As the world evolves, so do supply chains. This article explores a recent report by Capgemini, revealing the emerging roles that are driving the intelligent transformation of supply chain operations.”
In a rapidly changing world, supply chains are not immune to transformation. A new paradigm is emerging, driven by factors such as shortages of goods, increased energy costs, supply chain bottlenecks, macroeconomic and geopolitical instability, sector-specific trends, and evolving consumer behavior. A recent report by Capgemini, titled “Fifteen Supply Chain Jobs of the Future,” delves into this new reality, highlighting the emerging roles that are driving the intelligent transformation of supply chain operations.
The report emphasizes that the cost base of supply chains has increased for 45% of organizations over the past three years to accommodate the evolving need for improved resilience, sustainability, and customer-centricity. However, nearly 35% of organizations find it challenging to balance these objectives, and only a small fraction consider themselves well-equipped to handle the new paradigm.
To tackle these challenges, organizations need to create new roles to assess the potential impact of these changes and mitigate the fallout for their partners and customers in the supply chain. The report presents insights from green supply chain leaders and outlines 15 future supply chain jobs, two of which are highlighted below:
- Head of the Tailor-Made Supply Chain: This role involves overseeing operations and strategy across the entire supply chain to ensure it stays ahead of consumer demand. They work closely with product design, engineering, and procurement teams to understand customer needs and develop custom-made products that meet those needs.
- Emissions Materials Thinker: This role involves a deep dive into the entire value chain, assessing the emissions impact of all activities, including those outside the organization’s control. By analyzing data and evaluating materials used across the supply chain, they can identify opportunities for decarbonization and recommend changes that will improve environmental sustainability.
- “The world is changing, and so are supply chains. Organizations need to create new roles to navigate the new paradigm and ensure their supply chains are resilient, sustainable, and customer-centric.”
- “Roles like the Head of the Tailor-Made Supply Chain and the Emissions Materials Thinker are emerging as critical players in the future of supply chains, driving intelligent transformation and helping organizations adapt to market or business environment changes.”
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the future of supply chain jobs. How is your organization preparing for these emerging roles? What challenges and opportunities do you foresee? Share your insights and join the conversation in the comments section below.