Supply Chain Talent in the Digital Age

One of the key challenges facing organizations today is the supply chain talent shortage of appropriate candidates. Many companies report that finding the right combination of skills for entry level to executive positions is hard to find, yet most companies do not have a talent management strategy to support their future needs.

Entry level roles require a mix of tech-savvy skills with an aptitude to learn, combined with strong decision-making and communications skills. With six job openings for every supply chain candidate, it’s no wonder there is a supply chain talent shortage, and that management and advanced analytics degrees in undergraduate, graduate and master’s degree programs are popular areas of study across many major universities. And it’s more than entry level roles, especially as Baby Boomers retire form mid-management to executive roles. Those candidates must have both strategic/tactical/operational expertise and professional competencies such as analytical and leadership skills.

A brief poll of our webcast registrants revealed:

  • 64% of registrants said that they currently find it more difficult to recruit and retain supply chain talent than in the past.
  • 36% cited the requirement for both business and analytical skills as a key factor impacting the talent shortage at their organizations.
  • 31% rated strategic/critical thinking skills as a the top skill they are seeking for their supply chain staff.

Hear our panel of industry experts discuss the key challenges facing organizations as they compete to attract and retain top talent for supply chain and retail planning roles.

Listen to this webcast now and learn:

  • What to do at your company to attract the best candidates despite the supply chain talent shortage
  • Why you must consider Millennial and post-Millennial career expectations
  • How supply chain career paths are impacted by digital transformation.

Panelists include:

Karen Smith, Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations, Kontoor Brands

Sean Willems, PhD, Haslam Chair in Supply Chain Analytics, University of Tennessee

Scott Luton, Founder, CEO & Host of Supply Chain Now Radio and Advisor, TalentStream

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