In the past, the supply chain industry has often been perceived as male dominated and it’s macho image with pallets, wagons and big boats doesn’t quite help. Indeed, in the light of SCM World’s recent review of 100 Fortune 500 firms, showing only 10% of supply chain leadership roles to be occupied by women, it is clear that supply chain still has a long way to go.
However, with all this testosterone about, it can be quite easily overlooked that in fact there are already many women in the industry who are passionate about supply chain and the challenges the industry presents.
Indeed, with International Women’s Day only tomorrow, we thought we’d take this opportunity to ask our female users to impart their words of wisdom on what they believe women bring to supply chain roles, what they enjoy most about their career and to give their advice to women around the world wishing to take on this challenging, dynamic and diverse career.
Why do you think it is important for women to take on supply chain roles?
“Women’s deliberation, persistence and attention to detail are indispensable skills for driving success in the industry”
“Women are great problem solvers and are able to negotiate solutions between different functional groups in organisations”
“I have personally found women in supply chain to be excellent at collaboration and communication skills”
What do you most enjoy about working in supply chain?
“The complex nature of the industry, it is both intellectually challenging but also requires soft skills such as collaboration and communication”
“It’s both challenging and diverse, no two days are the same!”
“Supply chain management is a hugely integrated process, you are involved in all areas of the business and add a great deal of value throughout your career”
What advice would you give to other women looking to take on a career in supply chain?
“Be open minded, embrace changes and keep learning!”
“It doesn’t matter what educational background you have, if you have an appetite for detail and like analytical work and solving problems, then go for it. There are lots of opportunities!”
“Go for it! There is never a dull moment. Customer’s demands and processes are ever changing, but when you improve KPI’s and win with the customers, it’s a great reward”