Supply chain recruiters are recruitment professionals who specialize in sourcing candidates for employment within the supply chain. These recruiters typically have experience with both operations and recruiting, so they understand the commonalities between both positions.

Supply Chain Recruiters are primarily involved with finding talent to fill positions that include logistics management, manufacturing, distribution, purchasing and facilities roles.

As they are involved with various levels of the supply chain, Supply Chain Recruiters are responsible for sourcing candidates from both within and outside companies. They interact with hiring managers to determine what skills are needed to fill each position, then will source candidates through networking or by advertising openings on job boards or social media sites.

The supply chain is composed of all the processes involved in moving goods from their point of origin to the end user, which means Supply Chain Recruiters can find jobs within many different industries. Many companies focus on one specific industry, however. For example, a company might specialize in automotive supply chain recruitment, meaning they find candidates for those who work within the automotive industry.

What does a Supply Chain Recruiter do?

Supply Chain Recruiters’ primary job is to source and screen candidates for various supply chain roles. They must understand what it takes to be successful in such a role so they can better match candidates to jobs. They must also comprehend the company’s culture and ensure that new hires will be a good fit for the organization, as well.

What qualifications do you need?

Employers look for individuals with experience within a Supply Chain, as well as those with recruiting and sourcing experience. In order to be successful, Supply Chain Recruiters must have excellent communication skills and an in-depth knowledge of the industry. Supply Chain Recruiters also need to understand compliance and regulation, as well as how to best assess talent for both candidate and company culture fit.

Some common employers for these positions are manufacturers or large retailers, which need human capital to manage the supply chain. For example, manufacturers need Supply Chain Recruiters to source operational workers and managers, while retailers need them for fulfillment center management.

Recruiters may also be hired by third party staffing firms with existing clients in the industry.

For example, a warehouse may need staffing support to find potential employees for their fulfillment center. A recruitment firm is then hired to help the client with that task.

In some cases, Supply Chain Recruiters may have experience in logistics and be looking to work from home as an independent contractor. You could also be working for a Fortune 500 company, like Amazon.

As of 2015, the average salary for these professionals is over $55,000 and more than 2 million jobs in this field are projected to be created by 2020. Supply Chain Recruiters may also go by other titles such as Sourcing Manager or Talent Acquisition Specialist (TAS).

Many companies who hire Supply Chain Recruiters are publicly traded within their respective industry, so most will hire for both internal and external talent.

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