What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Supply Chain Manager in Greenville:
"Seek positions with direct reports."
In a large multinational, a great obstacle to making it to the next level can be the perception that you are not prepared to lead a team. Supply Chain teams tend to be small and management positions below the director level can be hard to find.
Supply Chain Manager in San Antonio:
"Logical and Structured."
The best qualities that a Supply Chain Manager can bring to the table are not what systems you know, or what areas of the business you are an expert at performing within. All of this can be learned with the right mindset.
What is crucial is to understand, and thrive, on processes and data and organization. You can benefit the company the most by being someone who makes a constant effort to learn about the supply chain, it's opportunities, and validate those opportunities with data. From there, be a well-planned manager that can organize and implement solutions by delegating and managing people. If you can do this, and bring little details up to the big picture perspective to help other people better understand what drives their operation and what it costs... You are golden.
Supply Chain Manager in Charlottesville:
"Work Hard And Get Ahead."
Be patient and listen. Negotiate with a poker face and walk away if not happy with the deal.