A Supply Chain Planner, also referred to as a Supply Planner, is a role responsible for predicting through research, experience, and study how much of a product a company should stock at any point in time.
In order to craft a stocking and a supply strategy, a Planner must assess the financial capabilities and the inventory and storage capacity of their company. They often must track inventory space across a number of locations and have knowledge in terms of their industry and market, and additionally must aid in the creation of certain company policies and procedures and the improvement of the organization's supply chain and storage. They may conduct financial, and quality audits on a regular basis and must be able to build business relationships and networks with vendors, drivers, and suppliers.
A person seeking work in this role generally needs to have Bachelor's degree in a subject such as Business Management or Logistics and should have at least a few years of experience working in a role somehow involved in supply chain management. Strong mathematical and analytical skills are also necessary. On average, a Supply Chain Planner earns $30.9 per hour.