Meet Critical Input Senior Consultant Simon Langdon

With more than three decades of experience in this field, CRITICAL INPUT Senior Consultant Simon Langdon has a proven track-record of delivering exceptional results in dynamic workplaces with constantly changing priorities and workloads. Before joining Critical Input, Simon had the privilege of working for numerous years as part of the Australian Antarctic program, where he gained extensive experience in logistics operations and management. His expertise lies in stakeholder engagement, project management, and implementing effective inventory management systems and warehouse restructures.

What led you into this type of work? 

I actually started my career as a stevedore, but it was when I had the opportunity to take on a role as a warehouse logistics officer that I realised my passion for this field. I thoroughly enjoyed the work and knew that supply chain management was the career path I wanted to pursue. Over the years, my passion, determination, and continuous learning have enabled me to advance into leadership and management roles.

What do you bring to Critical Input that is unique and beneficial to clients?

At Critical Input, I bring a unique set of skills and experiences that benefit clients in several ways. Firstly, I have extensive experience working in remote logistic operations in challenging environments. This has equipped me with a deep understanding of the complexities involved in managing supply chains under adverse conditions.

Additionally, I have a broad range of expertise in supply chain operations, including maritime, aviation, road, import/export, and warehousing. From grassroots to senior management, I have worked across various levels in logistics, giving me a holistic perspective and an appreciation for the importance of every role in the supply chain.

I also have a track record of successfully leading teams to undertake complex projects. Building productive relationships and working through problems to achieve results are skills I bring to the table. Furthermore, my can-do attitude is infectious and encourages others to embrace challenges and strive for excellence. I am known for being hardworking, ethical, driven, and reliable, always ready to roll up my sleeves and get stuck into the work at hand.

Do you have a particular career highlight?

One of my most memorable career highlights occurred during my time at Casey Station in Antarctica. I led the Container Management Project, which aimed to clean up the station to make room for the upcoming Traverse Project. Not only did my project team accomplish all project objectives, but I also inspired all work groups on the station to actively participate in the station clean-up. The collective effort of the team led to our project receiving a prestigious Director’s Award, recognising our achievements.

Describe a typical day at Critical Input. 

A typical day at Critical Input is characterised by a fast-paced, challenging, and rewarding environment. Every day brings new opportunities to tackle complex supply chain issues, engage with clients, and collaborate with colleagues to develop innovative solutions. It’s an environment where continuous learning and adaptability are crucial, and no two days are exactly the same.

Is there a particular type of work that you enjoy the most?

Overseeing a team to deliver efficient and effective logistic and warehouse operations is what I find most fulfilling. Being able to lead and inspire a group of individuals to achieve a common goal is immensely satisfying.

What are some of the most common mistakes you see clients make when it comes to people and processes? 

One common mistake I often observe is undervaluing the critical role of the supply chain in supporting overall business operations. It’s essential for clients to recognise that a well managed and optimised supply chain can significantly impact their bottom line and overall success.

How do you know when you’ve done a good job or when a project has been successful? 

We know we’ve done a good job or when a project has been successful when we receive positive unsolicited feedback from stakeholders. When clients express their satisfaction with the results achieved, and we see tangible improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of their supply chain operations, we know that we have made a significant impact.

If there was one thing you could change about the world, what would it be?

If I could change one thing about the world, it would be to instil a positive can-do attitude in everyone. I believe that a positive mindset can drive innovation, collaboration, and ultimately, positive change in all aspects of life.

What’s a fun fact about you? 

A fun fact about me is that I am currently learning to scuba dive in preparation for an upcoming trip to Thailand. Exploring the underwater world has always fascinated me, and I’m excited to embark on this new adventure.

Core strengths:

  1. Excellent Interpersonal Skills
  2. Analytical Thinking
  3. Leadership
  4. Time Management
  5. Driven to Produce Outcomes and Results
  6. Positive Attitude.

Recent highlights:

  1. Relocating to Brisbane
  2. Joining the Critical Input Team
  3. Implementing improvements at CSA Cobar
  4. Taking on the Warehouse Superintendent role at CSA
  5. Undertaking the first resupply operations on Australia’s new Ice Breaker ‘Nuyina’
  6. Managing shoreside resupply operations at Macquarie Island.