Execs leave resources for other roles

Exclusive: Latest research finds mining supply chain and logistics executives are leaving WA for FMCG and retail roles in the east

Execs leave resources for other roles
Execs leave resources for other roles

By Anna Game-Lopata | Sptember 17, 2013

The latest research finds mining supply chain and logistics executives are leaving Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland
for FMCG and retail roles in the east.

Logistics Executive Group’s 2013-14 Supply Chain and Logistics Employment Market Survey, finds demand for supply chain and logistics expertise in the resources space has declined in the last12 months.

The leading recruitment firm’s Employment Market report, released exclusively to SupplyChain Review, shows associated salary levels in the resourses-rich centres of Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland have dropped by up to 20-25 percent.

Positons most affected include procurement, warehousing, inventory and OH&S and Lean/Six Sigma.

Logistics Executive Group CEO Kim Winter adds impacted roles
also cover
dangerous goods management, compliance, distribution and transport.

"These are all areas experiencing severe talent shortages in these states for the last ten years," Winter says.

However Winter says the data shows the decline in resources has been offset by rapid growth in other sectors.

"We’ve seen solid hiring patterns on the east coast throughout ‘hot’ verticals across supply chain and logistics such as agriculture, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, technology, FMCG and retail," Winter says.

"The increase in demand for specialist talent, client facing and complex operational roles to satisfy this growth has placed upward pressure on salaries," he says.

Internationally, the report reveals demand for roles reflects the expansion of online retail.

Logistics Executive's
Employment Market report shows a significant increase in exclusive searches for supply chain, distribution center, operations, customer service and human resources executives in the E-tail space.

"Rapid growth in online retail is having a direct impact on salaries in the space with demand for operational expertise placing upward pressure to the extent of 10-15 percent above roles in more traditional environments," Winter says.

"This is especially the case in strategic sourcing, buyer and supplier negotiation and distribution centre management roles."

"The focus is on candidates with skills in dealing with complex high volume or rapid distribution environments,"
he says.

The express parcel and courier industry has also been impacted significantly by online buying patterns.

"Our research shows an increase in demand for operations management, drivers and customer service personnel, however
being extremely competitive, there has been no escalation of salaries in this space," Winter says.

In Australia, growth in online retail has driven an increase in demand for new levels of expertise across the express freight and transport sectors.

"Record levels of recruitment are taking place in airfreight operations, import, freight management, warehouse management and transport management," Winter says.

"Senior account management and business development roles are also highly sought after as Australian-based enterprises compete for market share with multinational corporations.

"There have also been steady levels of recruitment for senior and mid-level operational and transport executives within Australia’s leading contract logistics and third party logistics (3PL) organisations."

More generally, Winter adds the report shows a universal focus on business improvement and the associated "mega trend" around increasing productivity through customised training and development.

Read the full article and get current salary figures for supply chain and logistics in the October issue of SupplyChain Review.

In its 7th year, the Logistics Executive Group Supply Chain & Logistics Employment Market Survey, represents middle and senior managers mostly based in Australasia, North and South East Asia, India and the Middle East.

The 2013-14 report is the product of 5176 responses from professionals in 80 countries. Over half are employed in supply chain, logistics, transport, procurement, inventory, distribution or warehousing.

They work within more than 41 sectors including Third Party Logistics (3PL), FMCG, mining & resources, manufacturing, industrial, road and rail transport, oil and gas and freight forwarding.

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