Solving the Supply Chain Talent Crisis

If you joined us this morning for our Avnet-EBN webinar on the talent crisis, thank you. If not, you'll have an opportunity to view the archived version in the coming days.

The point I want to make here is that from a long-term point of view, I think we're going to be OK in the electronics supply chain.

Avnet's Gerry Fay, Lytica's Ken Bradley, and Arizona State University's Arnold Maltz led an outstanding hour-long conversation about today's recruitment, training, and retention challenges, and how companies and schools are addressing them.

Here's a teaser:

From Fay:

Younger people are being promoted into higher levels earlier and with less experience. The average director's age in 1990 was 42.8; today it's 34 years of age.

From Bradley:

One key tactic to improving your procurement organization is to recruit from outside the function (for example, from technology, design, or accounting). This enhances career paths, critical thinking, and challenges long-held beliefs.

From Maltz:

'Raw' undergraduates need exposure to real work environments; supervisory responsibility, for example, is often an unknown to them.

Questions from the audience really helped us dive into some of these topics, and the panelists' conversation was lively, to say the least!

So, two action items for you:

  • If you didn't have a chance to listen in, please check out the archived version when it's up in the coming days.
  • Take our new poll to help us understand what's the best way to recruit talent into the supply chain today.

3 comments on “Solving the Supply Chain Talent Crisis

  1. Mr. Roques
    April 30, 2013

    Nowadays, recent graduates are looking for sexy jobs, such as mobile app designer, community manager, social media analyst… positions (or at least names) that their friends are amazed at. Is a supply chain analyst a sexy position? Doesn't seem so (at least not to me). 

  2. Brian Fuller
    April 30, 2013

    Someone had a question on the webinar that spoke to Amazon: What is amazon paying supply chain professionals and is that the cool place to be these days? 

    And Gerry Fay brought up a question he got from a recent, younger job candidate: There are a lot of people at your company who have been in the industry for decades. Who would I socialize with here?


  3. _hm
    April 30, 2013

    I will be interested to see how many fresh graduates are recruited and trained by major supply chain organizations? How many of them have become CEO rising from fresh engineer?

    Another good approach is to offer scholarship to student having interest in supply chain. Apple CEO has similar background and he should offer this scholarship.



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