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Disruption is a Concern for Supply Chain

Supply chains across the globe have consistently faced disruptions over the past few years. The sector has encountered challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and issues in the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. Anticipated future disruptions are prompting organisations to enhance efficiency and resilience within the industry.

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Disruption is a Concern for Supply Chain

Supply Chain and Procurement Market Trends


This year will bring new challenges and opportunities to Ireland’s logistics, supply chain, and shipping industries. As the global economy continues to evolve, Irish businesses will need to adapt to stay competitive. Environmental sustainability was a top priority for Irish businesses in 2023 and will continue as we enter 2024, with companies increasingly adopting eco-friendly practices to reduce their carbon footprint.

To meet growing regulatory demands, 2024 will see 50% of supply chain organisations invest in artificial intelligence and advanced analytics capabilities. Additionally, there will be a focus on transparency and visibility across the full supply chain to overcome market challenges. 43% of organisations have limited-to-no visibility into the performance of their tier-one suppliers.

The year bodes well for Ireland, which has developed into a central hub for supply chain and logistics, particularly for biotech, pharmaceutical, and food companies. Many businesses choose to establish both virtual and physical supply chain hubs here, due to the availability of talent, favourable corporate tax rates, and the unique advantage of being the only English-speaking country in the EU.

The procurement market in Ireland faces specific challenges, with some companies moving procurement operations to lower-cost economies and employing outsourced partners. Despite this, there remains a strong demand for individuals with direct procurement experience, especially within the pharmaceutical and food sectors. Ireland continues to attract global supply chain functions, where skills such as planning, category management, and third-party management are highly sought after.

Skills and Qualifications in Supply Chain

In today's job market, soft skills that match employer needs are more important than ever. Excellent customer service, communication skills, and good attention to detail are essential to thrive in the supply chain sector.

Problem-solving and creative thinking are also crucial qualities that make candidates attractive to employers.

For office-based transport and logistics roles, qualifications within supply chain management or a Certificate of Professional Competence in transport management are desirable.

Even with no experience, these qualifications can make a candidate stand out within the industry. Working experience in road, air, sea freight or customs industries gives candidates an advantage when moving into the supply chain sector.

Most In-Demand Supply Chain Roles

There is a shortage of experienced candidates in public procurement. Candidates who want to take advantage of this demand are required to have a qualification and experience in EU public procurement directives.

Other in-demand supply chain and procurement roles include:

  • Planners

  • Supply Chain Managers

  • Procurement Category Managers

In the non-professional space, Ireland requires up to 10,000 drivers, ranging from B-license van drivers to CE licence articulated truck drivers.

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