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In Conversation with Successful Women Entrepreneurs: Anjali Samuel Writes About Hiring Trends in FMCG and F&B Sectors

FMCG and F&B sectors: Increased hiring in supply chain and digital marketing, experienced candidates in demand, environment and sustainability become top priorities

In conversation series continues and this week Anjali Samuel, Managing Partner for Mindfield Resources, writes about key staffing trends in FMCG and F&B sectors in the UAE.

UAE’s food and beverage (F&B) and fast-moving consumer goods FMCG sectors are growing rapidly, and with it the demand for qualified staff. These industries are currently creating the most jobs, as many believe there is a greater demand than supply. Head-hunters have identified that the most in-demand jobs include production and manufacturing jobs, technical and engineering, new product development mainly coming from cloud kitchens & restaurant aggregators. Emerging innovative recruitment methods are disrupting these sectors on a regular basis, from significant changes in recruiting behaviour and practices to the growing use of AI-powered hiring. The most important drivers of HR technology change and development have been similar to those in other sectors, with a general decrease in employment, the quick increase of remote working, and an increasing focus on environmental issues.

Increased hiring in the marketing, digital, research & development and supply chain arena

Significant upgrade of talent is on the agenda for all clients in this particular space.  Hiring for specific skill-sets is becoming much more important, with an increased focus on marketing, digital, research & development and supply chain skills. Recruiters are looking for people who have a blend of both hard and soft skills to fill the positions in these areas. The food and beverage sector is one that is constantly on the move and is always looking to adapt to global changes. F&B players need to respond quickly to global changes and challenges posed to the food & beverages market.

Candidates carrying experiences from developed markets or have experienced significant transformations are in high demand

Employers are looking for experienced professionals who can help them navigate through these difficult times and implement necessary changes. With the market rapidly evolving, employers are looking for candidates with a global perspective and those who have experience working in developed markets. They are also keen to hire individuals who have undergone significant transformations in their previous roles, as they feel these candidates will be better equipped to handle the challenges of the current market.

Talent that encourages and brings in disruption through technology are highly sought after

In times where innovation is key, organisations are on the lookout for employees who can help them stay ahead of the curve. Recruiters are searching for tech-savvy candidates who can bring in new ideas and disrupt the status quo. Individuals who have experience in startups or those who are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment are highly sought after by employers. With the ever-growing demand for staff in the food and beverage industry, job seekers need to be prepared to face stiff competition. Recruiters are looking for candidates who are passionate about the industry and believe in the power of emerging technologies.

Environment and sustainability are becoming a priority for both the organization and the consumer

With the increasing focus on the environment and sustainability, organisations are looking for employees who share these values. Recruiters are looking for candidates who have a genuine interest in these areas and can help the organisation implement sustainable practices. They are also interested in individuals who can help them connect with their customers on an emotional level by promoting their sustainable initiatives. It is clear that the recruitment landscape is rapidly changing, and those who keep up with the latest trends will have a significant advantage.

Research and development teams are focusing on products that cater to the health-conscious consumers

The food and beverage industry is constantly evolving and manufacturers are now focusing on products that cater to health-conscious consumers. This has led to a surge in demand for research and development (R&D) professionals who can help develop new products that meet the needs of this particular segment. Recruiters are looking for candidates who have a good understanding of the latest food trends and are able to come up with creative ideas that will appeal to the health-conscious consumer. They are also interested in individuals who have experience working in a fast-paced environment, as R&D teams often need to work under tight deadlines.

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