Supply Chain Managers

Business Management & Administration > General Management

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Supply Chain Managers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 66.67% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 19.05% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    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.

    Monitor forecasts and quotas to identify changes and predict effects on supply chain activities.

    Monitor suppliers' activities to assess performance in meeting quality or delivery requirements.

    Determine appropriate equipment and staffing levels to load, unload, move, or store materials.

    Design, implement, or oversee product take back or reverse logistics programs to ensure products are recycled, reused, or responsibly disposed.

    Design or implement supply chains that support business strategies adapted to changing market conditions, new business opportunities, or cost reduction strategies.

    Develop procedures for coordination of supply chain management with other functional areas, such as sales, marketing, finance, production, or quality assurance.

    Participate in the coordination of engineering changes, product line extensions, or new product launches to ensure orderly and timely transitions in material or production flow.

    Analyze information about supplier performance or procurement program success.

    Analyze inventories to determine how to increase inventory turns, reduce waste, or optimize customer service.

    Confer with supply chain planners to forecast demand or create supply plans that ensure availability of materials or products.

    Document physical supply chain processes, such as workflows, cycle times, position responsibilities, or system flows.

    Meet with suppliers to discuss performance metrics, to provide performance feedback, or to discuss production forecasts or changes.

    Negotiate prices and terms with suppliers, vendors, or freight forwarders.

    Appraise vendor manufacturing capabilities through on-site observations or other measurements.

    Forecast material costs or develop standard cost lists.

    Identify or qualify new suppliers in collaboration with other departments, such as procurement, engineering, or quality assurance.

    Implement new or improved supply chain processes to improve efficiency or performance.

    Review or update supply chain practices in accordance with new or changing environmental policies, standards, regulations, or laws.

    Identify opportunities to reuse or recycle materials to minimize consumption of new materials, minimize waste, or to convert wastes to by-products.

    Design or implement supply chains that support environmental policies.

    Define performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of supply chain factors, such as product cost or quality.

    Diagram supply chain models to help facilitate discussions with customers.

    Locate or select biodegradable, non-toxic, or other environmentally friendly raw materials for manufacturing processes.

    Investigate or review the carbon footprints and environmental performance records of current or potential storage and distribution service providers.

    Evaluate and select information or other technology solutions to improve tracking and reporting of materials or products distribution, storage, or inventory.

    Conduct or oversee the conduct of life cycle analyses to determine the environmental impacts of products, processes, or systems.

    Design or implement plant warehousing strategies for production materials or finished products.

    Develop or implement procedures or systems to evaluate or select suppliers.


Radio frequency identification RFID scanners

Personal computers

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers


Advanced business application programming ABAP

MEDITECH software

Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics AX

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft SQL Server

All Technologies

Microsoft Visio


Oracle Hyperion

Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

Oracle PeopleSoft

Adexa Supply Chain Planning

Aldata Warehouse Management

CDC Supply Chain

Dex Warehouse

Epicor SRM

Epicor WMS

Graphics software

HighJump Software Supply Chain Advantage

HighJump Warehouse Advantage

i2 Collaborative Supply Execution

i2 Intelligence

i2 Supply Chain Visibility

IBM ILOG Inventory Analyst

IBM ILOG LogicNet Plus XE


IBS Supply Chain Management

IFS Applications for Supply Chain Management

Infor Lawson Supply Chain Management

Infor SCM

JDA Master Planning

Lawson S3 Supply Chain Management

Manhattan Scale

Manhattan Supply Chain Process Platform

Master scheduling software

Oracle E-Business Suite Financials

Oracle e-Business Suite Supply Chain Management

Oracle Inventory

Purchasing software


Red Prarie Warehouse Management


SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports


Simulation and modeling software

Swisslog WarehouseManager

Warehouse management system WMS


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Management of Material Resources

Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Teaching others how to do something.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

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