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Trends by industry and job function and the key to success in mid-career recruitment in 2021 【Supply Chain Management​​】

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Posted by en world Japan

2 months ago

The impact of COVID-19 on recruitment in SCM is relatively small​

Comparatively speaking, the SCM market was quite robust despite the COVID-19 pandemic, although some industries such as retailers were more affected and had difficulty securing headcount for hiring. SCM recruitment in medical firms and especially pharmaceutical had less COVID-related impact on hiring.​


Expected to recover recruitment in 2021​

I expect that in 2021 there will be a strong rebound at one point. Although SCM was not as impacted as other sectors or functions there was a decrease in hiring with some roles being placed on hiring freeze etc. With the promising clinical trials and likely approval of a few effective vaccines the likelihood of returning to a semblance of normality will allow firms to have more confidence in filling vacant positions. ​

Increasing demand for people who have experience in implementing automation / AI projects is a new trend​

The positions with the most demand in the SCM will remain the same. Traditionally, SCM professionals with strong analytical and cross-functional project driving experience such as demand planners will remain high in demand. A newer trend within SCM would be logistics/warehouse professionals that have experience with automation/AI implementation projects. As the SCM takes on higher visibility and a more strategic role within firms, the successful SCM professional will require the necessary EQ and communication skills to navigate and drive complex projects with both local and global internal/external stakeholders across functions.​


​Understanding the requirements of the job and the talent in the market will streamline the hiring process​

Which companies hire well, and which companies do not come down to how closely aligned the hiring managers are with HR and how aligned are their expectations with the existing market. Companies that routinely involve hiring managers in meetings with recruiters tend to have recruiters that have a much better understanding of the job requirements. Besides, hiring managers can get a better sense of the market from the recruiters and change strategy as required. ​

The trend in the number of job orders and YoY comparison​
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