Building a Supply Chain Organization from the Ground Up

If you had the chance to build your company's supply chain function from the ground up, what would that organization look like? And more importantly, how would you go about designing the function, where would you find your staff, and how would you roll the organization out to the rest of the company?

All these questions faced Commercial Metals Company in 2008 when the Irving, Texas-based global metals firm opted to begin moving to a centralized supply chain organization model. The ambitious goal: create a shared supply chain group that could drive savings per year per supply chain employee at a rate double or triple the industry average – in just the first year of the initiative.