Top 5 Reasons Why Soccer Players Make Good Supply Chain Managers

  • by Bill DuBois
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fifa world cupHave you been watching the World Cup? I have.

It’s made me think about some of the similarities between this game and supply chain. And because of that, I came up with the Top 5 reasons why soccer (football) players make good supply chain managers.

Comment below to let me know if you agree, disagree or have your own ideas about why soccer players make good supply chain managers!


5. They usually need extra time to get the job done.

Supply Chain Managers need extra time


4. When something goes wrong they’ll let you know about it.

Supply Chain Managers joke when something goes wrong


3. They constantly deal with disruptions.

Supply Chain Managers joke distractions


2. They’re always willing to take one for the team.

Supply Chain Managers joke team players


1.They can deal with issues on a Global scale.

Supply Chain Managers joke global




Bill DuBois has enjoyed over 12 years with Kinaxis in a number of roles including his current position as a business consultant providing pre-sales support to the Kinaxis Sales Team. This includes developing and delivering “stand-out” product demonstrations, delivering ROI analysis and also coordinating and conducting pilot projects for prospective customers. In his other roles with Kinaxis, Bill was the manager of pre sales consulting and joined the company as an integration consultant. Prior to joining Kinaxis, Bill gained 12 years of manufacturing, supply chain and lean experience while with Boeing of Canada. Bill is APICS CPIM certified. And as a qualified APICS instructor, Bill has developed and delivered APICS courses in material planning, master scheduling, capacity management and just-in-time. Bill has also developed and delivered Lean education and training packages for all levels of personnel. Bill studied Electronics Technology at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Bill, as the resident Kinaxis comedian, is also the host of our home-grown Late Late Supply Chain Show. The Late Late Supply Chain Show videos can be found on the Just for Laughs section of the Supply Chain Expert Community. With top-ten list in hand, Bill keys up the funny with his late show antics appealing to a broad base of supply chain professionals — those who can laugh at the chaos of their daily lives (they need the laughter to mask the pain.) Bill has won the plaudits of critics — all one of them – and has proven himself in the ratings — first in late late supply chain shows! And Bill won’t stop until “this order has been filled.” Check him out for yourself!

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  1. You’ve got the top 5 down, so here’s five more to round it out to the top 10:

    10: Using your head scores 25% of the time, so you need something smarter 75% of the time.

    9: Shortages are like a Penalty Kick…no magic solution to this age old problem as it’s usually a no win situation. Just need to avoid this kiss of death.

    8: You’ve got to be fast and nimble like Messi to win. Taking hrs to do a sim won’t cut it here.

    7: One mistake is all it takes, so stay ALERT!

    6: Team effort all the way – everyone needs to communicate seemlessly

  2. Good ones Chris! Maybe the next post will be why Supply Chain Managers (or Software Developers) make good soccer players?

  3. Hatcher and DuBois done in ture SCM fashion, someone has to add to the chain!! Keep it moving!!

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