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Supply Chain Managers

Also called: Global Supply Chain Director, Supply Chain Director, Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain Vice President

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What they do:
Direct or coordinate production, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, or financial forecasting services or activities to limit costs and improve accuracy, customer service, or safety. Examine existing procedures or opportunities for streamlining activities to meet product distribution needs. Direct the movement, storage, or processing of inventory.
On the job, you would:
  • Determine appropriate equipment and staffing levels to load, unload, move, or store materials.
  • Manage activities related to strategic or tactical purchasing, material requirements planning, controlling inventory, warehousing, or receiving.
  • Select transportation routes to maximize economy by combining shipments or consolidating warehousing and distribution.

Knowledge

Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Business
  • management
  • accounting and economics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Leadership
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Infor Lawson Supply Chain Management
  • SAP SCM
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Oracle Hyperion Hot Technology
  • SAP Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Minitab Hot Technology
  • SAP APO

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
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$52,860
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