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Three strategies to attract and retain supply chain talent

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The supply chain industry continues to transform, as a result of innovations in AI and sustainability, and leaders need to continue to hire and retain new high-performing candidates. 

Mentorship, training, and career development are some of the key elements for employee retention in the supply chain industry. But what strategies can organizations use to attract and retain young supply chain professionals? 

Our Toronto recruiters work extensively with supply chain executives to help them build teams and attract and retain the next generation of leaders.  Here are three strategies for recruitment and retention of supply chain talent: 

Partner with technical institutions.

The last few years have seen a surge in interest among students pursuing technical or two-year degrees in supply chain disciplines. As the demand for specialized skills rises, many of the leaders and organizations we speak with are cultivating partnerships with technical and non-traditional higher education institutions. These alliances not only enrich the candidate pipeline but also provide avenues for continuous learning and skill enhancement.

Skills-based hiring continues to gain traction in many industries including supply chain. Some organizations are reevaluating entry-level requirements, prioritizing skills and capabilities over traditional academic credentials. This strategy helps attract diverse talent pools and nurtures innovation within the supply chain workforce.

Clarify your organization’s mission and values. 

Having a career with purpose is increasingly important to younger workers. In particular, they are interested in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations and working for organizations whose corporate values and mission align with theirs. 

Supply chain roles offer these candidates a unique platform for addressing sustainability challenges, from renewable energy initiatives to ethical sourcing practices. To appeal to socially conscious candidates, organizations need to effectively communicate their commitment to ESG principles and emphasize the tangible impact of supply chain roles on broader societal issues.

Transparently showcasing ESG  initiatives not only attracts mission-driven professionals but also fosters a culture of purpose and accountability within the workforce.

By aligning corporate values with individual aspirations, organizations can establish a compelling narrative that resonates with high-performing talent. 

Develop comprehensive compensation packages.

While factors such as career development and purpose drive talent attraction, competitive compensation remains a cornerstone of employee retention. To mitigate turnover risks, employers need to regularly benchmark their total rewards packages against industry standards and market trends. Pay transparency initiatives can enhance trust and transparency, empowering employees with valuable insights into their compensation structures and career progression opportunities.

Additionally, investing in comprehensive benefits packages and flexible work arrangements demonstrates a commitment to employee well-being and work-life balance. By prioritizing pay equity and holistic rewards, organizations can cultivate a culture of fairness and inclusivity that resonates with diverse talent segments.

The future success of supply chain organizations hinges on their ability to attract, retain, and develop top talent. By embracing strategic partnerships, championing ESG values, and prioritizing competitive rewards, executive leaders and hiring managers can build resilient and innovative teams capable of navigating the complexities of global supply chains. As the competition for talent intensifies, investing in employee growth and satisfaction will be the defining factor in securing a competitive edge in the evolving marketplace.

Not sure where to start? We can help.

At South End Partners, our Toronto executive recruiters work with large and small organizations across industries (from technology, to manufacturing and supply chain, to sales and operations) to help them find the right leaders for the right opportunities using an objective, data driven approach.

We also provide comprehensive HR consulting services including onboarding support, interview coaching and training, and strategies to develop your superstar teams.

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