The basic definition seems straightforward enough: Manufacturing is the process of converting raw materials or parts into finished goods that meet a customer’s expectations or specifications. It commonly employs a man-machine setup with division of labor in a large scale production.

Simple, right? Not even close.

Today’s global manufacturing marketplace demands a complex suite of knowledge, experience, abilities, and market awareness. The process is multifaceted and interdependent on the success of each phase and step along the way – from procurement and production to workforce management and distribution. And the river that runs through the heart of all manufacturing is Value Stream and Supply Chain management.

Regardless of geography, end product, or corporate revenue size, one unremitting challenge faces all manufactures — the critical need for skilled, talented Value Stream and Supply Chain leadership.

As an executive recruiter for Lucas Group, I have spent more than a decade successfully assisting manufacturers of all types and sizes find and hire the leaders their businesses require. And over the course of thousands of client conversations and candidate interviews, a consistent series of characteristics have unveiled themselves as the necessary elements to identifying and hiring truly impactful and effectual Value Stream leaders.

I invite you to learn more about the driving characteristics that help create powerful leadership and successful teams in “Manufacturing Value Streams and Supply Chains: Seven Characteristics of a Value Stream Leader” and then join in the conversation.

Succeeding in today’s fast-paced and global manufacturing climate requires both an understanding of the past and a vision into the future. Share your thoughts and insights here. I look forward to continuing the discussion.