alternative fuels. Recently, we’ve seen a lot of companies adopting an internal price on carbon, exploring shipments, using alternative fuels, working across the industry with suppliers, and couriers working with shippers and their customers to trial ‘green lanes’.In order to build change at the industry level, we need collaboration. There are some interesting collaborations around sustainable aviation fuels, and in order to do these collaborations, you need an entirely different type of skillset. It’s not that this wasn’t tried before, but it has been long and slow – without clear international momentum and accepting that we have a climate crisis, there hasn’t been any urgency to do anything. Now that there’s an urgency, competitors are working together, and shippers are working alongside couriers. Many are thinking about moving beyond the core business, and to do this, skills and expertise will be required to determine what’s the right type of alternative fuels, electric or hybrid solution, or to invest not only in your own supply chain but in a new innovation (hybrid trucks or new companies).In a nutshell, 5 years ago sustainability was about cost-efficiency and reducing fuel usage in supply chains. Today, it’s still about just that, but companies are looking at alternative fuels within the supply chain and beyond, acquiring start-ups, and working collaboratively to accelerate the transition to low carbon fuels.​Q: What specific skillsets are businesses looking for?There are a few different types of skillsets, which is where businesses might need to think more carefully. Many businesses hire one sustainability or ESG professional, but this person can’t do everything. Firstly, experts on carbon accounting and reporting are a necessity in the market. Companies have now recognized that they must do this because there is no business or future if you don’t manage sustainability perceptibly going forward. But the individual that is calculating your carbon footprint isn’t the one who knows the new type of alternative fuel that will work best for your business. Engineers with technical expertise in low carbon fuels, solar energy, or building efficiency are also important.Additionally, collaborative skillsets are imperative. The only way to make progress is together, across multi-disciplines. We all need the industry to shift into a different way of thinking, and through this collaboration, we can build transparency and trust. This is a completely different kind of individual from the one that does your carbon accounting and the one that advises you on which innovations to pursue for R&D. You need people that can think strategically about sustainability and understand the context overall.​Q: Every business needs to be looking at securing professionals with deep sustainability expertise. Are there enough experts to go around?I don’t think there is yet. The issue is typically common in different waves of business innovation. There weren’t graduate programs in climate change and sustainability until recently, so the professionals with sustainable fluency tend to be younger. These individuals haven’t gained the deep industry experience and credibility yet, and have not reached senior leadership roles where the real change happens. My guess is that sustainability in business is following a similar trajectory as digital did before it. Whatever the age, we need people with a vision of a sustainable, low-carbon future for the company to be in the boardroom.​Q: What is one small thing you’d recommend or a piece of guidance to businesses, perhaps who have started their journey on the supply chain, and they need to get going? My number one tip is that sustainability needs to come as a mandate from the C-suite level. CO2 KPI targets are just as important as revenue KPIs. The mistake that several companies make is to hire a young smart professional, for example, to solve these issues. However, where they fall short is not giving that individual the authority they need or failing to involve them in business decisions. I have known many sustainability managers, and it’s common to see those individuals feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and unsupported; they often suffer from quick burnout.Companies have a duty to their shareholders. Today, sustainability is part of that duty to shareholders. It needs to be strategic – it’s not enough to have a separate sustainability and business strategy, the two need to be fully integrated. This will create the right landscape in which to hire the right people and understand what the right skills are. If you don’t work hard to hire the right people and fail to understand the magnitude of the transformation needed, it simply won’t work out.After hiring a professional, if a business does not support their purpose, then they will not stick around.​If you’re interested in having a confidential discussion with Gwyneth Fries, or the team at Bain & Company, please feel free to reach out via: Bain & Company Global Sustainability Innovation Center gsic@bain.com.​Looking to learn more about the sustainability metrics of supply chains? Download our comprehensive report, The Case for Sustainability Practice, for a deep dive into sustainable practices as well as the unique perspectives from sector professionals.

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What Lies Ahead for the International Supply Chain Industry?

​The international supply chain has undergone huge changes over the past few years. There have been moments of challenge, opportunities for development, and situations that have exposed breaks and fractures right along the line. In our role as a supply chain recruiter, we’ve seen businesses scramble to adapt to shifting conditions - with firms upping the ante on their recruitment efforts to build resilient teams and cope with seismic change. But, as we start to emerge from the impacts of the global pandemic, what lies ahead for the international supply chain industry and the people within it? Supply chain disruptions have become public knowledge. Before the recent supply chain crisis, most people who weren’t in the industry knew very little about the international supply chain. However, today - thanks to media coverage - there is a lot more understanding of it. For many consumers, this quest for greater knowledge has often been the result of trying to find out why they don’t have access to preferred goods or products. Transparency is a priority. Partly due to the increased focus on the supply chain, and also because of the problems that have been revealed within many networks during the crisis, transparency is being prioritized. CEOs, consumers, and investors have all been shocked by the fragility of supply chains in many areas and this has led to a surge of transparency-focused change. In the future, this approach will become the norm and all stakeholders will expect transparency, as opposed to asking for it. China has a bigger role on the world stage. China may have started out as a low-cost manufacturer but today it has moved from being a key seller to an impressive buyer, and competitor too. China is going to continue to have a big influence on the international supply chain industry in the years to come, expanding beyond out-of-date perceptions of its potential to be an even bigger player on the world stage. Digitization on a much bigger scale. Like many sectors, businesses within the supply chain are currently going through a wave of digitization - and this looks set to accelerate in the years to come. As a supply chain recruiter, we’ve seen an abundance of opportunities arise in digital skill sets and jobs that support organizations that leverage intelligent supply chains using technology. There are many advantages to doing this, not least in terms of transparency and being able to gain real-time insights on which to base better business decisions.Automation across the board. Greater digitization will also pave the way for the use of more automation across the industry in the coming years. There are many ways in which automation has the potential to make a difference, whether that's with respect to speeding up processes by automatically generating documents or automatically sharing information for the purposes of collaboration or analytics. As a supply chain recruiter, we’ve helped many organizations, and individuals, to overcome challenges in the past few years. Looking ahead to the future, these are some of the key factors signaling what lies ahead for the international supply chain industry. Request a call back from one of our specialist recruiters if you need to get the talent in place to help overcome some of the key industry challenges.

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