A Day in a Life of a Supply Chain Scientist

We’ve previously discussed the importance of a supply chain specialist over someone with more classic data science capabilities. At Lokad, we call them “Supply Chain Scientists”. We’re joined by one of our Supply Chain Scientists, Maximilian Barth, to learn more about what their role entails.

Like many of our Supply Chain Scientists at Lokad, Maximilian has an international background. He was born in Germany, studied and worked in a number of countries: the US, Finland and Australia, before moving to Paris. His studies were STEM focused (science, technology, engineering, math). Maximilian doesn’t have classical engineering training as such, but a financial background. Finance is often very compatible with supply chain science, as it takes into account the various complexities of real-word market risks.

The Supply Chain Scientist’s role is very multi-faceted, combining consulting, client management, technical capacities, as well as project management. It’s a position that often involves a lot of fire fighting, as unexpected situations often arise and our Supply Chain Scientists manage multiple accounts across the world. This requires an understanding of which issues need to be addressed first. It’s also a delicate balance of taking enough time to communicate with clients, in order to understand their individual supply chain needs, and actually executing what needs to be done.

We go into more detail about why we moved away from the traditional method of having one department who is in direct contact with the client, who then tells the IT department what they need to be developing, and instead decided to merge these two aspects into one. In addition, we talk about the diversity of the team at Lokad and what we actually look for in our Supply Chain Scientists.


00:08 Introduction

00:27 Maximilian, perhaps you could start by telling us a little more about your background and how you joined Lokad?

01:44 Joannes, why did you implement this Supply Chain Scientist capability at Lokad?

04:06 What are the core parts of your role?

05:25 What is the most important part of the daily role of a Supply Chain Scientist?

07:10 How do you balance your time between implementing code and communicating with clients?

08:44 Did you always think of the role of the Supply Chain Scientist as a multi-faceted role?

12:08 What are the key challenges of your role?

13:11 If you were a Data Scientist, how easy would it be to transition into the role of a Supply Chain Scientist?

17:01 What is rewarding about the role?

17:59 Joannes, why did you create such a multicultural team?

21:37 Maximilian, what kind of advice would you give to someone considering a career in the supply chain industry or as a Supply Chain Scientist?

22:23 Joannes, what advice would you give to an aspiring Supply Chain Scientist?