Supply Chain and Logistician Manager
How does a product reach efficiently from the supplier to the consumer purchasing the product? A supply chain manager or logistician allows this entire process to occur smoothly and the company maximizes profit by analyzing and directing the entire cycle of the product. Their duties begin from acquiring the product, through the distribution, and delivery of the product. Supply chain managers also must direct the entire transporting, inventory and warehouse processes for the product. A key to a successful supply chain manager is also building strong connections between the supplier and consumer to facilitate the entire operation. Also, during this entire procedure, these managers must be able to minimize any costs they can for their company and make suggestions for any improvements. Supply chain managers will often use advanced software programs to aid them in the product planning and tracking process.
Salaries and Job Outlook*
Education and Training
There are very few jobs available in supply chain management that will accept associates degrees, as most will require at least a bachelor's degree from a many different fields. Some sample courses might include database management and system dynamics. Managers can receive certifications from American Society of Transportation and Logistics or International Society of Logistics through experience and passing an exam. It is always beneficial to have background in the supplier's side of the process to make the job easier.
Valued Traits & Abilities
Almost every industry has jobs for supply chain managers, but the highest numbers of supply chain managers tend to work in the manufacturing industry at 25% and the second highest employer is the federal government at 23%. Managers work in a variety of different settings from office workspaces where they might perform logistical work to on the site of the production process. This work can often be stressful, as there are tight deadlines and the work is very fast paced.