In prior commentaries Supply Chain Matters has amplified the growing talent gaps that are today impacting multiple industry supply chains. As more baby boomers reach retirement age, supply chain and procurement executives are looking with trepidation at a looming talent gap. The industry needs an influx of fresh faces, especially professionals drawn from the millennial generation.
In our ongoing efforts to bring more visibility to the attractiveness for careers in supply chain management we have called prior specific attention to the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars recognition program jointly sponsored by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and ThomasNet.com. This program, initially launched in 2014, was initiated to provide role models to illustrate supply chain and procurement as an exciting and rewarding career choice.
Last April, we featured an interview with some of the architects of this noteworthy recognition program and in May, we actually interviewed some of the designated stars, and we were impressed with their confidence, scope of responsibilities and accomplishments thus far in their careers.
Today, the program announced its 2016 complement of rising stars. With an average age of 27 and delivering more than $10 million in cost savings from just a single individual, this year’s recipients span industry settings ranging from manufacturing to education, medical devices, IT and government. This year’s designated Megawatt Star was Amy Georgi, a supply chain acquisitions and integration program manager with Fluke Electronics in York Pennsylvania. Amy is described by her mentor as: “..a standout agent of supply chain transformation” and noted among her accomplishments was spearheading a complex, three-phase move of a manufacturing plant which was being divided into two facilities.
This Editor had the opportunity to review the background profiles for all 30 of this year’s rising stars designees (Available for downloading at this web link) and I was again impressed with not only the level of accomplishments so early in their careers, but the depth and diversity of backgrounds for each of these individuals. As was the case last year, our goal is for Supply Chain Matters to highlight specific interviews with up to two of this year’s rising stars to provide our readers additional insights into the attraction of a career in supply chain management as well as the respective learning as to what led to organizational successes. Anticipate the highlights and takeaways from these interviews in the coming weeks.
Supply Chain Matters extends our Tip of the Hat recognition to all of the 2016 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars.
Millennials are indeed the future of new talent entering our community. In addition to the ISM– ThomasNet initiative, both the Association of Operations Management (APICS) and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) have ongoing initiatives, programs and activities directed at talent management and attracting new talent of all ages.