Supply Chain Managers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.5% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Supply Chain Managers Do

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.

Other Job Titles Supply Chain Managers May Have

Global Supply Chain Director, Material Requirements Planning Manager, Solution Design and Analysis Manager, Supply Chain Director, Supply Chain Manager

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Technology Supplier Manager ,

Capital One

A great day at work is meeting with a supplier to review thier performance and seeing them take actional feedback on that performance. I interact with multiple people each day, not only internally but externally. I spend time in meetings discussing new projects and initiatives and some time responding to emails from various folks.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Determine appropriate equipment and staffing levels to load, unload, move, or store materials.
  • Manage activities related to strategic or tactical purchasing, material requirements planning, controlling inventory, warehousing, or receiving.
  • Select transportation routes to maximize economy by combining shipments or consolidating warehousing and distribution.
  • Define performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of supply chain factors, such as product cost or quality.
  • Implement new or improved supply chain processes to improve efficiency or performance.

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