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Local supply chain professionals with international experience sought in Malaysia


Malaysian supply chain professionals with experience working abroad or within a multinational corporation are highly sought after in Malaysia, says recruiting experts Hays.


According to the recruiter’s latest Hays Quarterly Report for October to December, Procurement professionals, Supply Chain Managers and Buyers are in demand.


“Demand has increased for experienced Procurement professionals, particularly those with regional or global exposure. This is due to the number of global companies that are choosing Malaysia as their regional or global hub for procurement,” says Tom Osborne, Country Manager of Hays in Malaysia.


“Employment opportunities in procurement are proving to be attractive to returning Malaysians. Candidates with Six Sigma, Lean and Kaizan experience remain in demand as companies maintain their focus on continuous improvement.


“Planning professionals in supply, demand and production are sought by most FMCG related companies. Given the shortage of candidates in Malaysia, Demand Planners are needed and hiring managers prefer to focus on candidates who come from similar industries.


“We have seen an increase in the demand for Logistics, Warehouse and Operations professionals this year, particularly from service providers. This is due to expansions as well as high attrition rates within the industry.”


Tom also says he’s seen demand for experienced Supply Chain Managers, especially those with regional exposure. Many companies are increasing their investment in the supply chain function and seeking ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs, which is fuelling this demand.


“The strength of the oil & gas market in Malaysia has ensured consistent demand for experienced Buyers. Candidates with good technical understanding and large-scale project buying experience are the most sought after,” says Tom.


For more insight on the areas of staffing demand, please see our Hays Quarterly Report.


Hays is located in Kuala Lumpur at Suite 4 & 5, Level 23, Menara 3, Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre.  Phone +60 3 2786 8600 or email


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