The supply chain process in the United Kingdom has become a thicket of distribution centres, assembly lines, and storefronts around the world. The rise of the Internet as a business tool has meant that even the smallest companies need to develop a strong supply chain in order to maximize their consumer base. Supply chains, in essence, are the connections between the very beginnings of the production process through the sale of a product to consumers.
The globalization of the UK economy has meant an increased number of supply chain jobs, filled by the most talented professionals in the world. University graduates need to consider carefully a career in retail supply chain work. The great thing about these jobs is that a broad range of professionals, with the proper corporate training, can be successful. Business-minded graduates, with degrees in accounting or administration, are certainly able to bring an organizational mind to the job. Finance services graduates understand the need for efficient transactions of money for products and services. Liberal arts graduates are a unique breed who can bring creativity and intelligence to supply chain jobs.
There are several ways in which a professional can establish a retail supply chain career. The first way is to utilize retail trainee programs, which usually include supply chain positions for young graduates. Graduates interested in learning about the company they work for, the product they sell, and the particular supply chain they are entering can get their feet wet at work while learning gradually how to succeed. As well, trainees typically get the benefit of continued coursework and opportunities to advance in their field.
Professionals who want to take their chances in the job hunt instead of the security of a trainee program should consider using a recruiting firm. Recruiters around the UK search out the best supply chain prospects for their corporate clients. The benefits of these firms for graduates looking to establish a career are obvious.
The bulk of the promotional work prior to interviewing is done by professional recruiters, who assess a professional's desires and skills in order to find the best job for them. Finally, there is the opportunity to apply directly for supply chain jobs without all of these extended training techniques. Many graduates have some retail or warehouse experience, which gives them an intimate knowledge of the environment in which they work in. This experience, coupled with a university degree, can lead to an entry level opportunity for the supply chain aspirant with the ability to sell themselves to potential employers.
Mark Doherty is a Director of Alexander Chapel Associates. A specialist sales recruitment company with a focus in IT sales jobs, logistics jobs and supply chain recruitment.