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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.

Environmental Manager - SC

DSJ Global is currently partnered with a large Paper & Pulp manufacture looking to add a Enviormental Manager to their dynamic team at one of their sites here in the Southeast. This is a excellent opportunity to join a industry leader with lots of career advancement. Position Overview: We are seeking an experienced Environmental Manager to oversee and optimize the environmental performance of our world-class facility. As the Environmental Manager, you will lead initiatives to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, drive a culture of environmental responsibility, and manage critical environmental programs. Key Responsibilities: Guide the implementation of systems, policies, and procedures to achieve clients environmental goals. Lead efforts to foster a compliance-minded environmental culture among all employees and contractors. Ensure maintenance of all necessary regulatory documentation and facilitate agency inspections. Manage wastewater compliance requirements, including monitoring, sampling, data analysis, and reporting. Oversee air compliance requirements, including monitoring, reporting, record-keeping, and source testing. Manage on-site industrial landfill operations and ensure compliance with facility plans (LDAR, SPCC, SWPPP, BMP). Supervise groundwater sampling, analysis, and reporting processes. Oversee waste handling operations, including hazardous, universal, and non-hazardous waste streams. Maintain the Environmental Management System (EMS) to ISO 14001 certification requirements. Skills and Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering or a related discipline. 10+ years of relevant experience in environmental management; pulp and paper industry experience preferred. Strong analytical skills and proficiency in project management. Proficiency in standard engineering software and analysis tools. Ability to travel occasionally to various US locations (travel <10%).

US$120000 - US$130000 per annum

Food Safety Quality Supervisor

Director of Quality Assurance Are you passionate about ensuring top-notch quality in food products? Do you thrive in a leadership role where you can drive continuous improvement and make a significant impact? Look no further! About Us: DSJ's Food and Beverage Client, is a leading food manufacturer, and they are seeking a Director of Quality Assurance. As a member of our Quality Leadership Team, you'll play a pivotal role in upholding our standards and enhancing customer satisfaction. Position Overview: As the Director of Quality Assurance, you'll oversee the Quality Assurance and Sanitation Departments. Your duties include ensuring proper staffing, maintaining rigorous food safety practices, and collaborating closely with cross-functional teams. You'll serve as the primary customer liaison and lead on-site quality audits. What We're Looking For: Education: A minimum of a B.S. in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry, or a related field. Professional experience will also be considered. Certifications: Quality certification, including PCQI and Better Process Control, is preferred. Experience: At least 10 years of experience in a manufacturing environment, with direct exposure to food and aseptic processing. Skills: Strong project management, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Excellent written and oral communication abilities are essential. Leadership: Demonstrated team-building skills and the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. Innovation: Creativity in developing solutions and applications to enhance product quality. Time Management: Proven ability to manage multiple projects under tight time-lines. Additional Perks: Competitive salary: $135K-$145K with a 10% bonus. Relocation assistance: Ideally, we are seeking local candidates, but they are open to relocation (5-7k relocation package MAX). Join us in shaping the future of quality assurance! Apply now and be part of a dynamic team committed to excellence.

7-12% Bonus / Relocation

Operations Manager

A leading materials manufacturer is seeking an Operations Manager to join their team in North Carolina! The Operations Manager will lead a machine shop to success by monitoring the KPIs, using root cause analysis to solve problems, and work closely with machinery to optimize production schedules. If you're an independent leader with a knack for mechanical problem-solving, please apply today! Operations Manager Responsibilities: Lead a team of 15-20 to successfully reach and exceed production goals. Drive operational excellence as it pertains to safety, quality, yield, and supply chain management. Work with machinery to increase efficiency and throughput. Conduct root cause analysis to analyze and fix any problems that may arise. Operations Manager Qualifications: Mechanical Aptitude: comfortable working with and troubleshooting machinery Strong leadership skills Experience performing root cause analysis and taking preventative action. Prior experience in a machine shop a plus If you're an experienced production leader ready to take the next step in your manufacturing career, please apply today!

US$85000 - US$95000 per annum
North Carolina

Operations Manager - Injection Molding (m/w/d)

Wir suchen für einen unserer Kunden, einen Medizintechnikhersteller, einen Operations Manager - Injection Molding, der zuständig ist für die Leitung des Werks mit 40 Personen in der Nähe von Aschaffenburg. Das Unternehmen ist gerade dabei dieses Werk in die Konzernstruktur zu integrieren, sodass starke Führungspersönlichkeiten mit Transformations gepaart mit Spritzgusshintergrund gesucht werden. Die Position berichtet an den VP Global Operations. Ihre Aufgaben als Operations Manager - Injection Molding (m/w/d): Planung und Steuerung der Produktion Sicherstellung der Produktionsstandards, um Scrap Rates und Cycle Times zu minimieren Instandhaltung der Spritzgussmaschinen Aufbau einer Lean Kultur Volle P&L Verantwortung für das Werk Koordination der Aktivitäten zwischen den Abteilungen Führung und Weiterentwicklung der Mitarbeiter Das bringen Sie als Operations Manager - Injection Molding (m/w/d) mit: Abgeschlossene Ausbildung oder ähnlicher Weiterqualifizierung (Techniker oder Meister) Mehrjährige Führungserfahrung in der Produktion Sichere Lean Kenntnisse Kenntnisse in Spritzgussverfahren Starke Hands-On Mentalität Fließende Deutsch-und sehr gute Englischkenntnisse Bei Interesse oder Fragen melden Sie sich bei Thi Hong Ha Le.

Landkreis Aschaffenburg

Maintenance Manager

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Maintenance Manager to lead the maintenance operations of our manufacturing facility. This role is pivotal in ensuring the seamless functioning of plant equipment, resolving maintenance issues in collaboration with other departments, and implementing proactive maintenance programs. The ideal candidate is proactive, detail-oriented, and committed to safety and operational excellence. This role offers the opportunity to lead a dedicated team, enhance operational efficiency, and make a significant impact on the success of our manufacturing facility. If you possess the skills and experience outlined above, we invite you to apply and join our team. Responsibilities: Schedule and direct all maintenance technicians, optimizing schedules for effective use. Collaborate with other departments to resolve maintenance problems and ensure efficient equipment operation. Coordinate maintenance department inventory to ensure adequate supplies and reduce production downtime. Assure, maintain, and repair all aspects of plant equipment and the facility. Develop and maintain a documented PM program for all necessary equipment, scheduling and executing weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual PMs. Create and maintain a Maintenance Daily Summary Report of all maintenance-related activities within the last 24 hours. Enforce safety rules daily and ensure the facility, shop, and work areas are consistently clean and in a safe condition. Ensure maintenance employees adhere to food safety guidelines when working on machinery or within the facility. Continually seek out and implement improvements to plant processes to increase efficiency. Review reports and work orders, conferring with the Operations/Plant Manager to review problems and ensure corrective action to minimize downtime. Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related field is preferred. Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in industrial maintenance and maintenance management. Strong background in industrial maintenance and maintenance management. Proficiency in HVAC systems, low voltage electrical systems, and other mechanical systems. Knowledge of CMMS software for tracking maintenance activities. Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) or Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) is preferred. Experience in food manufacturing and contractor management is preferred. Experience with RCA, A3, 5Why or similar problem-solving methods is desired. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is desirable. Process Safety Management (PSM) training or knowledge is preferred.

US$85000 - US$110000 per annum

Maintenance Technician

The Maintenance Technician is responsible for performing preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairing plant equipment and systems to ensure optimal plant performance. This role emphasizes mechanics, piping, welding, and hydraulics, and involves supporting plant safety programs and policies. The Maintenance Technician plays a crucial role in maintaining the plant's mechanical and piping systems, ensuring safety compliance, and supporting continuous improvement initiatives. This position requires a combination of technical skills, regulatory knowledge, and the ability to work in various physical conditions. Responsibilities: Perform expert troubleshooting, installation, routine maintenance, and repair of mechanical manufacturing equipment. Handle mechanical piping within the plant. Demonstrate understanding and application of welding principles (stick, TIG, MIG). Read and interpret mechanical and piping prints. Operate hydraulic equipment and understand hydraulic principles. Utilize personal computer skills and mechanical programs for maintenance tasks. Perform rotating machine alignment. Have a basic understanding of electrical systems to assist the Maintenance Electrical Technician. Maintain facilities and grounds in a clean and efficient manner. Possess project management skills and participate in plant projects when needed. Assist process operators and the Maintenance Manager with control of parts inventory. Support the development and implementation of safety programs. Ensure awareness and implementation of local, state, and federal regulations as they apply to the maintenance department. Carry out company safety policies and procedures. Qualifications: High school graduate or GED required. Technical degree or certification in a related mechanical field preferred. 3+ years of experience in maintenance operations, preferably in the ethanol industry. Expertise in mechanics, piping, welding, and hydraulics. Strong communication, organizational, time-management, and troubleshooting skills.

Up to US$46 per hour

Maintenance Manager

Overview: The Facilities Department Manager is responsible for managing all activities within the Facilities Department, including Maintenance and Utilities, to support the plant's operations and ensure the achievement of Company goals. The Facilities Department Manager plays a crucial role in ensuring the plant operates efficiently, safely, and in compliance with all relevant regulations, while also fostering the development of the maintenance team and supporting production goals. Responsibilities: Manage the Facilities Department: ensure facility safety, guarantee capacity assurance, support production growth, maintain quality assurance, oversee process equipment, drive process and utility efficiency improvements, manager refridgeration system operations, and lead continuous process and plant improvements Develop and implement methods to enhance the efficiencies of plant utilities and production processes. Ensure all new equipment and utility installations meet USDA requirements and align with the plant's strategic plan. Improve process and facility efficiencies and reduce production downtime through a predictive/preventive maintenance system. Develop and administer the capital and expense budget for the plant. Support the personal development of all Facilities Department associates. Ensure all maintenance associates are properly trained to meet organizational demands. Ensure all Facilities associates adhere to company policies and work rules regarding HAACP, SQF, GMP, and SOP. Ensure best value in the purchase of materials and labor for all Facilities-related work. Ensure that the Plant meets OSHA, EPA, BOCA, DEQ, Board of Health, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements. Support the Senior Facilities Manager in assigned projects and in accomplishing Company goals. Qualifications Bachelor's degree in Engineering preferred. Five (5) to seven (7) years of maintenance or utility management experience. Food manufacturing experience preferred. Maintenance management experience in the meat industry preferred. Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) or Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) preferred. Strong project management skills. Experience with Oracle EAM or other computerized maintenance management systems required. Contractor management experience. Experience with RCA, A3, 5Why, or similar problem-solving techniques desired. Good analytical and logical problem-solving skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general technical information. Ability to effectively present information and communicate with all levels of management. Bilingual (English/Spanish) desirable. Process Safety Management (PSM) training or knowledge preferred.

US$110000 - US$120000 per annum

Maintenance Manager

Maintenance Manager - Food & Beverage (1st Shift) Perfect role for a current Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager! *Provides relocation assistance A leading dairy manufacturer is seeking a Maintenance Manager based in Milwaukee, WI. This company is a well-established company that has been producing high-quality food products for over 100 years. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the maintenance team and ensuring that all maintenance activities are carried out safely, efficiently and effectively. Responsibilities: Improve overall safety and efficiency of plant machinery while collaborating cross-functionally across the plant Oversee a team of maintenance technicians striving for plant excellence Develop and implement a preventative maintenance program Ensure all state and federal regulations are met and maintained, and perform corrective actions for all equipment efficiency Guarantee all maintenance work is compliant with company policies and procedures Operate CMMS and PLC programming to further develop the maintenance department Requirements: High school diploma is required 5+ years of experience in Maintenance in food & beverage manufacturing 3+ years of supervisory experience of Maintenance Technicians PLC experience Experience with CMMS Experience with GMPs, Union, Safety, and Worker's Comp Desirable: Bachelor's Degree Knowledge of ammonia refrigeration Knowledge of fabrication, welding, and machining methods Experience in a food production environment Benefits: Competitive bonus Tuition reimbursement Internal growth - promote from within!

US$100000 - US$120000 per annum

Quality Manager

Quality Manager - Automotive Sector Experienced Quality Manager needed for premier organization in Mt. Pleasant, MI. This permanent role offers an opportunity to lead quality assurance initiatives within a T1 Automotive environment that thrives on innovation and operational excellence. RESPONSIBILITIES: - Implement Six Sigma methodologies for process optimization. - Oversee comprehensive Root Cause Analysis procedures. - Manage Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) activities effectively. - Establish best practices for IATF standard REQUIREMENTS: - T1 Automotive Background - Extensive Quality Management Expertise (5+ years) - IATF - Six Sigma Proficiency - Bachelor's Degree minimum - Root-Cause Analytical Mindset If you have a passion for high-quality output, leadership, and culture cultivation, we eagerly await your resume.

Mount Pleasant

Food Safety Quality Technician - Third Shift

Are you craving the opportunity to join an industry leading organization? Are you motivated to ensure the quality and safety of the food manufacturing space? Climb aboard this growing Food Manufacturing company to explore your potential. Responsibilities of the Food Safety Quality Technician: Inspect incoming raw materials, ingredients, and packaging against standards, taking corrective action as needed. Monitor processing operations for compliance with standards, initiating corrective actions for defects. Evaluate finished products, including cooking processes, to ensure quality and integrity, implementing corrective actions as necessary. Enforce good manufacturing practices and product safety programs through area inspections, employee hygiene checks, microbiological sampling, and audits. The Food Safety Quality Technician should have: Bachelor's Degree preferred PCQI certification Lab equipment, GMP, Food Safety familiarity 2+ years in quality Dry food facility experience preferred Additional Benefits: Highly competitive compensation and benefits packages Opportunity to engage in exciting projects and partnerships Supportive and diverse team of authentic, highly skilled individuals Culture dedicated to upholding the health and safety of its community This is a second shift, (2:00pm to 10:30pm) position. If you're interested in this Food Safety Quality Technician opportunity, then please do not wait to apply!


FSQA Manager

Are you hungry for a challenge? Are you craving the chance to join an industry leading team? This established food manufacturing company is looking for a committed leader like you. This role oversees the Food Safety & Quality department and directs a team of supervisors and technicians. Responsibilities of the FSQA Manager: - Supervise Quality Assurance, Sanitation and Lab teams - Direct FSQA initiatives and ensure regulatory compliance - Lead. train, and develop direct reports - Conduct audits, establish food safety programs and oversee R&D The FSQA Manager should have: - Bachelors Degree in Food Safety, Microbiology, or similar, preferred - 5+ years in food manufacturing industry, experience in dairy preferred - Certifications / familiarity with HACCP, PCQI, GFSI Additional Benefits: - Highly competitive compensation and benefits packages - Typical Day Shift - Opportunity to engage in exciting projects and partnerships - Supportive and diverse team of authentic, highly skilled individuals - Culture dedicated to upholding the health and safety of its community If you're interested in this FSQA Manager opportunity, then please do not wait to apply!


Technical Services Manager

Technical Services Manager needed for leading Aerospace Company Technical Services Manager Southwest, Texas $118,000-$127,000 About: A leading Aerospace is seeking a talented Technical Services Manager with an engineering background to join their team. In this role, you will have an opportunity to work with several departments, including manufacturing, within their state-of-the-art facilities in Southwest Texas. The Technical Services Manager will have the following responsibilities: Oversee operations at two separate facilities Oversee approximately 80 staff members across different departments Collaborate with Maintenance, Engineering, and Tooling department leaders Monitor KPI results of manufacturing operations Perform bottleneck analysis Lead and train staff members The Technical Services Manager will have the following qualifications: 2+ years' management experience Bachelor's degree in engineering or related field Master's degree preferred Bilingual Spanish and English strongly preferred Legal authorization to work in the United States Six Sigma Certifications a plus Familiarity with LEAN manufacturing processes

San Antonio

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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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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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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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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