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Exclusive FMCG jobs market update – February

job-searchJanuary and February are typically busy months due to career development New Year resolutions.

Although, the start of this year has also seen an influx of activity on the client side with an increase in the number of new vacancies in FMCG compared to previous years.

Despite global uncertainty post-Brexit and since the election of Donald Trump, the economic sentiment in Australia remains responsibly strong.

The latest Deloitte CFO Sentiment Survey showed that for the first time since 2009, CFOs are feeling optimistic on all measured domestic contributors and 20 per cent are more positive than they were three months ago.

The economic climate teamed with strengthening employment prospects indicate a positive outlook for 2017.

  1. Big investments in infrastructure. Many FMCG business are upgrading their physical and non-physical infrastructure, such as manufacturing plants or ERP systems such as SAP. Businesses are embracing technology to remove manual processes. This is driving demand for project based and interim talent with specialist, technical skills, particularly in the engineering and technical space.
  2. Logistics optimisation big on the agenda. We have seen an increase in the number of senior logistics roles from previous years, particularly in the FMCG manufacturing space. This is due to senior management changes and broader pressure to reduce overall logistics costs and optimise the network. The ideal profile is someone who has a mixture of commercial and operational logistics experience who has led a national strategy and understands end to end supply chain.
  3. Channel development strategies a hot topic. Many of our clients are exploring non-traditional retail channels such as foodservice and broader commercial customers. Customer realignment strategies are vital to ensure maximised return on investment. This means account managers need to be highly adaptive in order to create and implement channel strategies to drive distribution rather than just maintaining existing account plans.
  4. A continued move to global marketing structures. As more businesses regionalise their marketing function overseas, the Australian business that have local head offices and a decentralised function are becoming more attractive to marketers. This presents opportunities for Australian marketing talent to be involved from brand strategy and asset creation (TVC, digital content) to new product development and range development. It means there is full responsibility of a brand portfolio and it’s direction. This also means there is a greater need for flexible working environments, as managing a global stakeholder network often involves work outside traditional working hours.
  5. Innovation skillsets in high demand. There is a huge shortage of food technologists with up to ten years’ experience. The competition to get this talent on board is widespread, and we have found there is an opportunity to gain competitive advantage through unique and proactive sourcing strategies. Some clients have adopted an ‘always looking’ mindset and many have benefited from considering non-traditional product backgrounds to close the talent gap.

Scott Logan – Interim Talent Specialist, Engineering and Operations for Six Degrees Executive, a specialist recruitment consultancy providing talent solutions within the FMCG space.

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