What does a Supply Chain Manager do?
Supply Chain Managers work as part of a logistics and operations team to supervise the lifecycle of a product, from its creation to delivery to a customer. The role of a Supply Chain Manager is to understand how each step in the production, manufacturing and distribution process works together, optimizing efficiency and reducing waste. Supply Chain Managers coordinate the activities of different teams to get products to customers on time, considering factors like transportation time, product returns and other delays. They prepare long-term schedules for the company to ensure they have enough stock at any given time to meet demand.
Supply Chain Manager skills and qualifications
Although each company differs slightly in the skills and qualifications they require in a Supply Chain Manager, many are similar. Some of the most common skills and qualifications include:
- Familiarity with safety regulations, including those outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Understanding of procedural best practices in supply chain management
- Ability to lead, train and mentor employees individually and as a team
- Great written and verbal communication skills
- Strong negotiation skills
Supply Chain Manager salary expectations
The average salary for a Supply Chain Manager is $80,512 per year. These salary estimates are based on 1,668 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Supply Chain Manager employees and users or collected from past and present job advertisements in the past 36 months. The typical tenure for a Supply Chain Manager is one to three years.
Supply Chain Manager education and training requirements
Most Supply Chain Managers should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field. A master’s degree in a related field is an added bonus. A certification through the Association for Supply Chain Management can make an applicant more competitive. Some possible certifications include the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation, the Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) program or the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program.
Supply Chain Manager experience requirements
Some applicants may have 10 or more years of experience in manufacturing in a leadership role or 4 or more years of experience in supply chain management before entering a Supply Chain Manager role. Experience with enterprise resource planning programs can make a potential Supply Chain Manager more competitive.
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