In today’s global market, companies are focusing more on their supply chain security as a way to prevent losses and ensure quality of their products. The hectic pace of global trade, coupled with the outsourcing of manufacturing around the world, has transformed delivering products into a complex engineering task. Companies need logistics professionals to untangle supply chains and manage shipping arrangements.
Every industry—pharmaceutical, services, automotive, the military—is facing a rising demand for supply chain managers, and this demand will continue to increase due to the growing focus on supply chain management as a strategic business function.
Companies are anxious to find the employees who can do the jobs, and job-seekers are eager to find the right position. So what’s the challenge?
Popularity. Supply chain management is becoming a hot career. Why? Number one, supply chain jobs are available. According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, only 45.4 percent of business administration majors and 46.9 percent of accounting majors from the Class of 2010 received at least one job offer. At Arizona State University’s Carey School of Business, 64 percent of undergraduate supply chain majors surveyed in May 2010 reported having a job at graduation. In other words, those who pursued degrees in supply chain management were 20% more likely to have job offers right out of college.
So what does that translate to? More people are attracted to the field because of the opportunities, but Number two, salaries in supply chain management are on the rise. The Institute for Supply Chain Management’s 2011 survey shows that the average salary for supply chain management professionals went up 5% from a year earlier.
However, this popularity can create a problem for both employers and candidates. If the market is flooded with resumes, a great candidate can get lost in the shuffle. And companies that receive hundreds of potential resumes may not have the time (or money) it will take to wade through them and find the right person. Also, companies usually need a position filled ASAP, and this pressure for a fast hiring decision can lead to a poor fit for both parties.
So who can help control the issue for both sides? A good recruiter. A candidate can work with a recruiter to be sure their skills are a good fit for a position, to help target their resume and search, and to decide whether they need further education to achieve their dream job.
Companies who work with a supply chain recruiter not only have the advantage of the recruiter’s expertise, but also the peace of mind that someone else will do the screening and interviewing to ensure that the candidate, the position, and the company will be a good fit.
At ZDA, we know exactly what supply chain employers are looking for, thanks to our years of experience in the supply chain business. If you’re looking for a job or just want to know more about the field, contact us today!