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Working As A Supply Chain Planner

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Make Decisions

  • $75,910

    Average Salary

What Does A Supply Chain Planner Do

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.

Duties

Logisticians typically do the following:

  • Manage the logistical aspects of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Understand clients’ needs and know how to meet them
  • Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods
  • Review logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
  • Propose improvements to management and customers

Logisticians oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel.

Logisticians use software systems to plan and track the movement of products. They operate software programs designed specifically to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

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How To Become A Supply Chain Planner

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. Industry certification and work experience in a related field is helpful for jobseekers.

Education

Logisticians may qualify for some positions with an associate’s degree. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). To become certified, a logistician typically needs to have a certain amount of education and work experience and to pass an exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Prospective logisticians can benefit from previous work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Others gain work experience while serving in the military. Experience allows a worker to learn about products and supply chain processes. Some employers allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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Supply Chain Planner Career Paths

Supply Chain Planner
Supply Planner Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Lead Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Lead Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Demand Planning Manager Supply Chain Director
Global Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Planner/Scheduler Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Planner Planning Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Senior Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Planner/Scheduler Master Scheduler Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Supply Chain Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Demand Planning Manager Material Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Supply Chain Analyst Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Planner/Buyer 3.8 years
Senior Planner 3.8 years
Materials Planner 3.4 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Inventory Planner 3.3 years
Business Planner 3.3 years
Product Planner 3.3 years
Supply Chain Lead 3.0 years
Planner 2.9 years
Demand Planner 2.6 years
Supply Planner 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Buyer 8.7%
Internship 4.4%
Planner 4.0%
Top Employers After
Buyer 3.9%
Planner 3.4%

Supply Chain Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

52.3%

Female

44.3%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

72.9%

Asian

13.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.4%

Chinese

12.2%

Mandarin

12.2%

French

9.5%

Portuguese

6.8%

Cantonese

6.8%

Korean

5.4%

Italian

2.7%

Swedish

1.4%

Bulgarian

1.4%

Hungarian

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Wolof

1.4%

Albanian

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

German

1.4%

Fuzhou

1.4%
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Supply Chain Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Michigan State University

12.0%

Pennsylvania State University

8.2%

Western Michigan University

7.1%

Arizona State University

6.5%

San Jose State University

4.9%

Case Western Reserve University

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

Purdue University

3.8%

Central Michigan University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

3.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Portland State University

3.3%

University of Houston

3.3%

Northern Illinois University

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%

Syracuse University

2.7%

University of Cincinnati

2.7%
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Majors

Business

39.9%

Supply Chain Management

15.2%

Management

5.9%

Industrial Engineering

5.0%

Marketing

4.5%

Finance

3.9%

Operations Management

3.6%

Accounting

3.4%

Economics

2.7%

Project Management

2.7%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Biology

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Communication

1.4%

International Business

1.3%

Chemistry

1.1%

Psychology

1.1%

Information Systems

1.1%

Computer Science

1.0%

Education

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.2%

Masters

28.2%

Other

10.8%

Associate

5.2%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Supply Chain Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 15, 2015 $139,261
Supply Chain Planner (Senior Supply Planner) Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 17, 2016 $135,000 -
$155,000
Senior Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 17, 2015 $135,000
Biotech Global Supply Chain-Long Term Planner Bayer Healthcare LLC Berkeley, CA Jan 05, 2015 $131,934
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 25, 2016 $130,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 22, 2016 $130,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 17, 2016 $130,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 18, 2016 $130,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 26, 2016 $130,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 15, 2016 $130,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 09, 2015 $128,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 06, 2016 $128,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 12, 2015 $128,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 03, 2015 $128,000
Customer Supply Chain Planner Logitech Inc. Newark, CA Dec 09, 2016 $110,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 08, 2016 $109,400
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 09, 2016 $109,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 08, 2016 $109,000
Principal Supply Chain Planner Medtronic, Inc. Memphis, TN Dec 22, 2016 $100,000
Supply Chain Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 09, 2015 $97,460
Supply Chain Planner III BASF Corporation Southfield, MI Sep 13, 2016 $95,018
Associate Supply Chain Planner Integrated Resources, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 09, 2015 $93,915
Supply Chain Planner Conexant Systems, Inc. Irvine, CA Mar 12, 2015 $75,000
Supply Chain Planner Biogen, Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 05, 2016 $74,000 -
$77,000
Global Supply Chain Planner Hasbro Managerial Services LLC Providence, RI Aug 02, 2016 $73,500
Supply Chain Planner Solvay USA Inc. Princeton, NJ Dec 22, 2016 $72,030
Supply Chain Planner Cummins Inc. Whitakers, NC Oct 14, 2016 $70,699 -
$75,300
Supply Chain Planner Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Aug 03, 2016 $70,400 -
$84,800
Supply Chain Planner Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Mar 08, 2016 $70,400 -
$84,800
Supply Chain Planner-Senior Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Jan 11, 2016 $68,848 -
$81,600

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Top Skills for A Supply Chain Planner

SupplyChainInventoryLevelsPurchaseOrdersRawMaterialsCustomerServiceProductionScheduleProductionPlanningLogisticsSKUMRPSafetyStockLevelsServiceLevelsChainPlanningOPProductLinesInventoryManagementERPProceduresKeyPerformanceIndicatorsProcessImprovement

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Top Supply Chain Planner Skills

  1. Supply Chain
  2. Inventory Levels
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conveyed action item updates, over/under production and deployment decisions to the supply chain teams.
  • Key Responsibilities: - Responsible for maintaining proper full goods inventory levels for assigned areas utilizing SAP planning modules.
  • Obtained requirement management signatures prior to placing purchase orders greater than $10K.
  • Procured raw materials from vendors and procured batteries from the production plant facilities for the packaging plant.
  • Provided Leadership in Business Unit towards Customer Service and Supply Chain goals providing constant priority visibility and influencing material flow methodologies.

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