Supply Chain Talent Strategy

How supply chains can implement an effective talent strategy

Competing for Digital Skills: Unconventional Tactics for Sourcing Supply Chain Talent

Traditional approaches to recruiting are expensive and ineffective at attracting critical supply chain talent to support digital transformation. Chief supply chain officers must embrace new approaches to offset talent shortages and meet digital business transformation objectives.

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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

    Supply chains struggle to frame a coherent talent 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 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.

    Supply chain organizations should focus their talent management efforts

    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 gaps exist.

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

    Supply chain talent insights you can use

    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. Join the complimentary webinar to gain new insight or validation of current inclusion and diversity strategies.

    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.

    The Gartner Supply Chain University Top 25 for 2020

    See how your organization’s current university partners did in this year’s rankings, and explore up-and-coming programs to consider for your supply chain organization’s hiring pipeline or your own development.

    How to Build a Supply Chain Planning Talent Strategy

    Supply chain planning leaders must actively develop a strategy to attract, retain and develop talent for their organization. A dedicated talent strategy for SCP might seem like a task for the HR department, but without input and ownership from planning leaders, that strategy might fail to meet true business needs.

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    Sourcing and Retaining Top Talent

    One of Gartner's aerospace clients was struggling with recruiting talent for supply chain roles, retaining current talent and working with one-dimensional remaining talent. By leveraging Gartner research and taking part in one-on-one Leadership Partner consultations, the client was able to diagnose the root cause and develop a toolkit to help attract new and existing talent.

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