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How to step up in New Zealand's strong supply chain market
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Favourable market conditions mean that supply chain professionals in New Zealand will need to stand out from their peers in order to take the next step in their career.
New career opportunities in supply chain are being created by increased volumes for domestic and export markets, improved trading conditions in New Zealand and an increased focus on specialist supply functions in businesses, such as sales and operations planning (S&OP) and cost-saving measures. Professionals in most demand are Demand Planners, S&OP Managers, Supply Chain Managers and Export Managers. Salaries for these in-demand supply chain roles are expected to attract increases of 3-5% in 2014.
How to get ahead
Ambitious supply chain professionals can put themselves in the best position to secure a new role by getting involved in internal training or mentoring programs, or up-skilling their education and industry knowledge by studying a Certified Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) or Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) qualification. Taking the initiative to assume more responsibility in your current role in the areas of strategy and long-term planning, or the lead in S&OP and other cross-functional meetings is also a path towards success.
For supply chain professionals seeking a management or leadership position, it is essential to have an understanding of the end-to-end supply value chain, as well as business acumen and expertise with partnerships and collaboration. Other required areas of expertise are people management and leadership skills, a commitment to continuous improvement and optimising supply chain performance, decision-making skills and being influential at the executive level.
Join supply chain
Employees working in a sales or finance function looking to make the transition into supply chain can get a foot in the door through a planning or analysis supply chain role or if you’re working in an organisation that offers the opportunity for career development, training or internal promotions, keep watch for when these become available and take advantage of them. Also check if your company has a career succession plan in place and make sure you continually demonstrate your high performance, ability to learn and transferable skills to progress your career in the direction you want.
For more information on supply chain roles in New Zealand, visit Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain here.
There are a growing number of opportunities for ambitious supply chain professionals to take the next step in their career. Those looking to do so are advised to:
- develop a deep understanding of the end-to-end supply chain value of your business
- seek out training and development to demonstrate a desire to progress
- continually demonstrate your high performance and your willingness and eagerness to learn