Key Insights on Effective Supply Chain Skills

How supply chains leaders can implement an effective talent strategy

Redesign work and build capabilities for a digital supply chain

According to a Gartner survey, only 27% of leaders believe that they have the talent needed to meet current supply chain performance requirements.   

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    Chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) report that their talent strategy is not in alignment with their digital business strategy; attraction, retention and development of skilled talent are top obstacles to achieving digital business goals.

    Dana Stiffler

    VP Analyst, Gartner

    Essentials skills for a coherent supply chain strategy

    It's becoming increasingly apparent to many supply chain leaders that talking about talent is not enough — they need to focus on talent, and that talent should be a key part of their overall supply chain strategy. Once a supply chain talent strategy is in place, the organization can build and invest where the largest gaps and biggest needs exist. 

    Graphic displaying the top external forces having the greatest impact on your supply chain's resources.
    Bar graph displaying the top organizational constraints which present the most significant challenges to supply chain performance.

    Focusing efforts on supply chain management skills

    Supply chain leaders are increasingly required to lead teams with diverse sets of responsibilities while they strive to develop organizations and processes that look at supply chain value from end to end. These leaders need to prioritize the development of their talent strategy so they can build and invest where the largest supply chain skills gap exist.

    Bar graph displaying the top organizational constraints which present the most significant challenges to supply chain performance.

    Insights for supply chain skills

    Gartner's talent insights, advice, data and tools help supply chain organizations move beyond the hype of predictions to prepare organizations to leverage the opportunities ahead of them.

    The 2020 Supply Chain Survey Showcases Women’s Progress in C-Suite

    This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Gartner and AWESOME annual Women in Supply Chain Survey, a project launched to measure, support, and inspire women’s leadership in supply chain. Watch this complimentary webinar to gain new insight or validation of current inclusion and diversity strategies.

    Gartner Supply Chain University Top 25

    Gartner Supply Chain University Top 25 assesses North America’s top undergraduate and advanced supply chain degree programs.

    9 Skills That Fuel Digital Supply Chain Planning

    Identify 9 must-have supply chain skills of data scientists and engineers needed needed to support digital supply chain planning.

    Strengthen the Supply Chain Talent Pool With Internships

    A key success factor for organizations that have a strong and robust digital talent management strategy is the ability to build and maintain a diverse talent pipeline. Internship programs are a great, low-cost option to connect the supply chain to potential future talent.

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    Long-Term Quality Strategy & Talent Development Planning

    A large enterprise consumer packaged goods company wanted an objective way to understand the maturity and external benchmarking of their quality function to develop a sustainable strategic plan. Leveraging Gartner tools and benchmarking resources the client was able to create a 3-year strategic plan and redefine skills and competencies for the function.

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    VP Analyst
    Research & Advisory

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    Senior Director Analyst
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    VP Analyst
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    Principal Analyst
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