Last modified: April 22, 2016
In the past, a supply chain leader was a tactical position — one with specific expertise on things such as warehousing equipment, shipping routes, and fuel costs. Today, the profile of a supply chain leader is vastly different. Supply chain leaders are strategic, focusing on the overall company, not just their part of it.
With organizations spending a large amount of money on their supply chains, the need for smart, strategic supply chain leaders is crucial. Whether it’s gathering business intelligence to help make better decisions, or building relationships with suppliers and stakeholders, supply chain leaders require a new set of skills above and beyond logistical knowledge.
Thinking beyond the supply chain
Today’s supply chain leaders need to have business skills in order to drive results and accelerate revenue for their respective companies. They must view the supply chain end-to-end, not just their part in it. That requires a more strategic approach, and a more strategic mindset from the supply chain leaders. Some characteristics of a successful supply chain leader include:
A good company understands the importance the supply chain plays in the success of the business, and as such, hires supply chain leaders with expanded roles who view the supply chain, and the business, in a comprehensive manner.
Drop us a note if you’re interested in taking a more prominent role as a supply chain professional.
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