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DSJ Global: A Leading Supply Chain Planning Talent Partner

By 2028, the Europe supply chain planning sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.5 percent, driven by the increasing life cycle stage and the rising number of businesses operating within the supply chain.

This high demand for qualified and specialized supply chain planning professionals has resulted in organizations competing to identify the industry’s top talent, and DSJ Global is delivering a high-quality service to ensure businesses can secure the right procurement professionals and individuals can find their ideal role.

As a leading supply chain recruiter delivering mid-senior end-to-end supply chain talent. We help secure business-critical talent through permanent, contract, and multi-hire recruitment in planning, procurement, technical operations, engineering, and logistic services.

Guided by the five values that shape our DNA, DSJ Global delivers a streamlined service that we can be proud of. From uniting talented professionals with industry-leading companies across the globe to investing in world-class technology for consistent, exceptional service, we deliver what customers want, when they want it.

If you’re looking to secure the top talent within the supply planning industry or you’re a professional searching for your next planning opportunity, the specialized team at DSJ Global can connect candidates and clients through a range of bespoke talent solutions.

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Supply Chain Planning Jobs

Material Planning Manager

Salary: Competitive Company Summary: An exciting international FMCG company are looking for someone to join as the Materials Planning Manager. In this role, you'll play an integral role in the transformation happening within the company. You will be responsible for driving continuous improvement and adoption of best practices in material planning across the regional operations. This role requires strong collaboration with regional planning teams to ensure efficiency, accuracy, and alignment with the company's strategic goals. The Material Planning Manager will be responsible for: Drive Continuous Improvement: Lead initiatives to enhance material planning processes, tools, and methodologies. Implement best practices to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and improve overall performance. Regional Collaboration: Work closely with regional planning teams to understand their needs, provide guidance, and ensure consistent application of material planning processes. Foster a culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing. Forecasting and Demand Planning: Oversee the development and accuracy of demand forecasts. Ensure alignment with sales and production plans to optimize inventory levels and meet customer demand. Inventory Management: Monitor and manage inventory levels to ensure optimal stock levels. Implement strategies to minimize excess inventory and reduce stockouts. Supply Chain Coordination: Collaborate with procurement, production, and logistics teams to ensure seamless supply chain operations. Address any issues that arise promptly and effectively. Performance Metrics: Develop and track key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of material planning processes. Report on performance and implement corrective actions as needed. Change Management: Lead change management efforts related to material planning initiatives. Ensure smooth transitions and adoption of new processes and tools within regional teams. Training and Development: Provide training and support to regional planning teams. Build capabilities and promote continuous learning to enhance overall planning proficiency. The Material Planning Manager should have the following qualifications and skills: Planning Experience, ideally in Material Planning Experience within a multinational environment Proficient in Planning tools If you are interested in theMaterial Planning Manager and Corporate Finance role based in Milan, then please don't wait to apply

US$80000 - US$80001 per annum
Milan
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Demand Planning Manager

Job Overview: The Demand Planning Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining accurate demand forecasts, ensuring the alignment of inventory levels with market demand, and supporting the overall supply chain strategy. This role requires strong analytical skills, effective collaboration with cross-functional teams, and the ability to drive process improvements. Location: Lexington, KY Key Responsibilities: Demand Forecasting: Develop and maintain accurate demand forecasts based on historical sales data, market trends, and customer insights. Utilize statistical models and demand planning software to enhance forecast accuracy. Collaborate with sales, marketing, and product management teams to incorporate market intelligence and promotional activities into demand forecasts. Inventory Management: Monitor and manage inventory levels to ensure optimal stock availability while minimizing excess and obsolete inventory. Work closely with procurement and production teams to align inventory policies with demand forecasts. Implement and optimize inventory control processes and systems. Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP): Participate in S&OP meetings to ensure alignment between demand forecasts, production plans, and inventory strategies. Provide insights and recommendations to improve the S&OP process and achieve business objectives. Collaborate with cross-functional teams to address demand-supply imbalances and operational challenges. Data Analysis & Reporting: Analyze demand data to identify trends, risks, and opportunities. Prepare and present demand planning reports, including key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics. Continuously improve forecasting accuracy through data-driven insights and process enhancements. Collaboration & Communication: Serve as the primary point of contact for demand planning-related inquiries and issues. Foster strong relationships with internal stakeholders, including sales, marketing, production, and finance teams. Communicate demand planning insights and recommendations effectively to all levels of the organization. Process Improvement: Identify and implement best practices in demand planning and inventory management. Drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of the demand planning process. Stay updated on industry trends and advancements in demand planning methodologies and technologies. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Statistics, or a related field. A Master's degree is a plus. Minimum of 6 years of experience in demand planning, S&OP, or supply chain management. 3+ years of management experience Proven experience with demand forecasting tools and software (e.g., SAP APO, Oracle Demantra). Strong analytical skills and proficiency in data analysis and reporting tools (e.g., Excel, Power BI). Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams. Strong problem-solving abilities and a continuous improvement mindset. Experience with Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) processes. Certification in supply chain management (e.g., APICS CPIM or CSCP) is a plus.

US$100000 - US$125000 per year
Lexington
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Master Production Scheduler M/W/D

Master Production Scheduler M/W/D Are you ready for the next step! Contribute to innovative, future-focused technology that supports the preservation of our planet! Your Role: What to Expect Dynamic Interface Coordination: Collaborate with purchasing, demand planning, production, and inventory management to control the entire value stream through your own plants and suppliers. Master Production Scheduling: Prepare the master production schedule based on the S&OP process and create detailed production plans with MPS. Production Control: Plan and control the production of sub-assemblies according to the monthly production plan. Purchasing Collaboration: Coordinate with purchasing to resolve component bottlenecks. MPS Requirements Management: Organize MPS requirements for the MRP. Your Profile: What You Bring Education: Degree in logistics or a comparable field. Experience: Several years of relevant professional experience, practical knowledge in SAP, S&OP process, and LEAN management (VSA/VSM). Skills: Excellent communication, decision-making, and assertiveness skills. Languages: Fluent in written and spoken German and English. . Apply Now!

Negotiable
Germany
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Procurement Manager - Raw Materials

-Plans and implements activities related to the procurement of raw materials, goods, and services. -Approves vendors, receive quotes, manage bids, and make awards. -Negotiates with suppliers and analyzes suppliers' operations to determine lowest cost savings, quality, and meeting the production schedule. -Ensure appropriate purchasing tools meet all established work objectives. -Develop and maintain effective processes for driving material.

US$115000 - US$135000 per year
Long Island City
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Production Planner

Job Description: We are seeking an experienced Production Planner to join our client's Miami team. The ideal candidate will possess 3-5 years of experience in production planning within the aerospace industry. This role is crucial in ensuring that our production processes are efficient, timely, and aligned with our high standards of quality and safety. Key Responsibilities: Develop and maintain production schedules to meet customer demands and project deadlines. Coordinate with various departments including engineering, procurement, and manufacturing to ensure smooth workflow. Monitor production processes and adjust schedules as necessary to accommodate changes or delays. Analyze production data to identify trends, inefficiencies, and areas for improvement. Maintain accurate records of production schedules, changes, and inventory levels. Collaborate with supply chain management to ensure timely delivery of materials and components. Implement best practices in production planning and inventory control. Support continuous improvement initiatives to enhance productivity and reduce costs. Prepare reports on production status, inventory levels, and performance metrics. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing, Business Administration, or a related field. 3-5 years of experience in production planning, preferably within the aerospace industry. Strong understanding of production planning principles, MRP/ERP systems, and supply chain management. Excellent analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel. Strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Attention to detail and a commitment to quality and safety. What We Offer: Competitive salary and benefits package. Opportunities for professional growth and development. A collaborative and inclusive work environment. The chance to work on cutting-edge aerospace projects.

US$70000 - US$70001 per year
Miami
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Production Planner (Bonn) M/W/D

Production Planner M/W/D Opportunity: Independently plan and control local capacities, optimizing the value chain in terms of costs, inventory, lead time, and delivery reliability. Prepare production plans and identify human resources at the operational level. Monitor and control production progress, identifying and resolving conflicts and bottlenecks. Prepare and coordinate production and capacity forecasts with production and sales teams. Continuously monitor inventory levels, initiating optimization measures while balancing optimal capacity utilization. Support and coordinate demand planning and service level agreements in the intercompany area. Participate in projects aimed at analyzing and optimizing production and planning processes. Maintain planning-relevant master data in the ERP system and support material calculation and price maintenance. Profile: Successfully completed technical vocational training or studies with several years of professional experience in production planning or comparable areas. High level of proven process understanding for complex production and planning processes in an industrial environment. Proficient in SAP, Excel, and basic MES systems. Good written and spoken English skills. Independent working style with strong communication skills and analytical thinking. Team player with the ability to collaborate across departments, including production, maintenance, and process technology teams. Apply NOW!

Negotiable
Germany
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Demand and S&OP Manager

Job Title: S&OP and Demand Planning Manager Location: Frankfurt, Germany (hybrid working) Job Description: My client are seeking an experienced and motivated Demand Planning and S&OP Manager to oversee our demand planning processes and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) strategy. This role is crucial in ensuring that our supply chain operations align with market demand, optimizing inventory levels, and enhancing customer satisfaction. Key Responsibilities: - Lead and manage the demand planning process, including forecasting and inventory management. - Develop and implement effective S&OP strategies to ensure alignment between sales, production, and supply chain functions. - Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather data, analyze trends, and develop accurate demand forecasts. - Monitor and report on key performance indicators (KPIs) to track demand planning accuracy and S&OP effectiveness. - Identify and address potential supply chain risks and opportunities to enhance efficiency and reduce costs. - Drive continuous improvement initiatives in demand planning and S&OP processes. - Communicate and present demand plans and S&OP strategies to senior management and stakeholders. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, or a related field. A Master's degree is a plus. - Proven experience in demand planning and S&OP management, preferably within the consumer goods industry. - Strong analytical skills and proficiency in demand forecasting and supply chain analysis tools. - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams. - Proficiency in relevant software and systems (e.g., SAP, Oracle, Excel). - Fluent in German and English How to Apply: If you are a strategic thinker with a passion for demand planning and S&OP, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your resume below!

Negotiable
Frankfurt am Main
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Demand Planner

**Demand Planner - Thrive in the Heart of Frankfurt's Pharmaceutical Sector** Are you passionate about Demand Planning and looking to make a significant impact within the pharmaceutical industry? We are seeking an analytical, detail-oriented individual for a permanent position as a *Demand Planner* based in vibrant Frankfurt. This role offers the opportunity to join an innovative team committed to excellence at every step. As our ideal candidate, your primary focus will be on ensuring product availability aligns with market demand while optimizing inventory levels across various channels. You'll play a pivotal part by contributing towards strategic planning decisions using data-driven insights which foster both sustainability and profitability. We're interested in individuals who can demonstrate: - **Expertise In Demand Planning**: Bring precision into forecasting models. - **Familiarity With Global Planning Systems**: Experience or adaptability is essential. - **Supply Chain Acumen**: Understand E2E (End-to-end) supply chain processes. Your responsibilities include collaborating closely with sales and marketing teams, employing cutting-edge techniques from analytics realms that inform purchasing strategies-ultimately driving operational efficiencies within Germany's dynamic pharmaceutical landscape. If this sounds like your next career move where you can leverage expertise alongside passion for making strides in healthcare delivery systems-we'd love to hear from you!

Negotiable
England
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Sr. Pricing Analyst

Title: Senior Pricing Analyst Summary: As one of America's leading producers of flexible packaging products, this client is looking to bring on a Senior Pricing Analyst to their team! This company is well-known for its manufacturing capabilities and quality products across the consumer goods, industrial, food, and health care industries. The Sr. Pricing Analyst will play a key role in supporting customer pricing recommendations. The Sr. Pricing Analyst's Responsibilities: Analyze and evaluate sales data to make accurate pricing decisions Ensure pricing remains competitive and in compliance with company policies Maintain pricing records and data, and develop CPQ processes Present pricing reports to senior management and prepare recommendations Complete sales reports across multiple plant locations within Salesforce to assist the annual sales planning process The Sr. Pricing Analyst's Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in a related field 3-5 years of experience in pricing or related field Industry background in flexible/ film packaging space Proficient in Excel, Pivot Tables, and CRM tools The Sr. Pricing Analyst Benefits: Comprehensive medical/dental/vision benefits 401k Match Competitive PTO If you are interested in the Sr. Pricing Analyst position, then please don't hesitate to apply!

Negotiable
Chicago
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Associate Director Ops Planning & Scheduling

Associate Director, Supply Chain Planning SUMMARY We are dedicated to advancing healthcare and enhancing lives through innovative and high-quality medical solutions. As a leader in the industry, we are committed to providing high-quality products that improve patient outcomes. Join our team and contribute to our mission of transforming lives through science. We are seeking an experienced Associate Director of Supply Chain Planning to lead our SIOP and Capacity Planning team. This role is critical in ensuring the seamless execution of our supply chain processes to meet business objectives and support the company's growth. The Associate Director, Supply Chain Planning will have these responsibilities: Develop and implement capacity plans to ensure efficient utilization of resources. Analyze capacity constraints and develop strategies to mitigate risks. Lead the S&OP process to balance supply and demand effectively. Present S&OP plans to senior and executive leadership to provide actionable insights for decision-making. Work closely with marketing & sales teams and use historical data, market trends, and sales input to incorporate market intelligence into demand forecasts. Oversee production planning and develop production schedules that optimize resource utilization and meet customer requirements. Lead and manage a team of supply chain professionals, fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Implement strategic initiatives and continuous improvement plans by organizing and maintaining global product demands. Work collaboratively with the Procurement, Operations, Quality, Product Supply, and Finance teams. The Associate Director, Supply Chain Planning has the following qualifications: Pharmaceutical manufacturing experience in a cGMP regulated facility is highly desired. Bachelor's Degree w/ 7-12+ years of supply chain experience managing production planning processes Proven experience in S&OP, capacity planning, supply & demand planning, production planning, and scheduling. Excellent people management skills working cross-functionally in a collaborative environment. If you're interested in this new and innovative opportunity, please apply by clicking here.

Negotiable
Colorado
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Planning Manager (M/F/D)

**Strategic Planning Manager Opportunity in Steinfurt,, Germany** Are you an experienced planning professional looking for a pivotal role within the manufacturing sector? Our esteemed client is seeking a Strategic Planning Manager to join their dynamic team and play a critical role in shaping supply chain excellence. Based in Steinfurt, this permanent position offers an incredible chance to make significant contributions by optimizing forecasting methods and ensuring seamless sales planning processes. Key Responsibilities: - Develop and execute sophisticated SI&OP strategies. - Select appropriate forecasting models tailored for precision sales planning. - Rigorously validate capacity requirements against procurement demand. Required Skills: *Supply Chain Mastery*: You will be at the helm of managing complex supply chain activities that are crucial for smooth business operations. *Planning Proficiency*: Adeptness at meticulously structuring plans which align with both short-term needs and long-range goals is essential. *Analytical Acumen*: Employ your analytical skills to interpret data accurately leading towards informed decision-making regarding forecasts & capacities. This opportunity calls out not only those who have honed their skillset but also individuals eager to leave their mark on innovative packaging solutions while contributing meaningfully within one of Germany's key sectors: Manufacturing! If this sounds like your next career move, we invite you forward-thinking professionals ready to drive change - apply today!

Negotiable
Steinfurt
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Head of Logistics (M/F/D)

**Head of Logistics - Automotive Sector, Bavaria** Are you ready to steer the logistics helm within a dynamic automotive landscape in beautiful Bavaria? We are seeking an exceptional Head of Logistics to strategically and operationally enhance our client's packaging planning and container management sectors. In this pivotal role, your primary responsibilities will include: - Managing strategic development within the logistics domain specifically focused on packaging planning. - Operational oversight that ensures smooth logistical operations day-to-day. - Leading a dedicated team with focus on fostering growth and skill development. We're looking for candidates who can demonstrate their expertise through relevant experience. Here are some skills we find essential: *Supply Chain Mastery*: You'll need comprehensive knowledge of supply chain processes including procurement, manufacturing flow management, demand forecasting accuracy as well as distribution channel efficiency which is crucial in meeting consumer demands timely while minimizing costs across all stages involved. *Strategic Leadership*: The ability to visualize long-term objectives for logistic frameworks along with developing actionable plans aligned towards achieving set goals despite potential disruptions or shifts in market trends; guiding teams effectively under these visions also falls hereunder *Dedicated Team Development*: A keen eye not just leading but cultivating talent ensuring each member excels individually contributing overall success collectively hence requiring motivational aptitude alongside coaching abilities If interested, please don't hesitate to apply!

Negotiable
Schongau
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Energy crisis along the value chain – Four companies on the road to sustainability

​​DSJ Global discovered how four companies are saving energy and reducing emissionsRising prices, persistent inflation – what affects private households burdens the supply chain industry to an even greater extent. While energy-saving measures used to be simply related to a company's own Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) and sustainability strategy to reduce its carbon footprint, they are now part of essential processes that could secure long-term cost savings and eco-optimize a company’s future.But what can be done along the supply chain to keep control over rising energy costs? How can firms reduce their carbon footprint to both cut emissions and minimize consumption? Yumiko Moehlmann, Head of Quality & HSE at DSJ Global, asked. Reducing the carbon footprint as a business When asked, "What is your company doing to become more sustainable and save energy?" 51% of participants responded with a clear "reduce carbon footprint." 20% of companies are sourcing more sustainable raw materials for their production while 16% are switching to energy-saving solutions for lighting. 12% also said they are raising awareness among their employees through education and training. To gain further insights, Yumiko Moehlmann personally surveyed her network in the Quality and HSE area on the topic, talking to four companies along the supply chain to provide insights into how their companies are defying rising energy prices - or not. Energy targets firmly anchored in corporate cultureCOO at a global player in the e-mobility sectorThe e-mobility sector is considered a pioneer in sustainability. A global player and client of DSJ Global also pursues this mission at the level of corporate culture. They have clearly defined environmental and energy goals and woven them into their corporate strategy. "We raise awareness on the topic of energy," explains the COO. By visualizing the costs and energy consumption of equipment and production, their company create awareness among employees, who can adjust and optimize their actions and processes accordingly. There are also detailed shutdown lists to ensure that sensitive machinery is operated correctly and that all employees are taught the right procedure. This saves resources and protects the equipment. Furthermore, efforts to switch to the most modern and energy-saving machines support the company’s current measures. Although these machines have to meet certain requirements, they are much more efficient and cost-effective to operate.For example, the global player has already converted to a decentralized compressed air network with small local systems that run when they are needed. Previously, they were in continuous operation even though it wasn't necessary. ​In-house gardening as a delicious solution​Director Global EHS at a tier 1 automotive supplier​One easy-to-implement option for indirectly reducing one's own emissions is to switch to so-called green electricity, i.e. electricity from renewable sources. Electricity from solar, wind or even biogas produces less CO2 during production and is therefore considered better for the environment. Yet upon closer inspection, these promising effects might be lower in reality, according to the Director for Global EHS at a tier 1 automotive supplier. ​This long-time customer of DSJ Global has already converted many areas to green energy. However, the Director was skeptical– he saw it as clear "greenwashing." ​Greenwashing refers to the attempt by organizations to achieve a "green image" through communication, marketing and individual measures without having systematically anchored corresponding measures in the operational business. ​"Electricity is ultimately the same for everyone," says the Director. The percentage from renewable sources doesn't change the fact of how much energy is consumed, he said. Consequently, a widely advertised switch to green electricity is not effective, since ESG must be primarily about reducing the company's own emissions. ​For the Director, however, it would be more effective to switch all light sources in operation to resource-saving LEDs. ​Unfortunately, the biggest problem cannot be solved so easily: According to lifecycle analyses that the automotive supplier initiated for each product, their supply chain leaves the largest carbon footprint.  ​They found that commuting had a particularly heavy impact as well. After two years of pandemic home office regulations, more and more companies are looking to return to the office to strengthen collaboration within departments and teams. ​As the Director explains, his company is currently looking for a solution to make this more sustainable. Some employees have no other choice than their car, but for others, covering the cost for public transportation or even leasing a bike is an option. In addition, smaller on-site office spaces could help reduce emissions if a location has a larger catchment area with longer commutes.​In other areas, there's room for more creativity: some locations of the automotive supplier, the director said, have established in-house gardens to more sustainably source the fresh fruits and vegetables provided to employees each day. "In the past, fruits and vegetables were delivered daily," the Director explains. "Inhouse gardening stops the supply chain and their vans, saving tons of CO2, and the company cafeterias use the homegrown fruits and vegetables instead."​The initiative has been so well received that entire teams are now getting personally involved. In the "Lunch & Learn" format, employees educate themselves via open lectures on a variety of topics while enjoying a company-funded lunch.​Global Sustainability Manager defies initial pessimism​Head of Health, Safety, Environment, Sustainability, Quality, at a global player in the chemical industry​There is less optimism at a company in the CHEMPARK network. The head of HSSEQ sees very little potential – apart from putting a stop to production – for saving energy.​Reducing commuting and the associated emissions as well as the energy required through more flexible home office solutions is only possible to a limited extent in the case of this company, he says. ​But the company does not want to give up. It has recently hired a Global Sustainability Manager and hopes for sustainable change, even if any structures have to develop before they take effect and lead to savings. ​Photovoltaics as an alternative to costly investments​Senior Manager Mineralization at a building materials manufacturer​The possibility of saving energy in cement production is a question that also occupies the senior manager for mineralization of a building materials manufacturer. In fact, the only way to do this, the senior manager says, is to stop production or shut it down – neither of which are economically viable options, of course.​Since the manufacturer buys its electricity on the stock exchange, it’s possible to obtain it more cheaply, yet that depends on the production processes. They need to be optimized to allow for a more cost-effective tariff. ​Another option is to invest in more energy-efficient plants. "Some of our equipment is 60 or 70 years old," the senior manager says. "New machines are inevitably more energy efficient, but realistically we can't replace all the machines because the cost would be far too high."​How his company nevertheless tries to counteract the enormous costs and has been reducing the overall need for externally produced energy for years. Their method of choice: photovoltaic systems on the factory roofs. This is already proving effective: The resulting savings could light up an entire small town. ​Heat recovery as the vision of the future​Senior EHS Manager at a global semiconductor company​Since they are renting in their current location, this global semiconductor company has little room to maneuver. ​"We're turning down the heat, relying on home offices and reduced hours," explains DSJ Global's client. Long-term goals are few and far between since, as a tenant, they can't seek extensive renovations. ​Still, there are innovative ideas: Since the production machines give off a lot of heat, the Senior EHS Manager and his team are working on using this to generate electricity via heat recovery.​Funding for production conversion in sight​As difficult as cost savings and emissions reductions are: A competitive, climate-friendly industry is essential for sustainable growth and the fight against climate change.  ​At the beginning of December 2022, Germany’s Economics Minister Robert Habeck announced climate protection agreements that he would conclude with industry in 2023 to stimulate necessary investments in the use of hydrogen. This is the best alternative to fossil energy sources, especially in the steel and chemical industries. Under the climate protection agreements, companies receive both subsidies and monetary support if they convert to green production.  ​When and to what extent these funds will come remains to be seen. Until then, it's up to innovative ideas like indoor gardens and company-owned photovoltaic systems to make the value chain more sustainable. ​Conclusion​Opinions on how to save energy along the value chain vary widely, Yumiko Moehlmann confirms. "Many companies don't want to or can't change anything, or position themselves better. Others invest a lot in it." ​She sees the promised climate agreements as a positive sign. After all, as some of the examples cited show, companies especially need help with the enormous costs of switching to greener production. ​Yumiko and her team of experts at DSJ Global are closely following how the energy crisis is affecting HSE and sustainability strategies and how different companies are adapting. Whether the companies that are not currently planning any changes will aim for more sustainable production in the future remains cause for speculation.​Your partner for sustainable niche professionals​In addition to HSE talents, our global network continues to grow in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability.​Reach out to our talent experts today, to discuss us supporting you with a vacancy, or as a professional keen to make their next career move. ​​Submit a vacancy​Send CV​Contact​Yumiko Moehlmann​Head of Quality & HSE, DSJ Global​yumiko.moehlmann@dsjglobal.com​+49 30 726211418

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Addressing the UK Energy Crisis: Embracing Sustainability

The United Kingdom is currently facing an energy crisis, a situation that has far-reaching implications for various sectors, including supply chains. The depletion of fossil fuel reserves, closure of aging power plants, and overreliance on imported natural gas have strained the nation's energy infrastructure. Factors like extreme weather events and limited investment in new energy infrastructure further exacerbates the situation, leading to potential disruptions in energy supply.In this blog, we will explore the UK energy crisis and the need for sustainability, discuss job opportunities in sustainability, and delve into the impact this crisis is having on supply chains.The Need for SustainabilityTo address the UK energy crisis, sustainability must be at the forefront of the nation's energy strategy. Here's why sustainability is crucial:Climate Change Mitigation: The transition to renewable energy sources is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. By embracing sustainable alternatives like wind, solar, and hydropower, the UK can significantly decrease its carbon footprint and align with global climate goals.Energy Security: Diversifying the energy mix with renewable sources enhances energy security. A heavy reliance on imported energy resources makes the UK susceptible to geopolitical tensions and market fluctuations. By developing domestic renewable energy infrastructure, the country can reduce dependence on foreign supplies and increase resilience.Economic Opportunities: Transitioning to a sustainable energy system opens up substantial economic opportunities. Investment in renewable energy projects, research and development, and green technologies can drive job creation, stimulate economic growth, and position the UK as a leader in the clean energy sector.For more information on the need for sustainability, download our latest report on making a case for sustainable business practice.Job Opportunities in SustainabilityEmbracing sustainability in the energy industry not only addresses the UK's energy crisis but also unlocks numerous job opportunities. The transition to renewable energy sources and sustainable practices fosters job creation across various sectors, including:Renewable Energy: The growth of renewable energy requires skilled professionals in engineering, project management, and operations. From installing and maintaining wind turbines to managing solar farms, these jobs offer stable employment prospects while contributing to a greener future.Energy Efficiency and Conservation: Improving energy efficiency is a crucial aspect of sustainability. Energy auditors, retrofitting specialists, and sustainable design consultants play vital roles in reducing energy waste and optimizing energy consumption in buildings, industries, and transportation.Research and Development: Advancing sustainable technologies requires continuous research and innovation. Scientists, engineers, and researchers specializing in areas like battery storage, smart grid systems, and clean fuel development have the opportunity to shape the future of the energy industry.Impact on Supply ChainsThe UK energy crisis has significant implications for supply chains across sectors. Here are a few effects observed:Disruptions in Operations: Energy shortages can lead to disruptions in manufacturing and distribution operations. Businesses reliant on a stable energy supply may experience delays, decreased productivity, and potential bottlenecks in the supply chain.Rising Energy Costs: Escalating energy prices put pressure on businesses' operational costs, impacting their bottom line. Higher energy expenses can strain supply chain budgets and lead to price increases for consumers.Increased Focus on Resilience: The energy crisis highlights the importance of building resilient supply chains. Companies are recognizing the need to diversify energy sources, invest in energy-efficient technologies, and explore localized renewable energy generation to reduce vulnerability to energy disruptions.The UK energy crisis demands a swift transition towards sustainability, and businesses play a vital role in driving this change. If you are a forward-thinking company seeking to build a sustainable business and contribute to a greener future, we invite you to request a call back from DSJ Global.At DSJ Global, we understand the importance of sustainability and the benefits it brings to businesses. Our team of experts specializes in guiding companies by actively providing talent pools with sustainable skill sets, helping you to navigate the complexities of renewable energy adoption, energy efficiency measures, and sustainable practices.By requesting a call back from DSJ Global, you will have the opportunity to discuss your specific business needs, goals, and aspirations. Our knowledgeable consultants will provide tailored advice and solutions, empowering you to make informed decisions that align with your vision of creating a sustainable business.Together, let us embark on a journey towards a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous future. Request a call back from DSJ Global today and take the first step towards becoming a sustainability leader in your industry.

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Should your business offer flexible working? Talent experts at DSJ Global advise

The adoption of flexible working has increased over the last few years as technological advancements make it easier to work from anywhere at any time. This has left many companies facing the question of whether to embrace flexible working on a permanent basis. Can the future be flexible in the supply chain industry, and do companies need to offer it to attract and retain the best talent? We spoke to some of the talent experts at DSJ Global to find out how industry leaders are balancing the growing need to remain competitive in the hiring landscape with their business requirements and objectives.The supply chain industry has traditionally been reliant on on-site work, so flexible working in the supply chain industry presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. Matt Wood, Executive Director Europe at DSJ Global confirms: “We have to remember that the nature of the roles we recruit in supply chain sometimes means that people must be in the office. You can’t run a production site from your home office; you need to be on-site. The same goes for roles working in quality control, manufacturing processes and health & safety.”How many supply chain companies offer flexible working?As part of DSJ Global’s report, ‘The Impact of Flexible Working’, we surveyed top business leaders in the supply chain industry to find out how their company has been impacted by the rise of flexible working. 63% of clients said they currently offer flexible working, 20% offer fully remote roles, and the remaining 17% do not offer any flexible working options. We asked Emily Cook, Senior Vice President – Head of Procurement Search at DSJ Global, if the results were in line with her experiences finding top talent for leading supply chain firms: “This isn’t surprising - more companies are decreasing fully remote positions, and we are also seeing more companies offering flexibility on a case-by-case situation. However, bear in mind that some candidates have declined offers based on flexibility not being offered formally in their contract, as they are worried the terms could change or be taken away at any minute.”Matt provides insights from a client perspective: “A key requirement when hiring for supply chain roles is the ability to build relationships and trust with your key stakeholders quickly. Most of our clients need candidates who can be in front of their stakeholders and accessible to them throughout these processes so even for positions that can be carried out fully remotely, such as procurement, I rarely see companies offering 100% remote positions.”Flexible working – the positivesOne of the biggest advantages of flexible working in the supply chain industry is increased productivity and loyalty. By allowing employees to work from home or alternative hours, companies can help their staff to achieve a better work-life balance and feel more in control of their lives, which in turn can lead to higher levels of motivation and engagement. Flexible working can also help companies to attract and retain top talent in today’s competitive job market, with many professionals looking for companies that offer flexible working arrangements.Out of the 17% of businesses DSJ Global surveyed that don’t offer any flexibility, 38% plan to introduce it for these reasons. Emily states: “Candidates are asking about flexibility as much as they ask about compensation; it is an increasing priority for them. Companies are losing out on new talent and their own existing talent due to not giving flexibility on working hours or working from home, so we are seeing more and more companies increase their flexibility offering.”Flexible working – the challengesOne of the biggest challenges of flexible working in the supply chain industry is maintaining effective communication and collaboration between team members. When employees are working remotely or outside of traditional hours, it can be difficult to ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goals. This can lead to misunderstandings, missed deadlines, and other communication-related issues, all having an impact on company culture.DSJ Global’s survey found an equal split with 37% each experiencing a positive or negative impact on company culture due to flexible working, with the remaining 26% unchanged. Emily advises: “Having a team and company culture that is supportive, collaborative, and approachable is what people are often looking for when changing roles. Some managers believe this is better formed when the team is together on site, but companies need to adapt and learn new ways of maintaining a positive company culture while navigating flexibility for the team. This could come from structure or innovative methods of team collaboration.”Can flexible working improve hiring and retention challenges?The biggest hiring challenge according to DSJ Global’s clients is a shortage of qualified candidates (37%), followed by increasing competition for top talent (20%). 10% find it is a struggle to retain talent. Emily offers her experience with how businesses can improve their hiring and retention based on candidate attitudes towards flexible working: “The current market is very candidate driven. During COVID, professionals were worried about changing roles while there was instability in the market, but in 2021-22 we saw an influx of candidates feeling more secure in taking the risk. In the last 6-12 months, with talks of the recession, the risk has gone back up for candidates and so they are less are likely to move. “However, there is a shortage of qualified candidates on the market and a lot of the candidates we are supporting are also in two or three other processes, so companies must be competitive with speed of their interview process, salaries and additional benefits. We are also seeing more counteroffers to compete with retaining talent, including more flexible hours and increasing responsibility. It’s due to this competition that salaries are increasing, which is why more companies are struggling to retain talent.”Final considerations for businesses considering flexible workingRemote and hybrid options play a central role in both hiring decisions and company culture. The number of days people are expected to be in the office affects the success of a company's hiring strategy and helps retain existing talent, as 67% of survey respondents agree. However, for 16% of supply chain leaders, it comes at the expense of productivity, and in 37% of cases it has a negative impact on office culture. We asked Emily for her key takeaways for clients asking whether to offer flexible working:“I would advise that if supply chain businesses want to attract and retain the best talent, they need to offer some sort of flexibility and at-home working, but they need a clear structure to ensure it doesn’t affect the company culture.”Matt offers another word of warning for European organisations offering remote working on a global scale: “It’s clear that hybrid and flexible working is the norm now but at management and senior management level roles, often responsible for global teams and multiple sites, there has been a requirement to manage a complicated schedule around global colleagues and stakeholders for a long time. Don’t under-estimate the impact that “cross-border” remote working has on this dynamic – it isn’t as simple as being employed by a UK company in a 100% remote role and doing so from the beach in Spain – there are tax implications as well as eligibilities when working in other locations.”Learn moreThe future of flexible working in the supply chain industry is explored further in DSJ Global’s report, ‘The Impact of Flexible Working’, where we surveyed business leaders to provide you with insights on how productivity and company culture has been impacted by the increasing prevalence of flexible working, the benefits and challenges it has brought to business leaders, and how companies plan to use flexible working to attract and retain top talent.Click here to download ‘The Impact of Flexible Working’ report.If you would like to talk to us about your current talent needs, fill in our form and one of our consultants will call you back.  ​

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How to Avoid Bias in Job Descriptions

There is overwhelming evidence that companies with diverse workforces perform better on every possible metric, with diversity positively impacting every level of a business, from the cleaning staff to the board of directors. Bringing in as many perspectives, working styles and experience as possible to a workplace leads to integration, success and growth to those businesses who dedicate effort into attracting a diverse talent pool. The first step to make when aiming to achieve a balanced workforce is to ensure job advertisements avoid signs of unconscious bias. This helps present you as a welcoming and forward-thinking employer. You will also discover that your job positions attract a rich wealth of resumes after eliminating bias in your job descriptions. Biased job descriptions can discourage capable and talented candidates from applying for a role they are perfect for, and problems can be found both within the language and content of your job descriptions. Thankfully, it is easy to avoid bias in job descriptions through simple edits and considerations. Follow these rules to attract a diverse and successful talent pool.What is Unconscious Bias?​Though the majority of us strive to encourage inclusiveness and diversity, unconscious bias incorporates the assumptions we make about groups based on gender, ethnicity, age and class due to the structures we live in. When writing job descriptions, this will most often come through in gendered or other biased language.  Unconscious bias can discourage qualified candidates who feel like a job description is looking for a specific type of person, and are unintentionally excluded. ​Are Your Job Titles Inclusive?​Unconscious bias affects many aspects of language, through to job titles themselves. Many job titles are gendered, and successful efforts have been made to reframe traditional roles such as chairman (chairperson), fireman (firefighter) and councilman (council member).Even modern descriptors hold a bias. Have you ever seen a job from a hip company seeking a ‘rockstar’, a ‘guru’ or a ‘ninja’? These are fun titles which give candidates a vivid impression of a company's culture, but all of these terms still hold gendered connotations. A mother in her 40s with the qualifications and experience required may not want to apply for a role with ‘ninja’ in the title. These job titles can also give the (often false) impression of a company dominated by men or entrenched in a ‘lad’ culture where others are not welcome. ​Ensure your job titles are gender-neutral, avoid discouraging older applicants and are descriptive of what the job entails (e.g. ‘Magento Build Project Manager’).Use Gender-Neutral Pronouns​This is a fast and effective way of cleaning up your job descriptions, and a simple rule to follow when advertising new roles. Don’t include gender-specific pronouns in your job description. Stick to they/their and you when referring to the candidate. ‘S/he’ is also an acceptable replacement for gender-specific pronouns,  This rule also applies to collective nouns. Phrases such as ‘guys’ can be easily replaced with ‘team’ or ‘folks’. Check For Biased Language​This is where judgement can be more complicated. When describing the ideal candidate for a role, job descriptions do lean towards using phrases which contain unconscious bias. For example, typically masculine traits include ‘assertive’ and ‘competitive’. While women have every ability to be assertive in the workplace, this can also be viewed as loyalty and supportiveness through a ‘feminine’ lens. This also works the other way. Roles which may be classically applied to by women may include words such as ‘bubbly’ or ‘nurturing’ to unconsciously encourage female applicants and discourage applications from men. Avoid Presenting A Toxic Work Culture​When presenting your work culture, language choices can give applicants the vision of a ‘bro’ culture of after-work beers, chats about matchday and, in worse case scenarios, sexual harassment. Phrases such as ‘work hard, play hard’ and ‘banter’ will not only put off the majority of female applicants but many men too. Consider the wide spectrum of lifestyles your potential applicants could follow and elements of your work culture which will appeal to many, not just a single generation or lifestyle.Consider Your Job Requirements​Alongside bias in language, the general content of your job applications are worth reviewing to make them more inclusive. This includes avoiding job descriptions which contain an exhaustive list of skills needed for the role. In general, men are usually much more confident in their suitability for the roles they apply for, even if they don’t have all of the required skills for the role. Meanwhile, women are much more cautious about applying for roles. The more in-depth and specific a job description is, the less likely a qualified or near-qualified woman will apply for it, even if she ticks more boxes than a male applicant. Avoid this by outlining only the absolutely essential requirements for the role (such as education levels, years of experience, skills qualifications) followed by general ‘desired’ or ‘nice to have’ requirements. This will lift barriers to entry which often stop those with low confidence or imposter syndrome to apply. Provide a smaller amount of boxes to ‘tick’ to attract a larger and higher quality range of candidates. ​The best approach is to create descriptions which use succinct and direct language. Make your descriptions easy to follow, read and digest. Use Online Tools To Eliminate Bias in Job DescriptionsLarger companies have now invested in software to help highlight and change job descriptions and other materials to remove signs of unconscious bias. Recruitment software OnGig uses a text analysis tool to help remove biased language. Textio is a leading ‘augmented writing’ software for recruiters which will eliminate gendered or biased language or job requirements while still ensuring your chosen language has the passion and impact you want to encourage applications. ​​Want to learn more about diverse recruitment strategies? Contact Our Team

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Do Employers Interview the Best Candidate First?

​When it comes to interviews, there's always a debate about whether being the first or last candidate interviewed is beneficial. We'll explore the strategies behind scheduling interviews and whether employers typically interview the best candidate first.Do Employers Interview Best Candidate First?There is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether employers interview the best candidate first. The reality is that different employers have different strategies when it comes the scheduling process. It’s important to remember only the top candidates will be interviewed and therefore there is something interesting about your experience that the hiring manager will be looking to touch upon within the interview.The Case for Interviewing FirstSome hiring managers may choose to interview the strongest candidates first. This can be advantageous for a number of reasons. By interviewing the top candidate early, employers can gauge other candidates' performances against the benchmark set by the best candidate. This can also help streamline the hiring process if the best candidate impresses the interviewer and is a clear fit for the position.The Case for Interviewing LastOn the other hand, some employers may prefer to save the best for last. This can allow them to get a better understanding of the overall candidate pool and make it easier to identify the top candidate's strengths and weaknesses. By interviewing the best candidate last, employers can also ensure they have a lasting impression of the strongest contender, which may be useful during the decision-making process.Other FactorsMany other factors can influence the order in which candidates are interviewed, such as scheduling conflicts, interviewer preferences, or internal processes. Therefore, it's important not to read too much into the order of your interview.FAQsTo help you navigate the often complex world of interviews, we've answered some commonly asked questions.Does Being Interviewed First Mean Anything?Being interviewed first doesn't necessarily indicate your standing as a candidate. It's important to remember that there are many reasons why an employer may schedule interviews in a certain order, and it's often unrelated to the perceived quality of the candidates.Does the Order of Your Interview Matter?While the order of your interview may have some impact on how your performance is assessed, it's crucial to focus on what you can control: presenting your skills, experience, and personality in the best possible light. Ultimately, being well-prepared and confident will have a much greater impact on your chances of success than the order in which you are interviewed.How Long After an Interview Should You Hear Back?The time it takes to hear back after an interview can vary widely depending on the company, the position, and the number of candidates. Generally, you can expect to hear back within one to two weeks, but it may take longer in some cases. If you haven't heard back within this timeframe, it's acceptable to follow up with the employer or your talent consultant to inquire about the status of the hiring process.Why Choose Us?At DSJ Global, ourteam of experts are dedicated to providing you with the latest insights, tips, and advice to help you succeed in your job search with us. Whether you're looking for guidance on career progression, interview preparation, resume writing, or salary negotiation, we're here to support you every step of the way.Get in Touch NowReady to take your career to the next level?Submit your CV today and discover relevant roles. Contact ustoday to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve your career goals.

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The Impact of Flexible Working

​Assessing the adoption of flexible working in the supply chain industrySince its introduction to the masses, flexible working has revolutionized the world of employment. As the demand for supply chain professionals continues to grow worldwide, strategies to facilitate flexible and remote working have become essential in attracting and retaining top-tier talent.For many, some degree of flexibility is essential to achieving a healthy work-life balance. This can in turn, result in a happier and more productive workforce, which benefits businesses. However, moving processes away from the office can also have a negative impact on company culture, as teams interact less, decreasing productivity. The ambiguity of the situation made us wonder: What is the real impact of flexible working? To answer this question, here at DSJ Global we engaged with top businesses to understand their flexible working strategy. Exploring the state of flexible working across the supply chain, we take a look at the following: How productivity and company culture has been impacted by hybrid and flexible working patterns What leaders see as the benefits and the challenges to flexible workingHow companies plan to use flexible working to attract and retain top talentOffering valuable insights to professionals seeking to understand the state of flexible working in supply chain, and for organizations reflecting on their flexible and working from home policies, both can take away a number of key considerations from this exclusive report. ​Download your copy of the report by completing the form below:​

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Global Job Confidence Index 2021

​​The annual DSJ Global Job Confidence Index aims to measure the beating heartbeat of the Supply chain and procurement labor market, their confidence in the economy, securing or finding a job, compensation and bonus, flexible working patterns, and whether the bull-bear factors in employment have altered.

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The Virtual Recruitment Landscape: Reset and Reboot

​The historical events of the past year made most firms pivot and re-evaluate their talent acquisition processes. Despite the resetting of traditional workplace rules, on the back of many businesses continuing to limit travel and in-person collaboration, what can be said for the virtual recruitment landscape then?​At DSJ Global, a subsidiary brand of the Phaidon International group, we recently engaged with our supply chain and procurement network. In the latest survey, the mandate is clear: 84% of respondents report that they are still conducting digital interviews.How can employers capitalize on a dynamic talent market when face-to-face contact has primarily been refuted? The answer lies deep-rooted in crafting a hyper-personalized, virtual recruitment strategy that accurately assesses a candidate’s competencies and skill set, whilst also providing an immersive user-experience online. Download our complementary guide to discover the digital-fast tactics that can keep your talent pipeline flowing, so you can lead from the front. ​This Guide Covers: The Virtual Recruitment Landscape: Reset and Reboot? Recruiting Remotely: A New Playing Field Idiosyncrasies and Nuances of Virtual Recruiting Decoding the Virtual Recruitment Landscape

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