Skills for a regional SCM role

Supply chain management, is a powerful new source of competitive advantage for many organisations. It integrates manufacturing, operations, purchasing, transportation and the distribution into a seamless process.

It is also viewed as one of the most challenging and rewarding disciplines to pursue. However, there are many differences between a regional supply chain management role and a local role. In addition, having the right skills is also necessary to succeed in the role. Here are some key skills employers look for when hiring.

Regional exposure

This is one of the most important key requirements employers seek for when hiring for a regional role. This of course, will require you to have an understanding and the ability to manage the difference policies as well as logistics procedures of different countries. You will also need to demonstrate your capability in managing multiple markets and multicultural teams.

The core concept of supply chain management is the ability to increase efficiency, drive projects and better support the business.

Cross-functional collaboration

Part of the responsibilities in supply chain management is to work in collaboration with other functional teams and to ensure on-time, quality deliverables. In order to achieve successful results, you will need to have a close engagement and communicate well with other teams as well as internal stakeholders. It is also important to understand the cultural differences and the ability to manage the expectations of team members from other countries.

Align with segments’ strategies

The rapid growth and development of organisations particularly within a booming economy only means an ever demanding business environment. With competition high among businesses, organisations understand it’s important to deliver before competitors to gain a competitive edge.

Being in a regional position, business planning and strategies will encompass a larger scope and your flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of businesses. At times, global headquarters might implement changes to business models and you will be expected to collaborate with regional teams, adopt these changes and apply it to your responsible markets.

Be part of the global SCM team

Unlike a local role, supply chain management in a regional perspective encompasses a wider range of objectives and activities. Not only do you have to put into consideration the local programmes and processes, you will also need to define the metrics and programmes to measure and improve the regional supply chain management performance. In addition, you will be required to drive global initiatives, plans and programmes in support of global business strategies and drive the implementation of local, regional as well as global projects. You must be able to strategically customise these projects according to the needs and relevancy of the local market to achieve global targets.

Manage different time-zones

The perks of a regional role for some, is the opportunity to travel around the world. Even if the opportunity is minimal, chances are you will need to hold conference calls with team members from other countries. With this in mind, it is extremely important that you have the flexibility to adapt yourself to different time-zones or compromise your rest time for work.

In addition to these mentioned there are also other skills that are required in the supply chain management role such as English communication skills and the flexibility to travel frequently.

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