Increase in flexibility and remote working options in supply chain...

Darragh McCarthy 18.10.2018

As Q3 comes to a close, our specialist recruitment teams have provided insight into the jobs market within Supply Chain.

In this Q3 Review, we will be looking at; an overview of the supply chain market in general, the most frequent roles placed across the country, highest paying roles our specialists have placed and some workplace insights surrounding flexibility, workplace wellness and workplace benefits.

Job flow has picked up significantly in Supply Chain in general in the junior to mid level markets. However, it is still very slow on the senior market side of things.  The jobs market continues to be candidate driven with a shortage of overall top talent. There is an increase in need for Supply Chain qualifications for those seeking employment and  
also a significant increase in more flexibility and remote working options.

Most Popular Roles By Region:
Dublin

  • Logistics Manager  - An always in demand role, the logistics market has remained buoyant and continues to require new talent. 
  • Planner - Persistent requirement for these roles even through quieter months. As more companies move to data driven forecasts with greater accuracy, there is an increased need for planners. 
  • Procurement Manager- companies with extra budget see the increased value procurement can bring to an organisation 
     

Cork

  • Buyer/Planner - Increased emphasis on promoting value in supply chain. Combining buyer and planner roles allows for greater flexibility.
  • Logistics Manager - An always in demand role, the logistics market has remained buoyant which continues to require new talent. 
  • Supply Chain Manager - A lot of internal movements over the summer in companies has created opportunities for backfill.
     

Waterford

  • Buyer/Planner -  Increased emphasis on promoting value in supply chain. Combining buyer and planner roles allows for greater flexibility.
     

Limerick

  • Buyer/Planner -  Increased emphasis on promoting value in supply chain. Combining buyer and planner roles allows for greater flexibility.
  • Production Manager - Seasonal uptick in demand for these roles as it is peak production period 
  • Demand Analyst - As more companies move to data driven forecasts with greater accuracy , there is an increased need for highly analytical staff.
     

Highest Paying Roles - Our Teams Have Placed

Dublin

  • Supply Chain Director in Pharma at 130,000
  • Senior Procurement Manager in IT at 100,000
  • Procurement Manager in Hospitality at 85,000

Cork

  • Continuous Improvement Lead in Pharma at 90,000
  • Operations Manager in Engineering at 80,000
  • Logistics Manager in Electronics at 75,000

Waterford

  • Planner in Food at €45,000
  • Production Supervisor in Food at €45,000
     

Limerick

  • Operations Manager in FMCG at € 90,000
  • Stores Coordinator in Pharma at €45,000


Workplace Insights

Flexibility
The most flexibility is present at Global Manager level. Roles at manager level and above would have most flexibility, for instance a Global Procurement Manager may be able to manage efficiently remotely and also manage their suppliers remotely on a daily basis, therefore working from home is more of an option for these professionals. More and more companies are offering the option of working from home. This helps to reduce costs for employees, and also helps with employee engagement as this option is not usually provided to new staff. 

Workplace Wellness
To address work life balance for many employees, companies are offering more flexibility in remote working. Dell for example have a very flexible policy on this to allow employees to spend less time commuting and more time with family. During the summer months, companies like Kerry, Pepsi & Trend Micro provide their staff with the option of Summer hours, allowing them to accumulate hours over the week and therefore leave early on Fridays. While supply chain is still a very traditional industry, employee wellness is gradually becoming more of a focus. HR functions are beginning to see these not only as initiatives for current employees, but as tool for attracting talent also.

Benefits
Healthcare, pensions and bonuses are now standard benefits among supply chain professionals. At senior level there is also a car allowance & share program. Additional benefits available include education assistance and working from home. 


     


 

Darragh McCarthy's picture
Associate Director | Supply Chain & Procurement
dmccarthy@morganmckinley.ie