Competency Requirements of Supply Chain Planners and Analysts and Personal Preferences of Hiring Managers

Christoph Flöthmann, Kai Hoberg, Andreas Wieland

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Purpose: This study aims to enhance the understanding of competency requirements of supply chain planners and analysts (SCP&As) and identify different personal preferences of hiring managers toward job candidates’ competency profiles. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 243 supply chain managers with hiring experience participated in an adaptive choice-based conjoint experiment to uncover the relative importance of six competency attributes, namely, analytical and problem-solving ability, interpersonal skills, general management skills, computer/IT skills, supply chain management (SCM) knowledge and industry experience. Findings: SCM knowledge and analytical and problem-solving ability were identified as the most important competencies and were considered three times more important than general management skills. Based on convergent cluster and ensemble analysis, two types of hiring managers were identified. The first group is characterized by a pronounced preference for job candidates with extensive SCM knowledge. In contrast, the second group’s members prefer candidates with a more balanced competency profile. Originality/value: The authors’ findings help companies to facilitate a better person–job fit, a key determinant of employee performance and job satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSupply Chain Management: An International Journal
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)480-499
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Supply and demand
  • Supply chain management
  • HR practices

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