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Working As A Supply Chain Analyst

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

  • $59,623

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Supply Chain Analyst Career Paths

Supply Chain Analyst
Procurement Agent Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Supply Chain Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Project Leader Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Demand Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Program Director Deputy Director
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Project Manager Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Product Manager Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Consultant Senior Consultant Product Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Program Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Technical Recruiter Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Planner Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Specialist Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Supply Chain Planner Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Specialist Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Planner/Buyer 3.8 years
Buying Analyst 3.5 years
Materials Planner 3.4 years
Inventory Planner 3.3 years
Supply Chain Lead 3.0 years
Inventory Analyst 2.9 years
Planning Analyst 2.8 years
Operations Analyst 2.7 years
Purchase Analyst 2.7 years
Supply Planner 2.6 years
Demand Planner 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Buyer 9.7%
Internship 8.7%
Analyst 3.6%
Top Employers After
Buyer 8.0%
Analyst 3.2%

Supply Chain Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

56.2%

Female

40.5%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

70.1%

Asian

15.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.7%

Mandarin

10.0%

Chinese

9.5%

French

7.9%

German

4.1%

Portuguese

3.8%

Japanese

3.5%

Italian

3.3%

Russian

3.0%

Cantonese

3.0%

Korean

2.7%

Carrier

2.7%

Hindi

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Arabic

1.4%

Urdu

1.1%

Romanian

0.8%

Telugu

0.5%

Marathi

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%
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Supply Chain Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.9%

Pennsylvania State University

10.4%

University of Houston

8.7%

Arizona State University

7.9%

Michigan State University

6.9%

Northeastern University

5.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.0%

Purdue University

4.1%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

Oklahoma State University

3.5%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Case Western Reserve University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.1%

North Carolina State University

3.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

2.9%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2.8%

Central Michigan University

2.8%

Webster University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

38.1%

Supply Chain Management

16.1%

Finance

5.5%

Industrial Engineering

5.1%

Management

5.0%

Accounting

3.8%

Marketing

3.7%

Economics

2.4%

Operations Management

2.4%

Project Management

2.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

International Business

1.7%

Political Science

1.7%

Computer Science

1.6%

Communication

1.5%

Information Technology

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.3%

Information Systems

1.2%

Management Science

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.4%

Masters

31.2%

Other

11.3%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.0%
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Real Supply Chain Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Supply Chain Project Analyst Bloomberg, LP New York, NY May 16, 2016 $150,000
Oracle Supply Chain Solutions System Analyst Links Technology Solutions Inc. Schaumburg, IL Oct 05, 2016 $134,000
IT Supply Chain Analyst Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, L.P. The Woodlands, TX Dec 28, 2016 $131,400 -
$142,900
Oracle Solutions Supply Chain Analyst Links Technology Solutions Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 16, 2015 $130,000
Oracle Supply Chain & OPM Analyst Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc. Lehi, UT Jun 29, 2016 $125,000
Oracle Supply Chain Analyst QSC Audio Products, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Apr 11, 2016 $122,077
Operations/Supply Chain Analyst Sofitron, Inc. Chicago, IL Jul 25, 2016 $120,000
GCM Supply Chain Analyst Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 30, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Supply Chain Analyst Flextronics International USA, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jan 15, 2016 $115,000
Oracle Supply Chain Analyst QSC Audio Products, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Jun 25, 2015 $115,000
Principal Baan Supply Chain Analyst Providence Consulting Group, Ltd. Rolling Meadows, IL Jun 20, 2016 $115,000
Principal Baan Supply Chain Analyst Providence Consulting Group, Ltd Angleton, TX Jul 10, 2016 $115,000
SAP Supply Chain (MM) Functional Analyst Hilmar Cheese Company Hilmar-Irwin, CA Aug 15, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
Supply Chain, Planning Support Analyst Shutterfly, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 01, 2015 $107,000
Supply Chain Analyst Leancor LLC Florence, KY Feb 10, 2015 $71,656
Supply Chain Analyst Leancor LLC Florence, KY Nov 19, 2015 $71,656
Supply Chain Planning Analyst Emser Tile, LLC Los Angeles, CA Feb 11, 2016 $71,614 -
$85,000
Supply Chain Analyst Magnadrive Corp Woodinville, WA Dec 02, 2016 $70,637
Supply Chain Analyst Litepoint Corporation, A Teradyne Company Sunnyvale, CA Mar 09, 2016 $70,500
Supply Chain Planning Analyst .02) Niagara Bottling, LLC Ontario, CA Feb 09, 2016 $70,350
Supply Chain Analyst Litepoint Corporation, A Teradyne Company Sunnyvale, CA Sep 11, 2015 $70,275
Supply Chain Management Analyst ZTB Corporation Irvine, CA Aug 15, 2015 $70,096
Supply Chain Analyst Continental Auto Parts Newark, NJ Jul 09, 2016 $59,592
Supply Chain Analyst II Nxstage Medical, Inc. Lawrence, MA Aug 24, 2016 $59,450
Supply Chain Systems Analyst & Coordinator Snap-On Incorporated Olive Branch, MS Sep 15, 2015 $59,093
Supply Chain Systems Analyst & Coordinator Snap-On Incorporated Crystal Lake, IL Sep 15, 2015 $59,093
Oracle Supply Chain Analyst World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc. Maryland Heights, MO Sep 01, 2015 $59,000 -
$65,000
Oracle Supply Chain Analyst World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc. Maryland Heights, MO Sep 02, 2015 $59,000 -
$75,000
Oracle Supply Chain Analyst World Wide Technology Holding Company, Inc. Maryland Heights, MO Sep 07, 2015 $59,000 -
$75,000
Supply Chain Analyst Citron Pharma, LLC East Brunswick, NJ Sep 01, 2015 $59,000

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Top Skills for A Supply Chain Analyst

SupplyChainOn-TimeDeliveryPurchaseOrdersLogisticsVendorsPartsInventoryLevelsCustomerServiceERPProcessImprovementRawMaterialsInventoryManagementSafetyStockCostSavingsKeyPerformanceIndicatorsServiceLevelMRPSKUChainManagementBusinessProcess

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Top Supply Chain Analyst Skills

  1. Supply Chain
  2. On-Time Delivery
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Contributed to the development of the Supply Chain strategic plan, and the annual operating plan.
  • Improved on-time delivery performance by monitoring and advising internal and external customers of material delays, production issues and delivery expectations.
  • Oversee issuance of all supplier and vendor purchase orders while investigating and resolving invoice and payment issues.
  • Based on the productivity improvements in the cost department, provided performance improvement recommendations for the logistics department.
  • Calculate pallet and freight costs to determine revenue allowances on all international shipments to a variety of vendors.

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