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Supply chain executives 'in demand'
Interim managers with supply chain expertise could find a wealth of opportunities in 2011, according to industry experts.
Fortune magazine reported that there is a shortage of skilled candidates in the supply chain management field, particularly among global businesses that "coordinate far-flung operations".
A paper published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in August 2010 warned of a "talent crisis" in the supply chain industry, with the demands of the profession growing as a result of globalisation and the ongoing economic uncertainty.
Tom Kozenski of consulting and training firm RedPrairie told Fortune that supply chain and logistics has developed into a highly sophisticated industry that requires a rare combination of "hard" and "soft" skills.
In the US, a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 48 per cent of companies intend to recruit logistics graduates in 2011.
Last month, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply David Noble said the supply chains of British firms need to be more "robust and flexible" following the problems caused by extreme weather conditions.
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