Developing the general managers of tomorrow
In our survey of supply chain professionals, only 30 out of our 95 respondents agreed that their company has a culture, and a leadership team, that supports supply chain leaders moving into general management positions.
Supply chain professionals need support early in their careers so that they can garner exposure to as much of the business as possible, and build the necessary skillsets, before they take on senior business leadership roles.
“You need to offer individuals both a functional career path and a leadership career path, and supply chain needs to be seen as one of the functions on the leadership track. If you see a number of great leaders from supply chain moving into senior management, that’s the best way of changing perceptions”
Michael Frei is a former member of the Executive Board, Senior Vice President and Chief Purchasing Officer at Outotec