When you have to recruit middle-to-senior-level supply chain talent, remember that it’s much different than recruiting entry-level candidates. These individuals are seasoned with experience and have probably carved out a niche for themselves in the industry. So you have to know how to appeal to them.

Because this is a very different candidate group, your recruiting strategy needs to be different as well. To attract and recruit top talent in the supply chain industry, follow these key steps:

  1. All recruitment efforts should be preceded by a comprehensive assessment of your company’s current management team. Compare what and who you have to your hiring requirements for the coming months and years.  Who do you need to achieve your goals? If there are gaps, plan to fill them. For example, if you’ll need to fund expansion into overseas markets, you’ll want to look for a new operations manager with a relevant track record.
  2. Be sure that you have a full job description—before any interviews take place. Look at your track record for hiring and see how much turnover you’ve had. Yes, looking at the professional history of candidates is crucial. But you’ll also need to consider whether they’ll fit into your company’s culture, and whether their ideas will fit with yours.
  3. Remember that managers with excellent track records are premium candidates, and they know it. So they’ll expect to be paid well. Look at job postings for similar roles to make sure that your salary and benefits are competitive. Senior people who move around regularly are traditionally paid more than candidates who move up through a single company via promotion.

One of the easiest ways to accomplish all of this is to partner with a supply chain recruiting expert. Experienced recruiters know how to identify candidates who not only have the right skills, but are a good personality fit for your company. They know how to find and persuade the top-level passive candidates, and they’ll make sure you’re offering a fair but competitive salary.

At ZDA Supply Chain Recruiting, we’ve been in the business for years because we know the industry—and we’ve helped it grow. Contact us if you need help recruiting on any level!