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Supply Chain Management Careers

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Supply chains, and the professionals who run them, play a critical role in keeping goods moving and economies running. With the explosive growth of e-commerce, plus the use of brand-new technologies such as AI and blockchain, the demand for supply chain professionals continues to surge.   

A career in supply chain assures a wide variety of work, high salaries, stability and job satisfaction. And, whether you’re just starting out or making a career change, there is a good chance that the skills you already have are transferable to working in supply chain! If you’re in search of a career that offers more than just a paycheck, look no further than supply chain.

Supply Chain Management Careers

What is supply chain?

Supply chain touches every step in the product life cycle; from growing, mining or creating a material to delivering it into the hands of the consumer, plus all the activities in between: sales and operations planning, new product development and engineering, risk management, corporate social responsibility, and so much more.

From a process perspective, there are five main functions of supply chain, as outlined in the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model. Within each function are the professionals making it all happen.

What is supply chain?

Common supply chain job titles by function

Plan

  • Buyer and/or Planner
  • Demand Planner
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Master Planner
  • Master Scheduler
  • Materials Manager
  • Production Planner

Source

  • Buyer
  • Category Manager
  • Commodity Manager
  • Procurement Specialist
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Sourcing Manager

Make

  • Operations Manager
  • Operations Director
  • Production Manager
  • Production Scheduler

Deliver

  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Logistics Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Transportation Analyst

Return

  • Logistics Manager
  • Inventory Manager
  • Materials Manager
  • Warehouse Manager

Enable

  • Director of Supply Chain
  • Production Planner
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Consultant

Supply chain career overviews

Careers in supply chain are available in a broad range of industries with a diverse array of functions. View the skills, salary ranges and career paths of different supply chain roles:

Supply chain career overviews

Build your knowledge and skills with ASCM coursework and certifications

Foundations of Supply Chain Management

This self-paced, user-friendly learning experience covers five different foundational supply chain courses, so it’s a great starting point for new supply chain professionals to build fundamental industry knowledge.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are a proven way to build knowledge about a specific topic. ASCM currently offers two certificate programs in procurement and warehousing. Both are self-paced, online education programs, featuring 20 hours of instruction and a comprehensive final exam. After passing, learners earn a certificate and digital badge.

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APICS Credentials

APICS credentials have been the global standard in supply chain learning and professional development for more than 60 years. Companies around the world recognize these certifications when recruiting and making hiring decisions.  Earning a certification gives you practical skills to make an immediate impact in your organization. Programs include Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM); Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); and Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD).

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ASCM Supply Chain Degree Finder

Considering undergraduate or graduate supply chain programs? View a snapshot of the locations, enrollment, job placement, starting salary and program scope of colleges and universities across the U.S.

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Let the numbers do the talking

Data collected from more than 3,400 U.S. supply chain professionals shows that, in addition to offering high salaries and good benefits, a career in supply chain provides personal fulfillment, opportunities for advancement and a variety of jobs .

Interested to see how supply chain salaries measure up? View the Supply Chain Salary and Career Report key findings.

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ASCM Salary Report

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Our job board is the place to find supply chain roles in logistics, sales and operations, distribution, inventory, purchasing, and more! Search thousands of jobs and internships spanning a variety of industries.

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More supply chain career resources

Check out on-demand webinars, our blog and more content to help you get your start in supply chain.

5 undeniable reasons to work in supply chain

5 undeniable reasons to work in supply chain

You can’t browse any major media website or scroll through your daily email newsletter without reading something about supply chain. This is such an exciting moment for the field and such an exciting field in which to work. With so many great companies hiring right now, there’s no better time to join the supply chain professionals of the future. Read this article to discover the top five reasons why supply chain careers offer such an incredible future.

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Lessons learned from an accidental career in supply chain

Lessons learned from an accidental career in supply chain

Jeff Mudd, CPIM, CSCP, global integrated business planning lead at Monsanto Company, had a unique start to his supply chain career. Hear how he went from earning a degree in marketing to finding a home in supply chain.

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Supply Chain Workforce of the Future

Supply Chain Workforce of the Future

What does the future of supply chain look like, and what skills do individuals need to lead their companies forward? This event is presented by ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi CSCP, CPA, CAE; Kent Brown, practice leader of the Supply Chain COE in North America at professional recruiting firm Korn Ferry; and John Caltagirone, executive director, Supply and Value Chain Center at Loyola University.

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From Start to Finish: Earning Your APICS Certification

From Start to Finish: Earning Your APICS Certification

Considering an APICS certification but not sure where to begin or what to expect? Check out our panel discussion and hear from supply chain professionals who have been through the process and know what it takes to be successful.

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Women and supply chain

Women and supply chain

ASCM is proud to have a diverse board of directors including five female supply chain leaders. ASCM Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Rennie recently interviewed them, exploring topics including their leadership philosophies, the strategies they used to accelerate their careers, and what they do to inspire other women in supply chain to achieve similar career success.

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Interested in joining ASCM?

ASCM members have access to exclusive benefits including thought-leadership, career resources and networking opportunities, for as low as $10 a month ($99 annually). Members also receive discounts on conferences, educational programs and more. Add the certification upgrade to your membership to receive huge discounts on APICS certification courseware and exams.

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