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Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Without a supply chain nothing happens. Raw materials don’t get to the factory.  Milk products don’t get to the supermarket.  Troops in the field are not equipped. Insufficient or the wrong product gets manufactured to meet customer demand.  Hospitals do not receive the materials, equipment and medicines they need to function.

Supply Chain Professionals are crucial in ensuring the effective movement of goods and materials throughout an economy and they significantly contribute to the success of organisations.

Supply Chain Management

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaSupply chain management managing complex and dynamic supply and demand networks.[1] (cf. Wieland/Wallenburg, 2011)Supply chain management (SCM) is the management of an interconnected or interlinked between network, channel and node businesses involved in the provision of product and service packages required by the end customers in a supply chain.[2] Supply chain management spans the movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. It is also defined as the “design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and measuring performance globally.”[3]SCM draws heavily from the areas of operations management, logistics, procurement, and information technology, and strives for an integrated approach.[4]

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Supply Chain as a profession is continuously evolving this is reflected by most major universities providing Graduate and Post Graduate courses.  There is an increasing expectation by employers that Supply Chain professional have some level of professional accreditation that promotes on going learning.  One such professional body is APICS Australia

Some key roles in Supply Chain include Procurement, Buyer, Demand Planning, Production Planning, Distribution Requirements Planning, Warehouse/Distribution Centre Management, Transport, Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management

From a career perspective, Supply Chain Professionals are able to move across industries.  As populations and markets increase, technologies evolve and emerge supply chains grow and require more professionalism to support organisations to be effective.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaManufacturing is the production of goods for use or sale using labor and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, or formulation. The term may refer to a range of human activity, from handicraft to high tech, but is most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale. Such finished goods may be used for manufacturing other, more complex products, such as aircraft, household appliances or automobiles, or sold to wholesalers, who in turn sell them to retailers, who then sell them to end users – the “consumers“. Pasted from <>

From the above definition it is apparent that Manufacturing by its nature is complex and as a result requires wide range of professions to operate effectively.

Disciplines/Professions found in Manufacturing include, R&D, Scientists and Engineers, Supply Chain Professionals, Accounting and Finance, Sales, Marketing, Regulatory, Human Resources, Quality, OH&S, Risk, Customer Service.

Kingscroft works with many companies to identify and help recruit Supply Chain Professionals in the Manufacturing, Building Products, Food, FMCG, Chemical, Engineering, and Infrastructure Services Industries. We do this primarily across Australia and work with other recruiters in North America and Asia to both source and supply talent.