Supply Chain Careers

5 reasons to consider a career in supply chain management

Just like many other supply chain professionals today, I had no idea about this profession after graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I got a contracts officer job after much frustration in job search and being my first job in the industry after graduation, there was a great motivation to succeed on my first job, so I resorted to self-help researching about supply chain and procurement on the internet.

I read some articles authored by consulting firms where it was clear to me the future and potential of the profession, with a great conviction I took the plunge investing in intensive professional education.

After 12 years of practice, I have attained world-class professional designations and worked on projects that are both fulfilling and rewarding , the experience has also broadened my industry knowledge beyond what I could have attained otherwise, it is no coincidence that engineering & business graduates now embrace this profession that offers a balanced variety of business and technical skillsets.

I am writing the following five reasons to consider a career in supply chain management for anyone still at a crossroad about their decision to switch career as part of a campaign for my presentations on Supply Chain Career Overview Workshop at the Launch Coworking Space here in Winnipeg South.

Career in supply chain management is rewarding.
Careers in supply chain management are rewarding, according to www.payscale.com, the average salary of a Buyer and a Logistics coordinator are $53,980 and $43,492 respectively, the top salary for these entry level positions shows $74,116 and $60,000 respectively in Canada.

Supply Chain Managers are masters of all trades.
Whether you are a generalist or a specialist, supply chain expertise is in high demand across industry verticals in Healthcare, Construction, Retail, Energy & Petrochemicals etc., the attainment of competitive advantage is rooted in company’s supply chain alignment with corporate business strategy and the role of a supply chain function can not be over-emphasized in the success of business operations and multi-million dollar projects that relies heavily on mature supply chain practices.

Supply chain career requires diverse skill-sets and experience.
The array of skill-sets and scope of expertise at work in running a supply chain enterprise is diverse in nature, these may include expertise in such functions as Business Administration, Law, Engineering etc. and array of skill-sets applied in these professions such as contract drafting, contract legalese and interpretation, blueprint reading, project management, operations management and continuous business improvement functions. If you’re switching career from these functions, you already have skills that are transferable to a career in supply chain management.

Supply Chain career is very dynamic and fast paced.
There is hardly a boring moment on the job, supply chain professionals are problem solvers and are challenged daily with opportunities to problem-solve, offer solutions to daily or strategic business challenges, and engage in continuous improvement initiatives that help businesses stay competitive in the marketplace. Supply chain function is greatly influenced by environmental factors such as technology , and socio-economic variables,hence keeping up with the trends and applying these to business decisions that has company-wide ramifications sometimes in a global scale is very fulfilling.

Supply Chain Career offers a huge job opportunity and potential for career growth.
The Supply Chain function has many levels of application in the industries  and recently there are emerging specialization in information technology , project management and data analytics where opportunities abound for newcomers and specialists alike to develop into more senior roles.

There is a huge talent gap in the supply chain function and organization are beginning to see the business benefit to promote and train low-level employees to high-level positions from within and also employ qualified talent from outside their supply chain organization. A fortune.com article in 2016 cited an MHI report that estimated that the logistics business will be looking to fill about 1.4 million jobs in United States, or roughly 270,000 per year, by 2018 ,there is a similar upward trend in the supply chain jobs growth in Canada.

 

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