There is a large body of young graduates who are starting to explore a supply chain career due to increasing salaries and prestige attached to a real knowledge base in this field.
The best way to enter the field is to find an internship, or a job in one of the companies that are regarded as the thought leaders in this field. You might have to work very hard because these companies get to their position only by hard work, but you will learn a lot in short period of time. It will be like joining GE in the 90s or joining McKinsey in the 00s.
Many people ask these questions as the number of new entrants in this growing field increases exponentially. We have written a simple guide for them called – Everything That You Want To Know About a Supply Chain Career, which is available for a price of a drink ($9).
The best way to get better at supply chain management is to work with companies that are already excellent at supply chain management. This includes businesses such as Amazon, or consultants such as our company
Beware of companies that still confuse supply chains with logistics, or are stuck in the first or second generations of supply chain management. Unfortunately, a large majority of companies and consultants are in this category and you are likely to get steered in the wrong direction if you do not do your own due diligence.
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In late 1970s, Keith Oliver and his team, while working for a client in Europe at management consulting firm Booz Allen and Hamilton, conceptualised supply chain management.