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Supply Chain Manager

Position Overview

Supply chain managers are crucial to the global economy and their organizations. They represent a unique discipline responsible for supporting a global network that produces and delivers products from raw materials to end customers, which ultimately impacts a company's bottom line. Working among many departments, supply chain managers engage in the design, planning, execution, control and supervision of supply chain activities with the objectives of creating value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and measuring performance globally.

What does a supply chain manager do?

  • Sales and operations planning, including forecasting
  • Material requirements planning
  • Production planning
  • Manage customer issues
  • Align supply chain activities including planning, sourcing, production, and delivery with demand
  • Manage issues in supply and availability of material
  • Measure operational and financial performance
  • Identify and mitigate risks

    Technical skills

    • Business systems such as ERP and MRP
    • Operational and financial metrics
    • Inventory management
    • Master scheduling
    • Supplier capabilities
    • Logistics and distribution
    • Analytics reports
    Supply Chain Manager Technical skills

    Leadership Skills

    • Strong written and verbal communication
    • Collaboration
    • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders
    • Critical thinking
    • Team managment
    Supply Chain Manager Leadership Skills


    Top 3 Bachelor’s Degrees:

    1. Engineering
    2. Business Administration
    3. Supply Chain Management

    Top 3 Master’s Degrees:

    1. Business Administration
    2. Supply Chain Management
    3. Engineering
    Supply Chain Manager Education

    Salary Ranges for a Supply Chain Manager

    If you’re looking for a way to advance your career and become a certified expert in your field, consider an APICS certification. Based on results from the annual ASCM Supply Chain Salary and Career report, supply chain managers with an APICS certification reported earning more than their counterparts without a certification.

    Earn 27% more with an APICS certification

    It pays to earn an APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) or Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) certification.

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    Salary Ranges for a Supply Chain Manager

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