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For chemical companies in the Arabian Gulf region, demand for supply chain talent is growing rapidly, and talent supply is still catching up with this increase.
Companies can take action on several fronts to deal with this talent shortage and to build a sustainable talent pool for the future.
With a comprehensive, integrated approach to building talent, companies can position themselves to attract, develop and retain the skilled people they need— and leverage that talent to drive business success.
Chemical companies in the Arabian Gulf region need to take a more robust, comprehensive approach to supply chain talent—one that integrates the various aspects of talent management, aligns talent strategies with supply chain strategies and, ultimately, business strategies.
To do so, companies need to focus on several key actions:
Collaborating with local academic institutions to expand and strengthen the region’s pool of supply chain talent
Creating environments for supply chain talent to succeed, by focusing on development and training, offering meaningful career paths, and working actively to retain skilled employees
Recasting the supply chain to leverage talent, reducing complexity and improving processes to enable available talent to work more effectively
Aligning talent and supply chain analytics, which enables the company to predict talent needs, optimize staffing and create individualized development plans.
Today, the supply chain talent-related goals of governments, chemical companies and citizens in the region are aligned—and companies have a real opportunity to take their talent strategies to the next level.
Saleh I. Al-Shabnan is the Vice President of Global Supply Chain Center of Excellence at Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).
Nora Ismagilova is a Research & Studies Officer at Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA).
Omar Boulos is a senior executive in Accenture’s Resources operating group and managing director of Accenture in the Middle East. He is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Kenan Nouwailati is the Managing Director of Accenture Management Consulting, Oil & Gas, Middle East. He has more than 23 years of experience in the energy and petrochemicals sectors, working with many companies in Europe, US, Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. He is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Steve Pearce is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Resources operating group, specializing in operations supply chain and Sales & Operations Planning; he is located in Abu Dhabi.
Andrew Brown is a senior manager in Accenture’s Management Consulting group specializing in eastern hemisphere growth and supply chain strategies for the Resources industry; he is located in Denver, Colorado, US.
Darren Cairns is a manager in Accenture’s Management Consulting group based in Abu Dhabi with global experience working with clients developing local content strategies, including clients in the Arabian Gulf region.
June 13, 2013
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