Substantial Hiring Growth Seen in Supply Chain and Logistics

As supply chain grows in importance for companies seeking competitive advantage, specific disciplines needed to manage global supply chains, Lucas Group reports

Atlanta, GA — July 5, 2007 — Supply chain and logistics positions are experiencing record growth across nearly every industry, and supply chain and logistics are more highly recognized and implemented functions throughout companies in recent years versus the past, according to a report from Lucas Group, an executive search firm.

"Companies are beginning to realize the importance and necessity of establishing some version of supply chain organization," said Don Riemenschneider, senior recruiter for Lucas Group, an executive search firm at Lucas Group. "Logistics positions such as warehousing, distribution and transportation no longer suffice alone."

Riemenschneider said that the interlink between all facets of the supply chain are just as important, from the product development and procurement functions through the delivery of the product to the end-user. "As a result, certain positions are experiencing faster growth," he said.

As business has evolved internationally and domestically, the need for very specific supply chain disciplines to manage globalization has grown. Growth continues for individuals with global sourcing experience, particularly those who know the factories and capabilities, who can get the product made better, faster and for the right price, and who can create working relationships between the domestic purchaser and the foreign producer.

Complementing the role of global manager is the need for more specialized managers, especially those familiar with import/export, international logistics, customs brokerage and supply chain integration, the recruiting firm said.

In addition, the need for more diversity is high. Roles are changing, as women and minorities are becoming a larger part of the workforce, including supply chain and logistics, according to the Lucas Group report.

"Change in diversity is leading organizations to embrace things with a different perspective," said Riemenschneider. "They are more open to considering new solutions to old problems and to creating a culture not bound to antiquated attitudes. The supply chain world is changing dramatically. Companies should embrace these changes, or they will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage. Professionals within this industry carry unique skills needed to advance the world of supply chain and maintain a competitive position in the marketplace."