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Global events have challenged supply chains over the past three or four years like never before.

Areas of the supply chain that have been most affected include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Transport
  • Procurement


There are a number of unique challenges facing supply chain related businesses, both around the world and within Australia.

  • Geopolitical Climate – the war in Ukraine, tensions with China, general trade embargos and ongoing uncertainty around Brexit have created unexpected challenges for businesses trying to meet the needs of their customers
  • Covid – fundamentally changed the way many businesses operate. Online shopping, which had already been growing, took off during extended worldwide lockdowns, and does not appear to be returning to pre-pandemic levels. Many bricks and mortar stores and businesses have disappeared, despite the return to ‘normal’
  • Floods – within Australia the inability to produce and deliver goods during the 2022 floods, along with widespread destruction of materials and property, created a range of supply chain issues that need long term solutions in order to avoid such difficulties in the future.
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        • Flexibility – the ability to adapt to the changing marketplace is one of the key challenges for any business operating within the supply chain space as we move into more mechanised operational spaces.
        • Cost Effectiveness – the increase in competition has made efficiency and cost effectiveness essential to the ongoing health of supply chain related businesses. This has been exacerbated by increasing inflation, making production of goods at a price acceptable to consumers a challenge
        • Risk Management – it seems inevitable that there will be continued issues with supply chain management. Those companies that effectively identify, anticipate and manage the risks to ensure smooth flow of procurement, production and distribution will be the ones that succeed.
        • Service – the advent of Amazon and other big online retailers has raised customer expectations. Along with competitive pricing, strong customer service will be the hallmark of success in supply chain. Customers will reward companies that provide reliability of availability, price and deliverability.

        Superior supply chain management where budgeting and strategy effectively align will provide a competitive advantage to any business.

          Hot Jobs

          These are some of the critical job roles that will help companies navigate the challenges ahead for supply chain. Whether you are an employer looking for staff, or a candidate looking for a job, these will be the hotly contested roles in 2023.

          AI, Robotics, Chat GPT – innovation in these areas will improve cost efficiencies, and reliability in delivery, addressing two of the key challenges for supply chain in 2023, making these plum jobs for those with experience

          Cloud Based Computing – experience in customer service management and data management via cloud computing will be a growth area

          Cybersecurity – as we’ve seen recently, data security is an important factor in risk management and staff in this area will be commanding high salaries

          Change Management – negotiating and implementing the internal changes necessitated by technological advancement in supply chain will require specialised skills

          Procurement & Logistics – planning and negotiating in order to ensure smooth flowing of production and supply

          Transportation and Warehousing – Experienced drivers and warehouse staff, particularly those with experience in ‘cobotic’ warehousing – collaborative warehouses using both robotic technology and human staffing – are always in demand

          Hot Candidates

          Despite there being a shortage of candidates in all roles within the supply chain, it always helps to make sure you have the right skills, qualifications, experience and attitude to snag the best of the best jobs.

          In most areas of the supply chain industry, in addition to job-specific skills, employers are looking for:

          • Technology skills – particularly in computing, AI, robotics, cloud applications
          • Strategic thinking – the ability to forward plan
          • Analytical thinking – problem solving thinking and planning
          • Leadership & Management skills – managing people as well as challenges
          • Coding and Chat GPT experience
          • Innovative thinking
          • Skilled tradies, including mechanics, electricians and production line technicians

          If you are interested in moving into this fast-growing, future positive field, there are a number of TAFE and University courses you can undertake to upskill yourself.

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          If you are a looking for professional staff to support the growth of your supply chain business, Katz Recruitment has the experience and industry knowledge you need to ensure you get the right person for the job.

          Call Michelle Walker at Katz Recruitment on 0405 499 228 to discuss your recruitment needs or contact us.

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