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Encoding structural agility and resilient response ability to emergent risks within the global supply chain
This paper provides a roadmap on how to go about implementing supply resilience within a global organisation. It talks about the imperative to focus on supply agility and resilience in an increasingly VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environment, the ten core principles leveraging which one can build an effective supply resilience approach. It then discusses the need to have a holistic supply resilience program across source, make and deliver with cross-functional representatives and executive sponsorship. The paper speaks in some detail about how to go about conceptualising and executing the different workstreams of the program around procurement, manufacturing, logistics, resilient planning and innovation resilience. One needs to look at the big picture and hence it is important to bring the outputs and analytics of the different workstreams together to drive an end-to-end view of supply resilience and agility for a category and then overall for the supply chain. The paper gives an approach on how to look at this end-to-end view. Finally, it suggests the key success factors and tailwinds that are necessary to successfully execute and embed the supply resilience programme within the DNA of the organisation.
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Arjun Varma is responsible for global capacity, network management and resilience for Beiersdorf’s global supply chain. In this context, he also drives the development and execution of the global supply chain resilience approach for Beiersdorf. He has over 21 years’ international experience in end-to-end supply chain and operating sales management across fast-moving consumer goods, health care nutrition, retail and petrochemicals industries. Arjun has worked in start-up, turnaround and stable businesses with prior leadership experiences at PepsiCo and GSK Consumer Healthcare Ltd. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Master’s in business administration. Arjun is a passionate advocate of effective supply chain strategy and design, supply chain resilience and digitalisation, and speaks in international forums to promote same.
CitationVarma, Arjun (2022, March 1). Encoding structural agility and resilient response ability to emergent risks within the global supply chain. In the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Procurement, Volume 4, Issue 3.