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5 Tips to Grow Your Career in Supply Chain

12th May 2016

Ireland is enjoying popularity as a hotspot for establishing Global Procurement Hubs for international organisations, and demand for Supply Chain & Procurement has never been higher. Companies are realising the value of spending as much as possible from Ireland and taking advantage of our favourable tax regime and availability of local talent.

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Ireland is now seen as an established centre of excellence for global supply chain operations, with many global procurement and planning functions now based here, and more start-ups planned. That’s great news if you are an experienced supply chain professional looking to move forward in your career.

What’s Driving Demand for Talent in Supply Chain?

This increased demand has been influenced by both the wealth of skills in Ireland and the establishment of a number of new procurement operations. A government body has hired 100+ staff to date for a Centralised Procurement Hub while a Global Telco has hired 120+ staff for a Global Procurement Team.

The establishment of a Global Sourcing Operation for a US Pharma start-up in Dublin, with a current recruitment project to hire 40 Procurement professionals, is also increasing demand for experienced Sourcing & Supply Chain candidates.

Expertise will continue to grow this year, particularly in the areas of Procurement, Planning, Contract Manufacturing, and Public Procurement. Professionals with industry knowledge of Pharma, Biotechnology and Nutritional experience will be in high demand in 2016. Global Supply Chain Operations centres continue to be an expanding market with more new businesses expected to emerge during the year.

How do you take advantage?

1. Put your hand up! – When companies are expanding their supply chain, they will first look to their existing team to see who is ready to take a step up and take on new challenges. This is an ideal way to increase your exposure to new aspects of supply chain. 

2. Get Techy – Progressive supply chain teams are becoming more analytical and systems-focused. Subject matter experts in SAP are particularly sought after, so brush up on your IT skills where possible.

3. Focus on the bottom line – Whether you work in supply chain or procurement, the key objective of your team is to drive efficiency and reduce cost. If you can come up with innovative ways to streamline processes, you will fast track your career.

4. Further Study – There are numerous courses on offer in supply chain, IIPMM, APICs, Strategic Procurement and CILT. Part-time study in these areas will only enhance your career prospects.

5. Build Close Relationships – An effective supply chain or procurement department is founded on close working relationships with both internal stakeholders and external suppliers. A partnership approach with your suppliers will ensure loyalty and flexibility when you need it most.

If you would like to discuss taking the next step in your career in absolute confidence, please contact Cpl Supply Chain.

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About the Author

Susan Deegan


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Susan Deegan is BA & M.Sc qualified and leads the Cpl Supply Chain team.  She has been recruiting in the area of Supply Chain & Procurement since 2004 and has an excellent understanding of the industry, as well as a strong network of candidates.  She specialises in Executive Headhunt assignments and roles within Procurement, Supply Chain, Planning, Logistics and Vendor Management.  Susan is passionate about understanding a client’s business and finding the best recruitment solution to enhance their performance.

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