Supply Chain

Optimizing complex networks to maximize global capabilities

Finding new ways to deliver value from your supply chain

In the past, an organization’s supply chain specialists took center stage only if something went dramatically wrong. But today, technology has thrust the supply chain to the forefront, enabling organizations to track the location of goods around the globe in real time, forecast how a viral social post will affect demand and predict a natural disaster’s impact on a component’s availability and price. When optimized, an organization’s supply chain can truly become a competitive advantage.

But an optimized supply chain requires talent with a varied skill set that’s hard to identify—and even harder to find. Supply chain leaders must be strategic thinkers, planners and collaborators with a variety of strengths, including vision, results orientation and a mix of soft skills. They also need cross-functional experience in product innovation, business acumen, knowledge of current automation, systems technologies and more. That’s where we can help.

Our Supply Chain Center of Excellence serves as a boutique practice within the broader Korn Ferry network, adding deep functional expertise and capability to our matrix of industry and regional coverage. In fact, we were the first major search firm to create a dedicated supply chain and operations practice. Our experienced organizational consultants can help your supply chain function attract, develop and retain best-in-class executives and their direct reports. We’ll also help you build a strong organizational culture and top-to-bottom supply chain talent frameworks that will drive your bottom-line success.

How we can help

Our Supply Chain & Operations Center of Expertise brings together a team of consultants who leverage their functional expertise and market knowledge in supply chain, distribution, logistics and operational management to meet your specialized talent needs. We offer an international team of experienced talent and organizational consultants, the most extensive lead database in the industry and innovative recruitment technologies to identify and recruit top supply chain talent. While we work with clients in every industry, we have particular expertise in industrial, healthcare and life sciences, consumer, finance and technology.

Here are some of the challenges we can help you address:

Finding the right people quickly

Supply chain jobs are continuing to grow, with demand being six times that of supply. That makes the competition for top talent incredibly tough—especially for differentiating skill sets, including data scientists and supply chain professionals with advanced analytics skills. Our consultants will work with you to:

  • Build a customized Success Profile that identifies all of the skills needed to work in a complex, increasingly digital supply chain environment
  • Access new pools of diverse supply chain talent with our unparalleled access to high-caliber candidates from around the globe
  • Assess candidates for the skills you need to excel both now and into the future, such as agility

Leading digital transformation

Like every other aspect of business, the supply chain is going digital. Digitizing the supply chain allows for agility and speed while maintaining control and oversight. Ongoing digital transformations and automation require a new type of leader with a different set of competencies than what has traditionally defined supply chain and operational excellence. Our organizational consultants guide you as you:

  • Define a vision for your future talent
  • Identify the competencies and skills that you need to execute a digital transformation
  • Design a digital talent strategy, structures and processes, including organizational design and job architectures

Identifying the next generation of supply chain leaders

In this highly competitive, evolving market, ensuring you have capable leadership is critical to continued business success. We work with clients to build their bench of future leaders through a variety of succession planning initiatives. We help you:

  • Determine the type of leadership skills that are required to support the future operating model
  • Assess existing talent to identify high potentials using a customized Success Profile
  • Identify, screen, present and place emerging leaders in both single search and multiple managed search projects

Improving employee engagement

Businesses face daunting challenges when building digital capability in the supply chain and retaining high potential candidates. Supply chain experts are hard to find and challenging to attract. Many younger candidates grow easily bored when they feel they aren’t progressing, so they’ll need new challenges and constant development opportunities. We work with you to:

  • Diagnose your current culture, including the enablers and blockers of innovation and growth
  • Create an action plan that actively rewards innovation through awards, recognition and compensation
  • Support organizational and business model redesign to facilitate integration of digitally enabled supply chain processes

Our experts

Our experts are the best at what they do. We work with your team as an honest and inclusive partner to achieve and exceed your business goals, and we have the knowledge, expertise and experience to help you achieve greatness.