Supply Chain Managers

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Also known as:
Airport Manager, Cold Storage Supervisor, Distribution Center Manager, Logistics Manager, Logistics Supply Officer, Marine Oil Terminal Superintendent, Traffic Safety Administrator, Transportation Manager, Warehouse Manager, Warehouse Operations Manager

ABOUT SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER CAREERS
Video transcript

In our increasingly globalized society, the importance of supply chain managers is reaching new heights. You can thank these managers for speedy delivery times on orders, lower shipping costs, and keeping a steady flow of your favorite products available. Supply chain managers oversee every stage of the process that gets products to your door from raw materials to finished product. Accurate planning and forecasting helps them ensure an appropriate supply of materials to keep the production process running smoothly. These managers must stay on top of any changes that could affect the supply chain from the availability of ingredients to shipping interruptions... facility closings... or raw material shortages. Whatever the situation, they're responsible for minimizing delays, and keeping costs down without affecting product quality. Maintaining positive relationships helps them integrate their work with other departments, like sales, marketing, and finance. While some supply chain managers are very hands-on, traveling to manage day-to-day tasks in warehouses and terminals, others stay close to the office to formulate demand forecasts, and troubleshoot customer issues. Regardless of focus, most work 40 hours per week or more. To enter the field, a bachelor's degree in business administration, management, or a related field is typically required, along with five or more years of experience.

SNAPSHOT
Direct or coordinate production, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, or financial forecasting services or activities to limit costs and improve accuracy, customer service, or safety. Examine existing procedures or opportunities for streamlining activities to meet product distribution needs. Direct the movement, storage, or processing of inventory.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Develop or implement procedures or systems to evaluate or select suppliers.

Evaluate and select information or other technology solutions to improve tracking and reporting of materials or products distribution, storage, or inventory.

Design or implement supply chains that support environmental policies.

Review or update supply chain practices in accordance with new or changing environmental policies, standards, regulations, or laws.

Diagram supply chain models to help facilitate discussions with customers.

Design or implement supply chains that support business strategies adapted to changing market conditions, new business opportunities, or cost reduction strategies.

Design or implement plant warehousing strategies for production materials or finished products.

Participate in the coordination of engineering changes, product line extensions, or new product launches to ensure orderly and timely transitions in material or production flow.

Identify opportunities to reuse or recycle materials to minimize consumption of new materials, minimize waste, or to convert wastes to by-products.

Document physical supply chain processes, such as workflows, cycle times, position responsibilities, or system flows.

Monitor forecasts and quotas to identify changes and predict effects on supply chain activities.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
TOP SKILLS
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.