Having worked in Supply Chain Planning within a large manufacturing environment for many years prior to recruitment, I understand how a sudden disruption in supply or demand can generate feelings of fear and uncertainty across all areas of Supply Chain.
I have spent the past number of weeks listening to clients and candidates across multiple businesses from Global Pharma and FMCG companies to SMEs and I wanted to share some of my findings.
1. Recruitment has not come to a halt
Recruitment is top of the priority list for many clients across Supply Chain as businesses are urgently taking measures to overcome the challenges faced by Covid-19.
Companies are looking for strategic Supply Chain and Procurement candidates who can help develop solutions to alleviate the impact of the pandemic. When sales increase again over the coming months, being able to execute the purchasing and manufacturing of products as efficiently and cost effectively as possible is what will set businesses apart.
Many clients have expressed that onboarding the right people as soon as possible will be crucial to their recovery.
2. Virtual hires have been a success
Candidates and clients have adapted quickly to the circumstances with many interviews and hires going ahead without a glitch! Interviews (even presentations!) have all been done virtually.
Clients have taken extra care to set up online training programmes in advance of virtual starts to ensure candidates are up and running as quickly as possible.
Feedback has been extremely positive, and we have seen both clients and candidates really go the extra mile to make it work.
3. Sales have dropped for many businesses
Unfortunately for some businesses that have been unable to operate at full capacity, there have sadly been lay-offs or reduced hours for many. So, what does this mean for companies still hiring?...
There is now an opportunity to hire highly skilled Supply Chain candidates who are available immediately on a temporary or permanent basis to help companies tackle many of the urgent strategic or operational challenges being faced.
4. Now is the time to build relationships
It could be quite some time before things return to “normal”. My advice to both clients and candidates is to use this time to have discussions with the people that can bring value to your career or business.
When this pandemic passes many businesses will be scrambling to hire the best talent across Supply Chain, so take the time now to build relationships with the right people so that when roles are released and the best candidates are faced with the dilemma of multiple job offers again they will look favourably upon your company, remembering that you took the time to engage when they really needed it.
Our team of 8 consultants here at Morgan McKinley cover Supply Chain, Planning, Procurement, Manufacturing and logistics nationally. We understand circumstances vary for every business and there is never a one size fits all resolution during a time of crisis, but we are always happy to listen and hopefully help in any way we can.
Lastly and most importantly stay safe and well, we will come out the other side and with that will come many opportunities to grow.