How to Hire a Supply Chain Manager

Does your growing business need a supply chain manager? A supply chain manager candidate should have expertise in logistical coordination of all supply chain components. They should be able to strategize the entire supply chain cycle from manufacturing, to storage and shipping, down to delivery to the end user.

Here are some tips to help you find great supply chain manager candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Supply Chain Managers search for Jobs on Indeed*

212,484

job seekers clicked on supply chain manager specialist jobs

14,940

resumes from job seekers with supply chain manager experience on Indeed

2,752

supply chain manager jobs that received clicks

Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $22.95 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $11.50$87.50 hourly
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Common
$11.50
$87.50

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Supply Chain Manager?

Hiring new staff can impact your current team and dip into your cash flow. However, an Supply Chain Manager is a solid investment that can help your business to:

• Plan and execute the logistics process
• Lower costs, boost productivity, manage the product development lifecycle
• Be the main contact for vendors and maintain positive relationships with supply chain partners

Skills to look for in a great Supply Chain Manager

A great Supply Chain Manager candidate will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management or business
• Advanced Excel functions
• Experience with the preferred supply chain management system, e.g., ERP, MRP, DRP, etc.
• Prioritize multiple and possibly conflicting requirements or demands
• Superb communication and interpersonal skills
• Must have strong problem-solving and organizational skills

Writing a Supply Chain Manager job description

A well written description is important if your goal is to find a highly qualified Supply Chain Manager candidate. A compelling Supply Chain Manager job description includes a complete summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Supply Chain Manager jobs, such as:

• Supply Chain Manager
• Supply Chain Management
• Logistics Manager

Interviewing Supply Chain Manager candidates

Strong candidates for Supply Chain Manager positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• How they approach solving unexpected problems that occur
• A situation where a shipment could not be located or was held up due to inclement weather
• Their management style

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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