Supply Chain Strategy and Talent Challenges
We recently ran an internal workshop to help us drill in on the skillsets that are in greatest demand in our Supply Chain practice. To kick it off, we randomly (sort of) picked a national, general interest newspaper and searched for “supply chain” headlines in issues published just prior to the workshop – we avoided the Wall Street Journal and publications like Industry Week, because that would just be stacking the deck. The top four articles dealt with:
- the trade war with China (kind of obvious);
- tensions with Iran (still obvious);
- the opioid crisis (less obvious); and
- the immigration crisis (even less obvious).
Not exactly the stuff the average person thinks about when they hear the words “supply chain”, but it does demonstrate why clients have raised the bar considerably on the knowledge, skills, abilities and leadership attributes they are looking for in their supply chain managers. We saw three major forces driving these changes.