The four step process for establishing an internal Supply Chain Analytics team – III/III

Recap: In first two parts of this article, we discussed what should the four step process to set up Supply Chain centers of excellence. We covered the first three steps in previous two posts (Link at the end of this part). The four step process has been reproduced below.


First decision – Central, Regional or Hybrid?

To figure out what is the best way to structure your team, you need to evaluate the pros and cons of each of these structures:



  • Centralized repository of knowledge
  • More efficient knowledge sharing among team members
  • Better workload balancing across team members


  • No regional visibility into useful knowledge
  • No regional expertise



  • Knowledge gets propagated deeper in the organization
  • Local teams have better understanding of business and process nuances


  • Hiring advanced analytics professionals may be challenging in some regions
  • Workload may get intense due to limited regional headcount

Hybrid- Best of both worlds

Large firms have the luxury to create hybrid models in which there can be a small central group that supports the regions and business units. The expertise of central group is leveraged for more challenging assignments and also helps facilitate knowledge sharing within the organization.

Staffing best practices (Work in progress….will be updated by 05/12/19)




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