Mentoring: free personal and professional growth for people in supply chain

Mentoring gives you and your supply chain talent the opportunity to connect with and learn from supply chain leaders and high-potential individuals in different businesses.

The programme

A programme that has been referred to as "the best initiative I've been involved in" and "the highlight of my 2017" by industry participants, IGD Mentoring is a free, award-winning mentoring initiative for supply chain teams in the food and grocery industry.

Why Mentoring

We work with businesses around the industry to match rising stars with industry leaders and experts. And here's the best part: it's a cross-company programme. Everyone involved is partnered with someone from another, non-competing, business, usually between customers and suppliers.



For mentoring participants, what's made the programme stand out is that it's inside your industry, so you speak the same language and face similar challenges. But with a mentor who's outside your organisation, there's the opportunity to have truly open and honest conversations with someone whose only goal is to develop you.


Who benefits

Mentoring works at two relationship levels as shown. At the upper level, Supply Chain Directors (or similar) mentor the direct reports of other companies' Supply Chain Directors; Senior Leaders / Heads of Department / Function (e.g. Head of Planning, Senior Supply Manager, Logistics Development Manager).

At the lower level of relationship, other Senior Leaders / Heads of Department / Function mentor other companies’ Middle / Functional Managers from (e.g. Quality Manager, Demand and Fulfilment Manager, Customer Logistics Leader).


What participants are saying

"Having a neutral contact has allowed me to be incredibly honest about my development needs… the breadth from understanding a different working culture and approach has been eye-opening."


"It was hugely satisfying to work with a totally engaged individual who was prepared to listen to advice and accept coaching. To see my mentee develop this year has been a highlight for me."


How to get involved in Mentoring

Register your interest

Please note that to take part, you must work for a customer (ie retailer, wholesaler or foodservice provider) or supplier of FMCG products. Each business involved will be asked to nominate both mentors and mentees to guarantee each participant a partner.