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Core Talent Recruitment: Logistics companies need to open their eyes to the transferable skills from other industries

Logistics firms should be more open to taking on employees from the manufacturing sector.


Logistics firms should be more open to taking on employees from the manufacturing sector, according to one specialist recruitment firm.

Writing for the Core Talent blog, Fraser Gordon, manager of the company’s logistics recruitment division, explained that people with lean methodology skills are now more in demand than ever in a wide variety of industries.

This, he explained, is because operations in a warehouse “are simply a collaboration of manual processes, and so by eliminating wasted time, efficiently utilising space and maximising productivity, organisations can save themselves millions of pounds and greatly improve the image of their business”. 

Lean methodology started in the automotive manufacturing sector, with philosophies, practices and management strategies such as Six Sigma, Kaizan, Kanban and Prince2 are becoming more and more popular.

These methodologies aim to improve the quality of process outputs and reduce the amount of resources used for goals other than creating value for the end customer.

According to Mr Gordon, logistics firms looking for new employees are increasingly after candidates who have these skills. However, he noted those companies are often unwilling to consider jobseekers with experience in manufacturing.

He said: "The main problem I face is that most of the people with these skills come from the manufacturing industry, and sometimes Core Talent’s clients fail to fully recognise the transferable skills those with a manufacturing background have. 

“The only way to develop lean thinking within logistics jobs is to learn from the experts, so employing people who don’t come from the more traditional pure logistics route is the only way to do it. I often find giving good examples of how lean methodology can relate to any industry helps our clients’ understanding.”

Core Talent is a North West recruitment agency specialising in logistics jobs, engineering jobs, manufacturing jobs across the UK. For more information visit the firm’s dedicated website:


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