- Peter Bolstorff is executive vice president of corporate development for APICS Supply Chain Council. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bob Trebilcock is editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review. He can be reached email@example.com.
- Judd Aschenbrand is director of research for Peerless Research Group. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 06, 2016
It’s been written that a career in supply chain management can be like climbing a mountain. While there is often a map for the path forward in professions like accounting, medicine and the law, in supply chain management—as with mountaineering—there are any number of paths that can reach the summit.
Those were among the findings from a research series conducted for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and published in the July/August 2015 issue of SCMR, and reinforced by research conducted by McKinsey & Company and Kuhne Logistics University. The latter, for instance, found that while many supply chain management executives had experience in logistics, procurement and sales/marketing, “… a surprising number of supply chain executives are appointed without any previous exposure to SCM…in our sample, supply chain executives spent 88% of their previous career span outside the SCM function.”
Are those findings consistent with readers of Supply Chain Management Review and members of APICS Supply Chain Council? And, if so, who is today’s supply chain manager? And, how did he—or she—navigate to their position on the mountain? Did they start out in the supply chain going back to their college days, or, as in the McKinsey study, did they come into the profession from other parts of the organization? Moreover, what are their duties today and how do they see the job changing?