The Talent Management Category

Companies Are Investing in AI and Automation to Boost Talent Recruitment and Retention

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If you haven’t yet listened to the demo of the much-buzzed-about AI-powered Google Duplex, which can book your haircuts and make dinner reservations, certainly do so. The ambition is remarkable — can artificial intelligence really master the nuances of polite conversation? — even if the product does not completely deliver. (At times, Google Duplex sputtered and jumped jarringly between different speech cadences.)

Google’s developers confirmed that the human on the other end of the call would be informed that she or he is speaking to AI, which makes me wonder how social norms would change in a human-AI conversation. I thought of this when I came across Randstad Sourceright’s recent report showing that businesses are increasingly using AI to recruit skilled employees and address talent shortages, a well-reported challenge in the procurement sector.

30 Under 30 Supply Chain Star Steven Clowney Shares His Top Advice for Young Professionals

Now a global commodity manager at AGCO Corporation, Steven Clowney has worked at a plethora of big-name companies, from Coca-Cola and Kellogg to Best Buy and Target, and made a name for himself as well. At Best Buy, Clowney identified $1 million in parcel shipping costs avoidance, and his leadership of strategic sourcing activities at National DCP resulted in $4.5 million in annual cost savings.

APICS Publishes Report on Supply Chain Salaries, Benefits and Career Satisfaction

First off, here is the figure that everyone is curious about: The average salary for U.S.-based supply chain professionals last year was $85,210. This number, along with a wealth of new data on salaries, benefits and career satisfaction in the supply chain sector, comes from APICS’ first annual Supply Chain Compensation and Career Survey Report. More than 2,600 professionals took part in the survey. About half held positions at the associate level, while 42% were managers and 11% were at the C-suite, VP or director level. More than three-quarters hold an undergraduate degree or higher, and more than half have been in the supply chain industry for at least a decade.

30 Under 30 Supply Chain Star Neta Berger on What Predictive Analytics Tools Can Learn from Excel

Supply chain has been a part of Neta Berger’s life for well over a decade, starting from her high school DECA days to her supply chain management studies at Arizona State University to Google, where she currently works as a supply chain program manager. Risk mitigation is a central part of Berger’s role at Google, and she certainly has ample experience in this area. Berger was working as a commodity manager at Cisco at the time of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and she managed daily meetings focused on resolving immediate shortages.

The Freelance Frontier: How the Future of Independent Work is Happening Now

On May 15, we will be joining the Freelance Frontier webinar to contribute our own perspective on emerging, alternative sourcing channels and ecosystems for independent-freelance contract workers.The webinar will also feature three young, innovative solution providers — IC PreCheck, Bunker and Genesys Talent — that have started their journeys across the Freelance Frontier.

In addition to developing their own digitally enabled solutions, these providers have chosen to partner and configure themselves as part of an ecosystem that can bring together organizations and independent-freelance workers in an efficient, fast, compliant and mutually beneficial way. In the webinar, the providers will discuss their own solutions as well as how they work together.

Susan Marty Joins ISM as Chief Product Officer, Tasked with Driving Member Engagement

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) recently shared with Spend Matters that Susan Marty has joined the organization as its first chief product officer, in charge of driving member engagement, market development and overall organizational growth. Marty has an extensive background in marketing and product management. "We are thrilled to have Susan join the ISM team,” says Debbie Fogel-Monnissen, chief financial officer at ISM. “She is a high-caliber talent with a wealth of experience to help us deliver superior products that are valued by our customers."

30 Under 30 Star Leah Williams on How Supply Chain Organizations Benefit from Diversity

Leah Williams, supply chain planning analyst at Northrop Grumman, has a knack for juggling multiple responsibilities and roles. Aside from her day job, the valedictorian of the 2015 undergraduate class at Delaware State University plays on three Northrop Grumman sports teams, holds leadership roles in six professional organizations and plays nine instruments. And this isn’t even getting into her extensive volunteer work. In today’s 30 Under 30 Q&A, Spend Matters chats with Williams about the importance of supplier relationship management, what supply chain organizations should know about diversity, and more.

30 Under 30 Supply Chain Star Jordan Haller on Leading ExxonMobil’s Preparatory Procurement Efforts for Hurricane Irma

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Jordan Haller knows a thing or two about safety. In 2015, the procurement supervisor at ExxonMobil was named to the National Safety Council’s list of 40 safety leaders under the age of 40 for leading a near loss campaign for his company. And last summer, Haller led ExxonMobil’s preparatory procurement efforts for Hurricane Irma. In the meantime, Haller, who has a bachelor’s degree in supply chain and information systems from Penn State University, also managed to complete an MBA at Louisiana State University. Today, Spend Matters chats with Haller on supply chain disruptions, prioritizing safety and why he expects the internet of things to push supply chain optimization to the next level.

For 30 Under 30 Supply Chain Star Tanner Ryan, Culture and Geopolitics Make Supply Chain a “Forever-Changing Puzzle”

Among the common characteristics of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars are an international mindset and an interest in giving back to the community — two traits that certainly apply to Tanner Ryan. His supply chain career has taken him around the world and back to his native Colorado, where he now works as a Rocky Mountain Region trucking coordinator for Shell. In this Q&A, we chat with Ryan about his career accomplishments and challenges, his experience working in China as a teenager, the disruptive potential of autonomous transportation, and, last but not least, beer.

3 Big Changes Driving Procurement Hiring Trends in 2018

Spend Matters welcomes this guest column from Naseem Malik and Nick Lazzara of MRA Global Sourcing.

There’s never a dearth of excitement in the world of procurement, and 2018 has been no exception. The business effects of several new Trump administration policies are coming fast and furious. Fluctuating economic and political conditions are presenting a host of new challenges and opportunities for businesses. Because of these factors, procurement professionals now more than ever need to stay abreast of the latest developments and master in-demand skills. To help, here are the three key areas we’ve seen driving procurement hiring in 2018, as well as our recommendations for where professionals should focus in the coming months.

The Age of Analytics: Mainstream Adoption by Procurement Expected to Triple by 2021

Procurement has likely entered the beginning of a massive swell in the adoption of advanced analytics tools. Researchers from The Hackett Group have found that mainstream adoption of advanced analytics in procurement functions is expected to more than triple in the next two to three years, increasing from the current 20% to 63%. Given the benefits associated with the effective use of analytics, the increased adoption makes sense. Earlier research has found that analytics-driven organizations are twice as likely to be top financial performers and five times as likely to make faster and better decisions.

30 Under 30 Supply Chain Star Rhiana Gallen on Taking Part in High-Level Initiatives at Age 23

At 23, Rhiana Gallen is the youngest 30 Under 30 star this year. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2016, and in the two years that she has spent so far as a contract specialist at Denver Water, she has managed to save the organization more than $400,000 and participated in several high-level initiatives. She served as the team leader of Denver Water’s Lean Six Sigma procurement value stream analysis, which reduced competitive selection cycle times by 45%. Spend Matters spoke with Gallen about how she got the chance to work on important projects so early in her career, time management strategies, and what she finds most challenging and rewarding about supply chain.