Studies show that the job=career equation is no longer a sound proposition. Most workers will change jobs numerous times in their life; as often as every seven to ten years on the average. For procurement professionals, that rule of thumb will mean retraining, retooling and often relocation. For as long as most of us can remember, those facts meant new companies, new processes, new tools and often new home towns.
Add, new cultures, new countries and new continents to that list. Perhaps the best example of dynamic shifts that will create new jobs in foreign markets is the emergence of Tata motors of India. Tata is now marketing what they tout as the world’s most inexpensive car. At just over $2,000 dollars (100,000 rupees) the Tata Nano, comes in at about ¼ of the cost of our least expensive American model. Here’s the great news, Tata is developing a better equipped, safer model for US distribution. Or will that be US manufacture?
One can only guess. But here’s what we do know, as global markets expanded and stretched across borders, procurement teams followed suit. Thus, it’s reasonable to think that as lesser developed countries break into domestic manufacturing, those manufacturers will scramble to fill the “expertise” void in procurement. It’s also sensible to think that some of the disenfranchised of our domestic work force may be traveling to foreign lands for their next paycheck, or raise.
And who knows, maybe they’ll come back home when those foreign manufacturers open up shop in Anytown, USA.