In every industry, the superstar professionals start off as average employees before attaining recognised success and expertise in their fields. Such talent does not magically surface, it takes planning, skill and good communication to be a successful professional in supply chain. Here is what you need to know when starting your career in logistics.
Arm yourself with the right knowledge
They say knowledge is power so it pays to be in the know about the industry that you want to work in. While the average employee simply goes with the flow, superstars take the initiative to research extensively on the latest business trends as well as brush up their knowledge on important topics such as inventory management, Lean and Six Sigma, transportation, IT and procurement. This not only makes them attractive to any logistics company they apply to work in, but also keeps them invaluable in the long run since such high performers will continue their learning streak well into their career.
Set long-term career goals
Supply chain superstars who have just landed a job in logistics will have the desire to move up the command chain and thus be motivated to pick up sought-after skills such as negotiations, change management and statistics. If they are able to handle global supply chain matters on top of contract and legal matters, this gives them all the added advantage as such employees are highly attractive to hiring managers.
While the average employee simply goes with the flow, superstars take the initiative to research extensively on the latest business trends as well as brush up their knowledge on important topics.
Another common trait of high performers is the ability to do the job right. Often they are not clueless, they know exactly what is expected of them and will go about accomplishing their project goals in as efficient a manner as possible. Their reliability does not just end in the office either. Their customers can trust them to carry out all promised tasks. Real supply chain superstars are aware that their company's reputation is at stake and will take the initiative to set up effective communication channels with both customers and vendors.
Display good people skills
With a lot of importance placed on communication, an excellent supply chain professional is also good at managing people. They will maintain professional relationships, which will be beneficial to both the individual and company’s performances. Colleagues will appreciate the extra mile such employees go for them while vendors and customers will see the advantages of working with such an individual.
Read more about skills required for a regional supply chain management role.