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DSJ Global: Your Leading Partner for Technical Operations Talent

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

With 15 years of experience in overcoming extensive hiring challenges, DSJ Global is well-positioned to provide tactical solutions to your talent shortages across the entire supply chain, enabling you to hire the right talent to help you achieve optimal supply and demand goals.

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DSJ Global's specialist Technical Operations team is dedicated to optimizing operational efficiency through innovation and advanced technology. The industry's increasing demand for streamlined processes, automation, and sustainable practices has fueled remarkable growth for Technical Operations professionals, amplified by the enduring impact of global events.

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Technical Operations Jobs

Are you ready to be at the forefront of Technical Operations jobs in the supply chain industry? At DSJ Global, we specialize in connecting talented individuals with the most exciting supply chain roles in Technical Operations. If you're ready to shape the future and take your career to new heights, click here to begin your job search and unlock a world of possibilities in this rapidly evolving field.

Production Supervisor

Production Supervisor Wichita, Kansas area Production Team Job Summary: A U.S. major competitor in food manufacturing and marketing has an opening for a Production Supervisor at their newest and most state-of-the=-art facilities. In a plant where high-speed automation is key, the supervisor must be ready to learn new skills to develop their own careers and apply them to their daily responsibilities of the role. The supervisor must be ready to bring a new level of maturity and professionalism to the role while being able to work with a team, playing a key role in developing the careers of their coworkers. With tremendous opportunities for growth in the position, the role is just the starting point for a path to filling a Manufacturing Manager role. Production Supervisor Responsibilities: Uphold constant improvement in the making of quality products as well as reducing costs while following good manufacturing practices Supervise, train, and develop subordinates while directing production, packaging, and bakery on production lines to ensure USDA and company guidelines are met Coordinate daily work schedules to meet production requirements as needed Check product quality, usage, waste, and product counts to assure performance and attainment Safety, housekeeping, policy administration, employee relations, cost control, and problem solving The ideal Production Supervisor will have the following skillset: 3+ years related work experience - preferably in food industry manufacturing or equivalent combination of education and experience 2+ years of supervision experience Familiarity with LEAN manufacturing Ability to effectively supervise line employees Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs Knowledge of USDA, FDA, and BRC regulations preferred APPLY NOW!

Negotiable
Wichita
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Maintenance Supervisor

Maintenance Supervisor: Great Phoenix, AZ area Manufacturing team Job Summary: A leading food production company is looking to bring in a new Maintenance Supervisor. They are looking for an experienced professional to lead a team at one of their largest U.S facilities. The supervisor will be responsible for driving the company's culture throughout the facility while showcasing their experience to their team. At a company where internal promotion is sought after, the Maintenance Supervisor will be creating their own learning environment for their reports to develop their careers simultaneously to advancing their own. Additionally, the supervisor will be assisting in development, planning, and execution of all plant-related maintenance activities. The Maintenance Supervisor will be responsible for: Developing and refining detailed maintenance job plans and procedures Driving continuous improvement in performance within Maintenance, Operations, Quality, and Safety Understanding how to close gaps identified in Maintenance and training processes to drive maintenance to become less tactical and more strategic Coordinate activities related to shift starts and changes Track, trend, and report on established KPI's Drive culture of engagement though High Performance Work Team The Maintenance Supervisor will have the following skillset: Leadership skills in a plant maintenance environment Preventative maintenance experience 2+ years hands on maintenance experience in a manufacturing environment Experience implementing and working with Continuous Improvement tools and methodologies Knowledge and experience with project planning tools Bachelor's degree Familiarity with relevant LEAN principles such as 5s, TPM, etc. Time management skills

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Phoenix
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Quality Manager

Quality Assurance Manager Greater Pittsburgh Area Job Summary: A rapidly growing Food Production company is hiring a new Quality Assurance Manager to run the Quality department in their largest U.S. facility. The individual chosen for the role will be expected to mentor the QA supervisors to be their backfill as they are brought up to corporate. As a leader of the plant, The Quality Assurance Manager will have the opportunity to help grow a company that has improved in every category year by year. After getting acclimated to company culture, the manager will have the ability to showcase their leadership abilities as well as technical skills to impact the profitable growth of the company. They will be tasked with driving and supporting the plants continuous improvement initiatives through the use of TMOS in collaboration with Operations, Corporate FS&Q and other support functions. The ideal Quality Assurance Manager will have the following skillset: 5+ years of experience working in Food Safety or Quality Bachelor's degree HAACP Certification SQF or BRC Certification Experience with USDA or FDA audit schemes Servant leadership style Strong mentorship experience Strong ability to manage cross-functionally and drive support for Food Safety & Quality initiatives with all leaders in the facility Food Safety and Quality Supervisor Responsibilities: Serve as the sites lead Preventative Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) and GFSI Practitioner Provides oversite of Sanitation resources/department including, not limited to: SSOPs, Master Sanitation Schedule, Sanitation Effectiveness, Sanitation Verification activities and Pest Control Establish facility's operating and capital budgets for FS&Q. Responsible for identifying projects that impact FS&Q and are part of the facility's capital plan Oversee the development, implementation, review, verification, validation, and management of the facilities FS&Q System Develop team member skill sets by conducting evaluations and recommending development opportunities by continuing education, seminars, trade shows and other methods Maintains Quality Module and Inspection Characteristics in SAP system, assuring new workflows are executed timely and accurately APPLY NOW!

Negotiable
Pittsburgh
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Maintenance Manager

Title: Maintenance Manager Location: Vineland, NJ area A leading name in the Food Production industry is seeking an experienced Maintenance Manager to supervise and direct the day-to-day activities within the maintenance department. The position will oversee employees; enter work orders; work with the Operations Manager to oversee the budget, parts inventory and ensuring the preventative maintenance program is running smoothly. The Maintenance Manager will have the following responsibilities: Provide leadership and supervision of maintenance mechanics and/or electricians Provide maintenance support for operational, process equipment, buildings and grounds, and all infrastructures; maintaining the preventative maintenance program, and complying with established procedures and regulations Maintain continuous improvement programing Ensure compliance with departmental and operational safety and regulatory requirements; lead and/or coordinate activities related to SQF, Safety, and Energy committee responsibilities Ensure compliance to, and enforcement of all company policies and procedures concerning cGMP's, food safety and all appropriate pre-requisite programs Direct oversight of all preventative maintenance and equipment improvements in order to maximize run times Performing on-call duties for after-hour emergencies The ideal Maintenance Supervisor must have the following qualifications: Principles and practices of food manufacturing, including: food safety, quality, manufacturing concepts Principles and practices of coordinating capital projects Principles and practices of maintenance, electrical, electronics, boiler, refrigeration PLC, fabrication, and welding Functional knowledge of CPG environments, waste treatment mechanical and hydraulic systems, and electrical systems Working knowledge of FDA, PSM , and OSHA regulations, GMPs, Sanitation, and HACCP Principles and practices of continuous improvement concepts and related application technique Willingness to respond to emergency situations outside of normal work schedule 5+ years experience in a managerial position

Negotiable
Vineland
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Lean Manager

Position Summary: A global manufacturer of consumer goods is looking to hire a new Lean Manager. In this role you will be responsible for enhancing operational efficiency, reducing waste, increasing productivity, and driving cost savings through the deployment of Lean Six Sigma principles and tools. The Lean Manager will be responsible for: Driving continuous improvement and ensuring lean activities are linked to the business objectives. Teach Lean tools to all levels of the organization (5S, Kaizen, Visual Management, Set-up reduction, etc.) Work with site leadership and other on-site Lean experts to foster a culture of operational excellence ensuring buy-in at all levels. Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to measure progress. Analyze data, performance trends, and industry best practices to identify opportunities for optimization. The Lean Manager should have the following qualifications: Strong change management skills and applicable knowledge of lean methodologies. Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Operations Management, or other related fields. 5+ years of experience in plant leadership. Have lead successful transformational experiences where lean was used as the catalyst to drive continuous improvement. Benefits: Competitive compensation package Life Insurance Disability Dental Vision Health 401(k)

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Reno
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HSE Specialist

Environmental Health and Safety Specialist - for a leading Chemicals Company Environmental Health and Safety Specialist Dallas, TX A leading Chemicals company is seeking an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist who is genuine, talented, and collaborative to join their ever-growing team. Do you have food Manufacturing experience, or enjoy providing leadership, preparation, and resources to help create a high-functioning work environment? If you answered yes to any of these questions, enjoy being part company with a steady path of evolution and are looking to take your career to the next level, then apply now! The Environmental Health and Safety Specialist - should have the following skill set: 2 to 5 years' experience in a HSE position. BS in Engineering, Safety, Environmental or equivalent experience. Technical Knowledge - Working Knowledge of Safety and Health government standards as well as Environmental regulations. Change agent - proven track record of supporting/driving significant organizational change towards HSE performance. The Environmental Health and Safety Specialist - will: Support specific project needs and ensure that best practices are implemented, safety compliance requirements are met, and an improved safety culture and performance is delivered. Conduct field inspections and daily interaction of employees on the production floor. Provides HSE technical support, guidance and compliance within HSE. Conduct internal audits of site HSE programs to determine compliance and or the need for program changes. Monitor, oversee and ensure compliance for all environmental health & safety program areas. Enforce company policies and procedures. Coordinate and conduct internal training activities for as required. Take the lead on periodic self-audits of all program areas.

Negotiable
Dallas
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Site Safety Specialist

Job Title: Site Safety Specialist Location: Minneapolis, MN Position Type: Full-time Company Overview: A leading manufacturer in the building products sector, dedicated to producing high-quality products while maintaining the safety and well-being of our employees. We are committed to creating a workplace where safety is a top priority, and we are seeking a dedicated and experienced Site Safety Specialist to join our team. Position Overview: As a Site Safety Specialist, you will play a critical role in ensuring the safety and health of our employees in a manufacturing environment. You will work closely with management and employees to develop, implement, and enforce safety policies and procedures, reducing workplace accidents and promoting a safe working environment. Key Responsibilities: Safety Policy: Develop and communicate safety policies and procedures in compliance with regulations. Training: Deliver safety training programs to employees, ensuring they understand protocols. Incident Investigation: Investigate workplace incidents, document findings, and recommend preventive actions. Compliance: Monitor and enforce safety regulations and standards. Audits: Conduct safety inspections, identifying potential hazards. Emergency Response: Develop emergency response plans and coordinate drills. Reporting: Maintain safety records and provide regular reports to management. Qualifications Minimum of Bachelor's degree in Safety Engineering or related discipline or the equivalent combination of education and experience 2 years of experience in site safety management in a manufacturing setting. Knowledge of safety regulations. Strong communication and problem-solving skills. Ability to work independently and in a team.

Negotiable
Minneapolis
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Senior Production Supervisor

A leader in the global health care industry, enhancing lives worldwide. This companies innovations span diagnostics, medical devices, nutritional's, and more. With over 115,000 dedicated colleagues this company is currently distributing to 160+ countries. Responsibilities: Supervise and mentor production supervisors for multi-shift manufacturing operations, ensuring performance alignment with overall goals Champion product quality, compliance with policies, and adherence to regulatory requirements Establish and track financial performance goals, key performance measures, and budgetary decisions for the manufacturing line(s) Provide coaching, feedback, and training to team members, fostering operator engagement and cost management understanding Lead change management efforts, both within the team and cross-functionally, promoting organizational improvement and results delivery Deputize for the manager, lead escalation reporting, and represent the department during audits and site visits Required qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in business, science, food technology, technical or engineering 5+ years in manufacturing leadership Minimum 1 year in management Distinguished oral/written communication and presentation skills Finance and budget management accountability Advanced problem-solving skills

Negotiable
Elkhart
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Senior Production supervisor

With a portfolio of life-changing technologies, this company is a leader in the health care industry. Their products include generic medicines, medical devices, and nutritionals and serve customers in over 150 countries. Responsibilities: Supervise a team of indirect reports Oversee results for multi-shift manufacturing operations Mentor additional production supervisors during their shift Hold responsibility for the overall performance of manufacturing resources across multiple shifts on a manufacturing line(s) Provide direct mentorship and coaching to other production supervisors who are accountable for their respective shift's performance Exemplify behaviors that guarantee the delivery of high-quality products to customers Instruct others in understand the importance of operator engagement and participation in cost management Establish financial statement, key performance metrics and take responsibility for budgetary decisions Define financial performance objectives for areas like OEE, labor, downtime, units per hour, etc. Take responsibility for surpassing manufacturing performance expectations Direct and lead change initiatives for cross-functional teams Act as a deputy for the direct manager when required Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in business, science, food technology, technical or engineering 5+ years in manufacturing leadership Minimum 1 year in management Excellent oral/written communication and presentation skills Coaching and development skills Change management leadership experience Finance and budgetary management accountability Project management skills Familiar with strategic planning

Negotiable
Battle Creek
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Manufacturing Manager

Manufacturing Manager Required for Leading Plastics Manufacturing Company Manufacturing Manager Suffolk County, NY A leading Plastic Manufacturing firm is seeking an experienced Manufacturing Manager to help oversee their New York Manufacturing Plant. The Manufacturing Manager will collaborate with the production, quality, and maintenance teams to ensure that LEAN Initiatives are being followed. The Manufacturing Manager will have the following responsibilities: Ensure safety and quality at the facility is consistent Oversee all Production Scheduling Monitoring maintenance equipment and ensuring preventive maintenance Run all hiring processes and trainings throughout the facility Drive LEAN Manufacturing Principles Ensure OSHA guidelines are being followed Improve results throughout the facility Ensuring all KPIs are being met or exceeded Working directly with the Plant Managers, Manufacturing Managers, and Quality teams The ideal Manufacturing Manager candidate will have the following skillset: Bachelor's degree 4+ years management experience Experience in plastics industry Working knowledge of LEAN Six Sigma Principles Strong Understanding of ISO 9001 principles Experience working in a Clean Room setting Must be result oriented person Great communication skills

Negotiable
New York
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Production Supervisor

We have a current opportunity for a Production Supervisor on a permanent basis. The position will be based in Elkhorn. For further information about this position please apply.

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Elkhorn
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Manufacturing Manager

Manufacturing Manager Required for Leading Plastics Manufacturing Company Manufacturing Manager Suffolk County, NY A leading Plastic Manufacturing firm is seeking an experienced Manufacturing Manager to help oversee their New York Manufacturing Plant. The Manufacturing Manager will collaborate with the production, quality, and maintenance teams to ensure that LEAN Initiatives are being followed. The Manufacturing Manager will have the following responsibilities: Ensure safety and quality at the facility is consistent Oversee all Production Scheduling Monitoring maintenance equipment and ensuring preventive maintenance Run all hiring processes and trainings throughout the facility Drive LEAN Manufacturing Principles Ensure OSHA guidelines are being followed Improve results throughout the facility Ensuring all KPIs are being met or exceeded Working directly with the Plant Managers, Manufacturing Managers, and Quality teams The ideal Manufacturing Manager candidate will have the following skillset: Bachelor's degree 4+ years management experience Experience in plastics industry Working knowledge of LEAN Six Sigma Principles Strong Understanding of ISO 9001 principles Experience working in a Clean Room setting Must be result oriented person Great communication skills

Negotiable
New York
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Technical Operations News & Insights

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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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How the head of DSJ Global Berlin supports diversity in the supply chain industry

When Phaidon International approached Yacine Fall in 2019, the Berlin office had only just opened. It offered tremendous potential for growth, which Yacine saw and seized. Originally from the south of Germany and a passionate dancer to this day, Yacine had moved to Berlin to study sports and economics. Upon graduation, she wanted a career that empowered her to decide for herself where to go and how to progress. At DSJ Global, she entered the world of end-to-end Supply Chain and has advanced to brand head for DSJ Global in Berlin in just four years. We spoke to Yacine about the importance of International Women’s Day, how she encourages diversity both within her team and at the companies she consults, what advice she would give her younger self, and more. What are you proudest of in your career?“There have been quite a lot of things I’m super proud of, including the progress I’ve made as a person. My team at DSJ Global broke a very long-standing record in January, and it was one of the goals I’d set myself when I became head of DSJ Global in Berlin. I’m very proud that we achieved this as a team, that everyone contributed to a collective effort. It was not a one-man or one-woman show."I’m also proud of the growth I’ve seen and supported. We are now twelve people in the Berlin office. When I started in 2019, we were three. For this year, my goal is to guide several team members into their first management role, which will allow us to grow even further.”Why do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day, especially in the workplace?“I think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day to highlight it and create awareness around it. But I think it’s even more important to make it an actual effort and to center a mission of change. Of course, that’s not something that is done within one day. Rather, every day must be part of the DNA of a business and must be driven forward – not only by women but as a collective effort to change something. "I’m very happy that I found my way into a company that is making an honest effort in changing things. I’m part of an office where we have a very diverse leadership team and very proud of all the other women who are coming into managing roles and actually dominating the management table by numbers. Let’s see what the next year brings!”How do you encourage gender diversity internally in your brand? “For me, it’s not only about gender diversity. In my team, we have quite a good balance between male and female. Diversity also means that you have people of the LGBTQ+ community, people of different races, people of different ages, different nationalities, different languages. That’s what we’re trying to embody in our brand. "To achieve it, we make our hiring as transparent as possible. That involves asking the same questions to everyone to prevent a biased interview process, as well as speaking to as many people as possible. We try to get to know the candidates on an individual level even if they don’t seem like the perfect fit on paper. That’s what I base my own hiring on. "So far, my efforts reflect in the team. Of course, that’s not something you can simply check off a list. There’s always room for improvement. Therefore, we’re working closely with our Talent Acquisition Team to make sure they know the kind of people we’re looking for. That’s very important to me and the DSJ Global hiring strategy.”How do you encourage gender diversity in your sector?“As partners for the companies we’re working with, we engage with them on eye-level and truly consult them."Within end-to-end Supply Chain, especially when you look towards the automotive industry, it’s very male dominated. We make an active effort to highlight female talent or candidates from minority groups to make sure they are actually seen and represented in front of our clients. "It’s an active effort on our part to provide a diverse shortlist. Sometimes, when we find an outstanding female professional looking for a new opportunity, we also contact companies to introduce this candidate. "Of course, female talent has always been a topic, but compared to when I first started, far more companies are telling us directly they expect a certain quota of female candidates in the shortlists we provide. To me, that shows that they’re actually trying to make an effort and address a lack of diversity in their company. Especially bigger companies now have more guidelines in place to avoid discrimination. "But it’s still a long way to go for end-to-end Supply Chain. The roles that we work on at DSJ Global are at a certain seniority level and we can only work with the professionals who are already there. In the future, I think we will see more female talent since a lot of company programs are targeting diverse candidates early on in their careers. You can tell that awareness is increasing year by year, which is a very good thing to see.”What advice would you give your younger self?“The advice I would give to myself in the early stages of my professional career is that you don’t have to apologize for being loud or speaking your mind. Especially now as a female leader, I have far more confidence in myself and in the things I’m saying. I realised that when I first started in the corporate world, I always tried to blend in. I would tell my younger self to not dim your light just to not blind other people. Be there, be vocal, speak your mind. Then you’re going to find your place.”What advice would you give other women and women of color in the professional world? “Especially for women of color, when you’re raised in a very white environment, we usually fall into the trap that you always feel like the eyes are on you and that you draw a lot of attention by the way that you look. Oftentimes, we want to be everybody’s darling and become a people pleaser to not step on anyone’s toes. "But to actually change the way things work in the world, you need to step on people’s toes and have uncomfortable conversations. To gain the strength to do that, it’s very important to find your allies within a company quite quickly, for example, find your sponsors and mentors. Surround yourself with them, speak to them, use them and then it’s going to be far easier to gain the confidence to have these uncomfortable conversations and step on other people’s toes a little bit.”For more interviews with the inspiring women at Phaidon International, please visit our hub here.

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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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Logistics

The most important skills you need to take your logistics career to the next level

​When it comes to developing a logistics career, there are a number of key skills that are vital to have. As a logistics recruiter, we have inside knowledge in terms of what it takes to succeed in this industry. It’s not just a case of being able to demonstrate the right spread of qualifications and experience, but also to show different capabilities and qualities that will ensure you stand out to a logistics recruiter or hiring manager. We've highlighted some of the key skills to note below:Big picture thinking. In any supply chain environment, it’s going to be vital to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Critical thinking, planning ahead, and problem-solving are all key here; from creating contingency plans to being able to identify problematic areas before they arise. Relentless integrity. This means honesty at every level, from customer communication to internal feedback. Instead of covering up issues within the business, strong integrity will ensure that these are quickly dealt with. It’s a crucial quality that hiring managers value highly amongst staff. Being able to respond well under pressure. Working in the supply chain means being able to function effectively in what is often a fast-paced and high-pressure environment. There are serious consequences that can be triggered by problems - such as the costs incurred if a manufacturing line doesn’t have the right materials and has to shut down - and so a calm approach under pressure is essential. The ability to be flexible and adapt. These are qualities we see prioritized often as a logistics recruiter. Change is constant in an industry like logistics; to take your career to the next level it’s essential to demonstrate the ability to adapt when that happens. Exceptional problem-solving ability. It’s one thing to be book smart, but in many logistics roles it’s practical problem-solving expertise that is actually far more valuable. There are many different elements to being an effective problem solver, from analysis and psychology to being able to apply operational data and business development knowledge. A focus on improvement. If you’re keen to take your logistics career to the next level then you need to help the business evolve. A big part of this is having a good grasp of the company’s goals so that you can create opportunities for improvement. This is a key skill that we are often asked to identify as a logistics recruiter, especially by businesses that are focused on growth. Effective management. That could be time management, project management, or people management. Taking your logistics career to the next level will mean being able to plan your time and tasks, being organized and detail-oriented, and being able to coordinate between different teams and people.Are you looking to develop a career in logistics? Take the next step and apply for our current live jobs or submit your CV to become discoverable to all our consultants.

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Logistics

Here's all you need to know about a career in logistics

​Most people have a general idea of what the logistics industry involves. However, if you’re planning a career in logistics then it’s important to understand this on a more in-depth level, from the relationships you’ll need to develop with suppliers, the focus on customer needs, to the costs that are involved in transporting goods and materials. We are logistics headhunters with all the experience you need to secure your chosen career in logistics. Logistics underpins the economy. In fact, there are few industries that don’t rely on it in some way. Any enterprise that is making or selling products, or supplying raw materials, is going to require logistics in order to ensure that it can manufacture items and then transport those to the end-user. So, this is a career path with a wealth of opportunities. Employment prospects for logisticians are robust. As a logistics headhunter, we’re able to see the potential that currently exists for those who have skills in this field. Projections for logistics careers show 4% growth between now and 2029, and there are new opportunities arising all the time.A logistics career could take place in a variety of different settings. For example, you might be working in a factory or an office, or a mobile location such as a delivery center. When you’re looking at the desirable role in a logistics career, it’s a good idea to be clear about the environments in which you'd prefer to work. Qualifications are a key step. Due to the increasing complexity of logistics work, there are minimum requirements in terms of qualifications for many roles (e.g., a bachelor's degree). Plus, employers are always keen to see evidence of a candidate who is motivated to learn and develop through acquiring qualifications and training. Like any high-pressure job, there can be challenging moments. Working as a logistics headhunter, we know how much employers value competencies such as flexibility and adaptability under pressure. That’s because a career in logistics can be high-pressure and mean tackling some challenging situations that can quickly unfold. Logisticians have responsibility for consequences right along the supply chain, and if something happens to disrupt operations there can be a big impact on the bottom line. The best way to approach a career in logistics is to see the holistic picture. This is an incredibly valuable attribute, as it means that you’re not only able to effectively do your own job, but also see where it fits in terms of the broader supply chain. There are courses and training available that can help you to get a clearer idea of the way that your role impacts others and how an effective logistician can make a difference. Being a logistics headhunter means that we are ideally positioned to support those keen to begin, or develop, a career in this field. If you are looking to progress your career in logistics, take a look at our live roles or submit your CV today.​

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Technical-Operations

Talent Trends in Technical Operations Recruitment

Demand for Talent in 2021 After looking at the employment rate from February 2020, it has helped determine where employment within Supply Chain, specifically Technical Operations, has been affected the most going into 2021. Cities and metros that are within 2-5% of that employment rate today are considered healthy, and we will see them move from recovery mode during the pandemic to expansion once again. Cities that are currently at 10% or more compared to their employment rate number from February 2020, are the areas that need the help of recruiters and extra hands on deck to secure top talent. These areas are likely to have a high volume of resumes flooding in due to unemployment rates, and companies may have a tougher time identifying the top talent from the influx of active candidates. Effects on Hiring Processes What do these geographic and employment trends mean for hiring processes in 2021? First, virtually recruiting and remote workers are the new norm for the foreseeable future. This may be a tough concept to adapt to for some Technical Operations teams – most of these roles sit in plants which requires hands-on work. However, companies have managed to incorporate a lot of these manufacturing roles to be remote from a corporate strategy side and just keep a smaller amount of essential workers on the floor. This helps speed up interviewing processes, alleviates relocation difficulties, and is attractive to those candidates who seek flexibility and work-from-home options. Diversity & Inclusion in Technical Operations Along the challenges faced last year related to COVID-19, firms also had to reflect on the need to create more diverse teams. The manufacturing sector in particular tends to lack diversity, and this will be a continued area of focus for many companies and executive leadership teams in the industry for the next several years. Diversity is a business-critical imperative, and teams that are more diverse perform better than their less diverse counterparts. Specialist recruiters can play an important part in helping to solve these challenges. Recruiters can advise on best practices and work with clients on their initiatives to build more diverse teams. DSJ Global aims to be a long-term talent partner for our clients and are empathetic to the challenges they face both within their organizations and the wider world. The Hiring Landscape Overall, COVID-19 has affected the world of recruiting for Supply Chain and the landscape for hiring within companies, large and small. DSJ Global has helped clients to navigate this landscape in the best way possible, helping teams to adapt as circumstances have changed continuously. In 2021, hiring remains a key priority for Technical Operations teams, and DSJ Global will continue supporting clients in securing exceptional talent for their organizations. Get in touch to learn more about these industry trends, or to discuss hiring needs in the year ahead.​

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