Surprisingly I found your supply chain video and impressed with this platform. I appreciate for your great work in the field of supply chain management!
I had completed Master’s in Sustainable Business and currently working as Sustainability Project Manager in United States in an university. In my current role I’m establishing sustainable procurement and life cycle assessment practices. Earlier worked as Sustainability Intern in Supply Chain Department at warehouse office in healthcare system. This influenced me to focus on Supply Chain. Along with my current work role, I’m pursuing 2nd Master’s in Supply Chain Management and would like to establish career in this field after 1 or 2 years.
How can I shift my career path into strong supply chain roles by aligning sustainability principles into the organization values in United States?
I have noticed one of your post in LinkedIn about nature similar to my thought of every action shows ripple effect for now or future at here or somewhere else!
Any business, be it retail, or manufacturing, FMCG, healthcare, transportation and logistics or even e-commerce, all thrives on the expertise of Supply Chain and Logistics. So you can join any industry of your liking.
Hello Anusha, Glad to have you at Supply Chain Way.
To start with the good news is, sustainable supply chain is the future. If you would have seen my supply chain videos in my channel – the competitive edge has shifted past decades from the manufacturing to the big picture supply chain and I foresee this will further shift or expand to be inclusive on supply chain compliance which is nothing but sustainability. That said, the subjects you are specialized is the future IMO.
Now, talking about the job opportunities at these areas – it is still at a growing stage. So to make your chances good, you should target supply chain roles on an organization which gives importance to sustainable supply chain. With this, your options are more and it would be a good start for your career.
The other option is on sustainable supply chain consulting. This is a great filed. As a consultant, I can see this is already picking up well. In 2019 and 2020… most projects I have driven has a sustainability quotient part of the business case. So, Sustainability as consulting is a skill set at an increasing demand, you can leverage this and get a start here as well.
The 3rd and final option is – compliance. Why I’m using the word compliance is… since global trade is on the rise, more and more compliant related supply chain points become so crucial. For example, if you would like to supply categories related to food to UK businesses, BRC is almost mandatory. So, similar to that, you can get these certifications and develop skill sets related to sustainability compliance – this would make your an advisor in this area or a consultant or an internal and external auditor.
You can choose any of this path or a mix of these. All 3 have a great scope since we are already running projects at these areas.
I wish you all the very best!