Ops managers in demand as hiring ramps up


<font color=red><b>THE RECOVERY:</b></font> Operators on hiring spree as contracts return and demand for the best workers increases

Ops managers in demand as hiring ramps up
Ops managers in demand as hiring ramps up
January 11, 2009

Transport employers are going on a hiring spree as contracts return and operators look for a competitive advantage in the New Year.

Operations managers are the most in-demand, according to the latest employment survey from recruiting firm Hays Logistics, along with transport analysts and logistics coordinators.

Tim James, Senior Regional Director of Hays Logistics, says there is a growing list of skills in demand by employers in the sector.

"Firstly, there are instances of employers opting to recruit now in an attempt to gain competitive advantage and secure the best of the available talent," he says.

"Secondly, contract wins in the 3PL sector have created consistent job flow, while those businesses that have withstood the financial downturn are recruiting in areas that add value rather than are a necessity. This includes team leaders and operational support roles.

"Thirdly, candidates already in permanent roles are re-entering the job market, looking for their next career steps."

The momentum will also generate opportunities as positions become vacant, James says, further fuelling the jobs market.

Operations managers remain sought after in all areas of logistics, according to the Hays survey.

"Employers want candidates that are degree qualified, have come through a graduate or management development program and have stable experience involving staff supervision, KPI management and budgetary exposure," Hays reports.

"Corporate presentation is also required which mirrors the shift towards creating a higher level of professionalism within the industry."

In Sydney, night shift container operators are needed as trucking companies work through the night to gain cost efficiencies from Sydney Ports.

In Western Australia, off/onshore logistics support is needed for the oil and gas sector. Hays says there are countless vessels and rigs off the coast, resulting in a continuous need for experienced oil and gas logistics professionals to coordinate the movement of materials to and from site.

Hays says transport analysts, supply chain analysts and demand planners are also needed as businesses continue to seek operational efficiencies within existing operations.

"Businesses still seek greater control in order to minimise their stock holdings through stronger, more efficient forecasting and improved sales and operational planning," the report says.

Logistics coordinators and planning candidates are sought as international and domestic freight levels increase, according to Hays. As demand and the subsequent volumes rise, operational shift supervisors and managers will become highly sort after along with experienced freight forwarders and import/export officers.

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