How Do You Build A Successful Career in Supply Chain?

Have you ever asked yourself how you started your supply chain career?

You may be surprised by the answer. In my particular case, I was asked to “run the warehouse,” mainly because no one else would do it. Imagine that— one of the key links in any supply chain and no one wanted to manage the warehouse.

That was a long time ago, and at that moment, I recognized the need to look at supply chain careers in a different way. My deep experience and passion for talent has afforded me the opportunity to mentor many potential supply chain leaders. Based on my efforts with industry groups and various universities, I believe there is now a strong emphasis on supply chain as a true profession. Let’s take a closer look at three key questions:

  1. What does it take to develop a supply chain career?
  2. What are some available tools to help recruit for positions in supply chain?
  3. What must be done to retain high potential employees in a supply chain organization?

By M. Dave Malenfant

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