Data Jobs in Supply Chain

00:04 Introduction
00:24 What is the role of a Supply Chain Executive?
03:24 Why does the Data Officer work separately from the IT department?
05:35 Which are the key deliverables that the Data Officer is providing?
06:46 What is it that a Supply Chain Scientist is doing on a daily basis?
08:30 Why is the Supply Chain Scientist responsible for both of these tasks?
11:07 Why does it make sense for the Supply Chain Scientist to be external?
15:49 Why is a Project Manager required in a Supply Chain initiative?
19:28 What are the skill sets that we should be looking out for when recruiting for these roles?
24:40 What would be the key ingredients that this team has in order to ensure that our supply chain initiative succeeds?


Supply Chain Management (SCM) practices are increasingly data-driven and quantitative. New roles have appeared such as the Supply Chain Scientist. Companies need to make strategic decisions about whether these competencies are developed in-house or externalized.

For a supply chain initiative to succeed, it needs a strong team behind it. In this episode of Lokad TV, we discuss the various job roles within this team and explore just how each member’s individual skills can contribute to the success - or failure - of a data management project.

We kick things off by talking about the different structures and professional profiles needed to carry out a supply chain optimization initiative: Supply Chain Executives, Data Officers, Supply Chain Scientists and Project Managers. We then analyze the specific responsabilities of each role and how they should be preparing and modelizing the data, in particular how to organise priorities.

We then go on to explore in more depth the various pros and cons of externalizing those competences, which companies often do through strategic consultancy groups. However, there are certain elements that should remain internal.

In addition to all that, we discuss the unique challenges that a team can face and the key ingredients required in order to execute an initiative effectively. Most notably, the importance of getting everyone on board with the project and addressing the horizontal and vertical splits within supply chains, as well as the interest of knowing your IT landscape and qualifying the results appropriately.

Finally, we focus more on the recruitment process for these roles, which sometimes can prove to be quite difficult. We talk about the skillsets that a company should be on the look-out for and discuss which industries these professionals are classically recruited from.