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Head of Supply Chain Insights

Institute of Grocery Distributors (IGD)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Objectives
3. Strategy & Implementation
4. Challenges & Solutions
5. Results
6. Client Testimonial
7. Conclusion & learnings

1. Introduction:

The IGD (Institute of Grocery Distribution) is a dynamic organization that plays a pivotal role in the ever-evolving food and grocery industry. With its interconnected communities of Commercial Insight and Social Impact, the IGD is committed to driving positive change that benefits society, businesses, and individuals. By uniting and inspiring the industry, the IGD positions itself as a powerful catalyst for progress, connecting different sectors to create meaningful impact for businesses and their people.

Through its evolution, the IGD has carved out a unique position in the food and grocery industry, bringing together stakeholders to address critical economic, social, and environmental challenges. By convening working groups, the IGD fosters collaboration and proactive solutions, sharing knowledge and benefits across the industry.

Membership with the IGD offers a wealth of advantages, including access to industry updates, exclusive discounts, and cutting-edge insights. With resources like press releases, blogs, and a media toolkit, the IGD ensures its members and the wider community are well-informed about the latest trends and developments in the industry.

Guided by a distinguished leadership team of Trustees, Directors, and senior executives, the IGD drives its strategic direction and initiatives. Moreover, the IGD provides opportunities for individuals to join their teams and contribute to making a significant difference in the global food and grocery industry.

2. Objectives:

IGD approached us to find a dynamic individual for the Head of Supply Chain Insights position. This role provides insights for IGD's Supply Chain Analysis (SCA) insight service and Solutions business. You will be key in delivering the latest supply chain thinking to IGD's global customers, tailored to their specific needs and preferences.

With a strong passion for best practices and excellence, you will take the lead in generating insights on the most pressing supply chain issues. By engaging with industry experts, you will understand the challenges and opportunities and translate this knowledge into materials that drive supply chain performance improvement.

To excel in this role, you must stay at the forefront of supply chain trends, enjoy applying them practically, and have a flair for creating impactful content.

IGD's SCA service offers users access to report-based insights and a series of rich data, insights, and thought leadership events. This service targets professionals in the supply chain field within manufacturing, retail, and third-party organizations. With their ambitious growth plans, this is an exciting opportunity for a supply chain professional eager to make a real difference.

3. Strategy and Implementation:

It was unquestionably necessary to employ a targeted headhunting approach to secure the ideal candidate for this crucial position. We were not merely looking for a Supply Chain leader but one with demonstratable experience in gathering, analysing and presenting key insights. We were looking for a thought leader and one who could look past a physical supply chain and be able to truly understand the theory of supply chain excellence. 

We began with a market mapping exercise looking for crucial traits and experience around academic accomplishments, insight research and data analysis, all with the FMCG space. 

Each candidate was approached with confidentiality and meticulously screened against our ideal profile. From this process, we carefully selected a handful of exceptional leaders who are now prepared to be presented to IGD.

At Food Recruit, our core values of excellence, integrity, and a client-centric focus are deeply ingrained in our strategy. We are committed to finding the perfect fit for IGD, ensuring its continued success as a market data leader.

4. Challenges and Solutions:

In our search for the perfect candidate for the Head of Supply Chain Insights position, we employed a targeted and specific approach. Our goal was not to find a typical Supply Chain leader but rather someone with extensive experience in effectively navigating the supply chain and a deep understanding of supply chain excellence from an academic perspective.

To accomplish this, we honed in on essential keywords such as insights, analysis, FMCG, grocery distribution, CIPS, and supply chain excellence.

5. Results: 

Thanks to our dedicated efforts, we have successfully secured an exceptional candidate who not only possesses extensive experience in FMCG supply Chain operations but also has a demonstrable background in working with grocery retailers such as Tesco, a key client for IGD. This invaluable expertise will undoubtedly propel IGD forward, solidifying its position as an industry data leader.

6. Client Testimonial:

"Scott was responsible for the recruitment of the Head of Supply Chain at IGD and has contacted me directly about the position.

All information given was very clear, and any questions I had at the time were answered straight away.

He was great throughout the whole recruitment process and always kept me in the loop. Scott was very honest and supportive from start to finish and was even checking up on me after I started the new role.

It was a pleasure working with Scott, and he truly made the whole recruitment process a great experience!."

7. Conclusion and Learnings:

We are delighted to have partnered with IGD in such a crucial role. This business and position require out-of-the-box thinking to find the perfect candidates who match the role and can fit seamlessly into IGD's unique culture.


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