The combination of cloud computing, hyper-connectivity, big data and analytics is fundamentally reshaping how things get made, and the software industry is undergoing a similar revolution.
More and more of a manufacturer’s processes are becoming automated, not just on the shop floor and warehouse, but across almost every function found in any business – finance, HR, sales, customer service, the list goes on.
As systems increasingly become interconnected, with data being shared from one to another in a seamless transaction, entrenched organisational siloes are being broken down – most notably, between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).
This paradigm shift is already paying dividends for manufacturers, many of which are realising tangible benefits such as real-time visibility across their entire operation, increased supply chain transparency, and a move from reactive to predictive maintenance, to name but a few.
Similarly, these changes have seen the software industry move away from off-the-shelf, long-tail product suites, towards embracing bespoke, multi-tiered packages offered as a continuous service.
Integrating such systems correctly and identifying where the true value lies is no mean feat and the successful solutions vendors are the ones building teams which combine technical knowledge, consultant skills and, crucially, first-hand experience of manufacturing.
“There are many professionals currently working in manufacturing who may be considering making a change, for a wide number of reasons. They may be looking at redundancy, they have hit a ceiling in their current organisation, or they may feel they have reached their limits in one industry and are looking to move into another,” explains Louisa Allison, Group HR Director at eBECS.
“These are highly skilled, deeply experienced people who are grappling with how to transfer their expertise to a more modern job market. There are numerous programmes for young people, but relatively few for people in their 30s, 40s or 50s. We can offer them the opportunity to develop new talents which complement their existing capabilities.”
eBECS is a forward-thinking company specialising in offering total Microsoft Business Solutions. It designs and delivers Lean and agile solutions globally for customers in manufacturing, distribution, retail, services, not-for-profit and other related sectors.
Having set itself ambitious growth targets over the coming five years, eBECS is looking to expand its core team of business solutions delivery consultants. So, how does one transition from being a production line manager to become a qualified eBECS consultant?
“We appreciate that in most cases, applicants won’t have the consultancy skills or deep product knowledge, but that’s something we can relatively quickly add through our well-established development programme,” says Allison.
“What you can’t plug in so easily is first-hand industry experience. That’s built up over many years by being on the ground, seeing what works, what doesn’t, and solving problems. Once a new recruit has gone through initial training, they join one of our project teams and a mentor is assigned to them. They are supported every step of the way.”
“Furthermore, eBECS has recently been acquired by DXC, a global leader in IT services and solutions,” Allison adds. “That provides a unique opportunity for someone joining our team because they get to work within a dynamic, responsive company, alongside all the benefits of an international systems integrator which DXC provides.”
If you would like to learn more about the opportunities eBECS currently has, or would like to submit your CV for consideration, please email [email protected]