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Working As A Senior Supply Chain Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Supply Chain Analyst Do

Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations solve problems and make better decisions.

Duties

Operations research analysts typically do the following:

  • Identify and solve real-world problems in areas such as business, logistics, healthcare, or other fields
  • Collect and organize information from a variety of sources, such as computer databases, sales histories, and customer feedback
  • Gather input from workers involved in all aspects of a problem or from others who have specialized knowledge, so that they can help solve the problem
  • Examine information to figure out what is relevant to a problem and what methods might be used to analyze it
  • Use statistical analysis, simulations, predictive modeling, or other methods to analyze information and develop practical solutions to business problems
  • Advise managers and other decision makers on the impacts of various courses of action to take in order to address a problem
  • Write memos, reports, and other documents explaining their findings and recommendations for managers, executives, and other officials

Operations research analysts are involved in all aspects of an organization. They help managers decide how to allocate resources, develop production schedules, manage the supply chain, and set prices. For example, they may help decide how to organize products in supermarkets or help companies figure out the most effective way to ship and distribute products.

Analysts must first identify and understand the problem to be solved or the processes to be improved. Analysts typically collect relevant data from the field and interview clients or managers involved in the business processes being examined. Analysts show the implications of pursuing different actions and may assist in achieving a consensus on how to proceed.

Operations research analysts use sophisticated computer software, such as databases and statistical programs, and modeling packages, to analyze and solve problems. Analysts use these mathematical programs to simulate current and future events and evaluate alternative courses of action. Analysts break down problems into their various parts and analyze the effect that different changes and circumstances would have on each of these parts. For example, to help an airline schedule flights and decide what to charge for tickets, analysts may take into account the cities that have to be connected, the amount of fuel required to fly those routes, the expected number of passengers, pilots’ schedules, maintenance costs, and fuel prices.

There is no one way to solve a problem, and analysts must weigh the costs and benefits of alternative solutions or approaches in their recommendations to managers.

Because problems are complex and often require expertise from many disciplines, most analysts work on teams. Once a manager reaches a final decision, these teams may work with others in the organization to ensure that the plan arrived at is successful.

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How To Become A Senior Supply Chain Analyst

Although applicants may need a master’s degree for most operations research positions, a bachelor’s degree is enough for some entry-level positions. Because few schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, analysts typically have degrees in other, related fields.

Education

Although some employers prefer to hire applicants with a master’s degree, many entry-level positions are available for those with a bachelor’s degree. Although some schools offer bachelor’s and advanced degree programs in operations research, some analysts have degrees in other technical or quantitative fields, such as engineering, computer science, analytics, or mathematics.

Because operations research is based on quantitative analysis, students need extensive coursework in mathematics. Courses include statistics, calculus, and linear algebra. Coursework in computer science is important because analysts rely on advanced statistical and database software to analyze and model data. Courses in other areas, such as engineering, economics, and political science, are useful because operations research is a multidisciplinary field with a wide variety of applications.

Continuing education is important for operations research analysts. Keeping up with advances in technology, software tools, and improved analytical methods is vital.

Other Experience

Many operations research analysts who work with the military are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Some positions may require applicants to undergo a background check in order to attain a security clearance. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Operations research analysts use a wide range of methods, such as forecasting, data mining, and statistical analysis, to examine and interpret data. They must determine the appropriate software packages and understand computer programming languages to design and develop new techniques and models.

Communication skills. Operations research analysts often present their data and conclusions to managers and other executives. They also need to communicate technical information to people without a technical background.

Critical-thinking skills. Operations research analysts must be able to figure out what information is relevant to their work. They also must be able to evaluate the costs and benefits of alternative solutions before making a recommendation.

Interpersonal skills. Operations research analysts typically work on teams. They also need to be able to convince managers and top executives to accept their recommendations.

Math skills. The models and methods used by operations research analysts are rooted in statistics, calculus, linear algebra, and other advanced mathematical disciplines.

Problem-solving skills. Operations research analysts need to be able to diagnose problems on the basis of information given to them by others. They then analyze relevant information to solve the problems.

Writing skills. Operations research analysts write memos, reports, and other documents explaining their findings and recommendations.

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Average Length of Employment
Supply Chain Lead 3.0 years
Inventory Analyst 2.9 years
Planning Analyst 2.8 years
Purchase Analyst 2.7 years
Supply Planner 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Buyer 5.8%
Internship 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.8%

Senior Supply Chain Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

64.1%

Female

32.7%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

72.7%

Asian

13.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.7%

Chinese

16.1%

French

9.7%

Mandarin

9.7%

Portuguese

3.2%

Vietnamese

3.2%

Czech

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Slovak

3.2%

Malayalam

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Korean

3.2%
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Senior Supply Chain Analyst Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

9.0%

Michigan State University

9.0%

University of Phoenix

8.0%

Arizona State University

7.0%

Northeastern University

7.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

Ohio University -

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

University of Wisconsin Extension

4.0%

Marquette University

4.0%

Baylor University

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

Purdue University

4.0%

University of Toledo

4.0%

Auburn University

4.0%

Syracuse University

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

Temple University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

41.1%

Supply Chain Management

15.3%

Finance

6.8%

Management

6.3%

Industrial Engineering

4.1%

Project Management

2.7%

International Business

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Economics

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Computer Science

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Management Science

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Operations Management

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Electrical Engineering

1.1%

Management Information Systems

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

41.6%

Bachelors

40.6%

Other

11.6%

Certificate

3.6%

Associate

1.9%

Doctorate

0.4%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Senior Supply Chain Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Supply Chain Analyst Pluto7 Consulting Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 20, 2016 $132,454
Senior Supply Chain Business Analyst Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. Novato, CA Dec 12, 2016 $130,000
Senior Oracle Solutions Supply Chain Analyst Links Technology Solutions Inc. Schaumburg, IL Oct 31, 2016 $130,000
SR. Analyst, Supply Chain C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 06, 2015 $125,445
Senior Supply Chain IT Analyst Cameron International Corporation Houston, TX Jun 22, 2015 $125,445
Senior Supply Chain IT Analyst Cameron International Corporation Houston, TX Jul 29, 2015 $125,445
SR. Supply Chain IT Analyst Cameron International Corporation Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $119,400
SR. Analyst-Supply Chain Analyst Seagate Us LLC Scotts Valley, CA Aug 02, 2016 $117,700
Senior Demantra/Advanced Supply Chain Analyst Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Sep 17, 2015 $116,771 -
$126,000
Senior SAP Supply Chain Systems Analyst Buckman Laboratories, Inc. Memphis, TN Oct 25, 2016 $115,000
SR. Operations and Supply Chain Analyst World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc. Maryland Heights, MO Apr 20, 2015 $115,000 -
$135,000
Senior Supply Chain Analyst Shutterfly, Inc. Fort Mill, SC Jan 25, 2016 $115,000
Oracle Senior Supply Chain Analyst Newpark Resources, Inc. Katy, TX Feb 06, 2016 $113,464
Oracle Senior Supply Chain Analyst Newpark Resources, Inc. Katy, TX Apr 13, 2016 $113,464
Senior Supply Chain Analyst Mattel HQ, Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 16, 2015 $100,000
Senior Supply Chain Analyst Mattel HQ, Inc. El Segundo, CA Aug 25, 2016 $100,000
SR Supply Chain Bus Analyst Polycom, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 29, 2016 $100,000 -
$130,000
SR. SAP Supply Chain Analyst Buckman Laboratories International, Inc. Memphis, TN Jan 26, 2016 $100,000
Senior Analyst Supply Chain Development Mattel HQ, Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 04, 2015 $100,000
Senior Analyst Supply Chain Development Mattel HQ, Inc. El Segundo, CA Aug 28, 2015 $100,000
Global Senior Supply Chain Analyst Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Towson, MD Jul 16, 2015 $96,283
SR. Oracle Supply Chain Analyst World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc. Maryland Heights, MO May 18, 2015 $96,000 -
$115,000
Senior Analyst, Supply Chain Finance Payless Shoesource Topeka, KS May 27, 2016 $77,724 -
$84,545
SR. Supply Chain Systems Analyst Dole Packaged Foods, LLC Westlake Village, CA Aug 24, 2016 $76,648 -
$89,024
Senior Supply Chain Analyst Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 03, 2016 $76,502 -
$101,500
Supply Chain Analyst-Senior Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Dec 22, 2016 $75,600 -
$97,500
Supply Chain Analyst-Senior Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Sep 08, 2016 $75,600 -
$97,500
Suppy Chain Analyst-Senior Cummins Filtration, Inc. Nashville, TN Aug 26, 2015 $75,600 -
$97,500
Supply Chain Analyst-Senior Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jul 24, 2015 $75,600 -
$97,500

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Top Skills for A Senior Supply Chain Analyst

LogisticsOn-TimeDeliverySupplyChainPurchaseOrdersProceduresCustomerServiceFinancialKeyPerformanceIndicatorsProcessImprovementERPSafetyStockLevelsSKUInventoryManagementRawMaterialCostSavingsOrderPlacementInventoryLevelsServiceLevelMRPDemandPlanning

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Top Senior Supply Chain Analyst Skills

  1. Logistics
  2. On-Time Delivery
  3. Supply Chain
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed strategic plan to increase visibility into tracking holiday shipment, thereby decreasing customer anxiety Promoted to this position from Logistics Manager
  • Compiled on-time delivery reporting for international and domestic inbound shipments.
  • Managed logistics, supply chain, and integrated logistics functions within a leading provider of services to the federal government.
  • Documented Disney Retail Stores internal processes for setting up vendors, items, purchase orders etc.
  • Selected to organize and develop procedures to enhance procurement functions and data governance.

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