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Working As A Supply Chain Specialist

  • 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

  • $73,050

    Average Salary

What Does A Supply Chain Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Supply Chain Specialist
Supply Chain Planner Planning Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 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
Supply Chain Consultant Supply Chain Director
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Supply Chain Planner Supply Chain Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Senior Buyer Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Demand Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Consultant Program Manager Deputy Director
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Coordinator Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Coordinator Supply Chain Analyst
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Planner Senior Supply Chain Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Buyer 5.1 years
Purchasing Manager 4.6 years
Purchasing Buyer 4.2 years
Planner/Buyer 3.8 years
Buyer 3.8 years
Supply Manager 3.6 years
Buying Analyst 3.5 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Material Analyst 3.1 years
Supply Chain Lead 3.0 years
Purchase Analyst 2.7 years
Demand Planner 2.6 years
Supply Planner 2.6 years
Logistics Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Buyer 14.4%
Internship 5.1%
Top Employers After
Buyer 11.4%
Consultant 2.6%
Manager 2.5%

Supply Chain Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

54.7%

Female

42.6%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

75.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

10.6%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.3%

Chinese

9.8%

Mandarin

9.8%

French

7.8%

German

6.9%

Italian

4.9%

Russian

3.9%

Cantonese

3.9%

Carrier

3.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Korean

2.0%

Serbian

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Marathi

1.0%

Dakota

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Croatian

1.0%
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Supply Chain Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.3%

Arizona State University

6.9%

Michigan State University

6.1%

University of Houston

6.1%

Friends University

5.3%

Western Michigan University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.9%

Ashford University

4.5%

Wichita State University

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

Purdue University

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%

Wayne State University

2.8%

North Carolina State University

2.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

2.8%

Texas A&M University

2.8%

Strayer University

2.8%

Iowa State University

2.8%

Western Illinois University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

44.4%

Supply Chain Management

14.4%

Management

6.9%

Marketing

4.9%

Accounting

3.0%

Finance

2.9%

Communication

2.4%

Operations Management

2.3%

Economics

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

General Studies

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

International Business

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.3%

Masters

23.6%

Other

15.6%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.3%
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Real Supply Chain Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Oracle Senior Supply Chain Specialist Rheem Manufacturing Company Atlanta, GA Feb 28, 2016 $140,000 -
$155,000
Global Supply Chain Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 31, 2016 $138,000
Senior Oracle Supply Chain Implementation Specialist Ingersoll Rand Company Davidson, NC Dec 08, 2015 $131,445
Senior Oracle Supply Chain Application Specialist Guthy-Renker, LLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 31, 2016 $121,982
Supply Chain-Strategy and Operations Specialist Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 07, 2016 $120,000
Supply Chain Performance Professional Caterpillar Inc. Montgomery, IL Oct 15, 2015 $112,080 -
$168,120
Supply Chain Application Specialist Goya Foods, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 21, 2016 $107,000
Supply Chain Application Specialist Goya Foods, Inc. Prince George, VA Sep 15, 2015 $107,000
Supply Chain Application Specialist Goya Foods, Inc. Prince George, VA Feb 11, 2016 $107,000
Senior Oracle Supply Chain Application Specialist Guthy-Renker, LLC Santa Monica, CA Jan 29, 2015 $106,725
SR. Oracle Supply Chain Specialist BPO Systems Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Sep 22, 2016 $104,770 -
$114,770
Supply Chain Specialist Home Market Foods Norwood, MA Oct 13, 2016 $84,448
Supply Chain Management Specialist Daxwell, LLC Houston, TX Dec 21, 2015 $83,637
Supply Chain Management Specialist Daxwell, LLC Houston, TX Feb 05, 2016 $83,637
Staff Supply Chain Specialist Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 04, 2015 $83,211 -
$122,000
Supply Chain Professional Illinois Tool Works Inc. Hendersonville, TN Jan 02, 2016 $81,827 -
$92,000
Supply Chain Professional Illinois Tool Works Hendersonville, TN Jun 01, 2015 $80,000
Staff Supply Chain Specialist Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Austin, TX Jan 22, 2015 $78,800 -
$128,100
Supply Chain Management Specialist Subsea 7 (Us), LLC Houston, TX Nov 08, 2016 $75,421 -
$80,000
Engineer-Supply Chain Management Specialist Kohler Company Kohler, WI Aug 21, 2016 $64,400
Supply Chain Management Specialist Ross Recruiting, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 27, 2016 $62,400
Functional Excellence Specialist-Supply Chain Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 11, 2015 $62,000 -
$75,300
Functional Excellence Specialist-Supply Chain Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Nov 09, 2015 $62,000 -
$75,300
Functional Excellence Specialist Senior Supply Chain Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jan 09, 2015 $61,600 -
$84,700
Functional Excellence Specialist Senior Supply Chain Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 01, 2015 $61,600 -
$84,700
E-Commerce Supply Chain Specialist Global Courier Express, Inc. Baldwin Park, CA Mar 09, 2016 $61,567
Supply Chain Specialist 2 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Austin, TX Nov 14, 2016 $61,523 -
$89,400

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Top Skills for A Supply Chain Specialist

SupplyChainPurchaseOrdersSparePartsLogisticsProductionPlanningProceduresCustomerServiceInventoryLevelsRawMaterialsInventoryManagementSafetyMRPCostSavingsERPInventoryControlProcessImprovementChainManagementCorrectiveActionSKUCostReduction

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Top Supply Chain Specialist Skills

  1. Supply Chain
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Spare Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Spearheaded the supply chain effort for transition of freezer product lines from a Mexico facility back to Michigan plant.
  • Recognized by leadership for consistently exceeding expectations processing over 200 Purchase Orders/week.
  • Set up and organize spare parts crib for Advanced Technology Services outsource maintenance program with Eaton.
  • Contribute to logistics and transportation improvements and monitor freight spending in the North American region.
  • Coordinated with traffic, production planning and warehouse personnel to ensure appropriate routing, scheduling and storing of goods.

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