In the last 80 years or so, massive strides have been made towards gender equality in the workplace. The gender gap is narrowing within the procurement and supply management industries as well.
In 2018, Oliver Wyman surveyed more than 300 CPOs to discover how procurement organizations are working towards gender parity and what has been achieved to date. The research revealed that women currently account for 38% of procurement teams, and 60% of CPOs said there are more women in their organization than three years ago.
These percentages, however, drop off significantly at more senior levels, with women representing just 25% of procurement management committees and 25% of category management roles.
The supply chain management profession tells a similar story. In the US, women hold 14% of senior vice president (SVP), executive vice president (EVP) and C-Suite jobs in supply chain management.
The good news is that the number of women in supply chain leadership positions grew by 100% between 2016 and 2018. In 2019, Gartner’s annual Women in Supply Chain survey showed an increase in women represented across the entire pipeline, including an 8% jump at the VP level.