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Working As A Supply Chain Consultant

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

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Supply Chain Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Consultant Career Paths

Supply Chain Consultant
Supply Chain Director President Of Operations Senior Consultant
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Lead Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Sourcing
13 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Lead Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Director
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Project Manager Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Project Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Supply Chain Management President Of Operations Managing Director
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Director Senior Director Vice President
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Supply Chain Lead 3.0 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.5%
Internship 4.1%
Manager 3.3%
Buyer 3.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.0%
Director 3.2%
Manager 3.0%

Supply Chain Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

74.5%

Female

22.0%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

70.5%

Asian

16.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.6%

Mandarin

9.6%

French

9.6%

German

9.6%

Chinese

7.8%

Portuguese

5.2%

Korean

4.3%

Italian

4.3%

Carrier

3.5%

Hindi

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Cherokee

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Swedish

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Bambara

0.9%

Thai

0.9%
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Supply Chain Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.4%

Michigan State University

10.0%

Pennsylvania State University

9.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

8.7%

Arizona State University

7.4%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.9%

Central Michigan University

3.9%

Syracuse University

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.5%

Cornell University

3.5%

Northern Illinois University

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

Wayne State University

3.0%

University of Washington

3.0%

Webster University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

35.0%

Supply Chain Management

16.8%

Finance

8.1%

Industrial Engineering

6.8%

Management

4.7%

Operations Management

3.2%

Marketing

3.2%

Accounting

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Computer Science

2.3%

Project Management

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Political Science

1.6%

Information Technology

1.6%

International Business

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Engineering

1.4%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Psychology

1.2%

Industrial Technology

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

45.1%

Bachelors

36.4%

Other

10.5%

Associate

2.5%

Certificate

2.3%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Real Supply Chain Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Supply Chain Senior Consultant/Supply Chain Manager MGS Consulting Corporation Piscataway, NJ Dec 20, 2016 $150,000
SAP Supply Chain Management Consultant Accenture LLP Bridgewater, NJ Oct 19, 2015 $136,700
SAP Supply Chain Management Consultant Accenture LLP New York, NY Oct 19, 2015 $136,700
Consultant, Apps Design & Development-Supply Chain Solutions Carefusion Resources, LLC San Diego, CA May 25, 2015 $121,733
Oracle Supply Chain Consultant Global Applications Solution LLC New York, NY Aug 06, 2016 $120,224
Supply Chain Management Consultant Riverwood Solutions Inc. Plano, TX Jan 27, 2016 $118,373
Consultant, Apps Design & Development-Supply Chain Solutions Carefusion Resources, LLC San Diego, CA Jan 12, 2016 $116,308
Supply Chain Consultant Dell USA L.P. Round Rock, TX May 11, 2015 $115,140
Supply Chain Analytics Consultant General Mills, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Oct 11, 2016 $114,192 -
$139,000
Consultant, Apps Design & Development-Supply Chain Solutions Carefusion Resources, LLC San Diego, CA Jan 04, 2016 $113,750
Oracle Supply Chain Consultant Global Applications Solution LLC New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $110,000
Supply Chain Management Consultant Dell Products L.P. Round Rock, TX Aug 08, 2016 $108,772
Supply Chain Consultant Dell Products L.P. Round Rock, TX Jul 01, 2015 $97,000
Supply Chain Analytics Consultant General Mills, Inc. Minneapolis, MN May 07, 2016 $96,637 -
$106,000
Consultant, Supply Chain Support Optimization Office Depot, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Jan 15, 2015 $95,000
Supply Chain Management Consultant End To End Analytics, LLC Palo Alto, CA May 11, 2015 $93,475 -
$117,187
SAP Supply Chain Consultant Raynet Americas Inc. Rochester Hills, MI Sep 04, 2015 $92,000
Supply Chain Consultant SCA Technologies LLC Pittsburgh, PA Sep 17, 2016 $91,000
SR Supply Chain Design Consultant Llamasoft, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Jan 07, 2016 $90,000
Supply Chain Analytics Consultant General Mills, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jan 08, 2016 $90,000 -
$110,000
SAP Supply Chain-OTC Functional Consultant Genesis Software Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 24, 2015 $81,869
Supply Chain Consultant MGS Consulting Corporation Saint Louis, MO Feb 25, 2016 $81,120 -
$96,000
Supply Chain Management Consultant IBM India Private Limited Oklahoma City, OK Jun 03, 2015 $80,895
Consultant-Supply Chain Consulting Practice Nuvizz, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 22, 2016 $80,000
Oracle Technical Supply Chain Consultant Idexcel, Inc. Rensselaer, NY Nov 07, 2016 $80,000
Consultant, Strategy & Operations, Supply Chain & Mftg OPS Deloitte Consulting LLP Chicago, IL Oct 16, 2015 $78,000 -
$136,000

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Top Skills for A Supply Chain Consultant

SupplyChainLogisticsChainStrategyBusinessProcessERPProceduresProcessImprovementFinancialChainManagementOrderManagementModulesProjectManagementCostReductionComplianceChainConsultantPurchaseMRPBusinessRequirementsSigmaDemandPlanning

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Top Supply Chain Consultant Skills

  1. Supply Chain
  2. Logistics
  3. Chain Strategy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assessed and identified Document Control flaws and Supply Chain deficiencies; sanitized/restructured Bill of Materials documentation.
  • Conducted, determined, and documented functional requirements for operational, systems, and technical logistics information architectures.
  • Recruited into this Big 5 consulting company as a cross industry Senior Consultant in the Supply Chain Strategy Practice.
  • Project leader for the Supply Planning Business process for the Demand/Supply planning (Sales and Operations Planning) implementation project.
  • Served as Technical and ERP SME for Steering Committee.

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