2009
New England Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition

APICS - The Association for Operations Management North Shore Chapter 20 and Boston Chapter 10    --   The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) New England Roundtable    --    The Northeast Supply Management Group, A Special Interest Group of ISM®

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2009 New England Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition - Bob McInturff Presentation

Supply Chain Career Planning In Times of Economic Uncertainty
Bob McInturff, President, McInturff & Associates and MMD Temps Inc

The topics covered at the 2009 New England Supply Chain Conference should alert everyone that your career, job expectations, training, and education, are based on an outdated 20-year- old model. We speak of cross-functional skills, globalization of requirements, a major recession/economic-downturn (and the associated very high unemployment rate), and worry about the impact of the fewer jobs and loss of opportunities. Therefore, many of us are unsure of the viability of our chosen profession. But it is important to keep in mind that these changing trends should ultimately be positive, with an eventually upturning economy, and a broader job content providing some upfront challenges, while at the same time providing better opportunities for those who are ready and prepared.

We’ll cover career planning, current/emerging job market trends, and growth expectations, but more specifically:

  • The increased demand for sourcing vs. procurement skills
  • Data analysis and quantitative skills cutting across all areas of demand management, but significantly in sourcing/purchasing
  • Altering your career expectations to reflect potential shorter stays with an employer, and the decrease of larger/midsize departments providing one-stop career growth
  • The need to embrace the global economy not as a slogan, but as an integral part of your career
  • The current downturn in the market forces all of us to rethink where we’ve been and what lies ahead. No job is guaranteed, but you can make sure you’re prepared for the next promotion, job search or trend. The direct benefit of career planning is most important during these turbulent times. This presentation should help everyone achieve his or her ultimate career goals.

    At the end of the session, if anyone would like to chat with Bob, and submit their resumes to him, he'd be glad to review them, and keep them on file at his recruiting headquarters, in case a match comes up!

    Bob McInturff is President of McInturff & Associates and MMD Temps, a recruiting firm which has specialized in Supply Chain for over 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern. Recognized as a CPIM, he is also a past APICS Chapter President and has spoken before numerous professional societies and colleges. In addition Bob has over 50 articles published on career planning and trends in supply chain.

     


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