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Working As A Supply 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

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Supply 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 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 Planner Career Paths

Supply Planner
Demand Planner Demand Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Demand Planning Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Category Manager Merchandising Manager
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Material Manager Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Production Manager Logistics Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Planner Production Supervisor Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Planner Production Supervisor Material Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Planner Production Supervisor Quality Control Manager
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager Inventory Manager
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Supply Chain Specialist Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent All-Source Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Inventory Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Logistics Coordinator Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Demand Planning Manager
Plans And Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Specialist Planning Specialist Logistics Analyst
Logistics Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Planner 4.2 years
Planner/Buyer 4.0 years
Inventory Planner 3.7 years
Master Planner 3.7 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Business Planner 3.3 years
Supply Planner 3.0 years
Planner 2.9 years
Demand Planner 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Supply Planner
Buyer 9.7%
Planner 7.5%
Internship 6.4%
Top Careers After Supply Planner
Buyer 7.8%
Planner 6.6%
Volunteer 2.8%

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Supply Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

46.2%

Female

43.2%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

10.5%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.6%

French

18.3%

Mandarin

8.5%

Chinese

5.6%

German

5.6%

Cantonese

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%

Russian

4.2%

Italian

2.8%

Portuguese

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Georgian

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Armenian

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Thai

1.4%
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Supply Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Pennsylvania State University

11.6%

Michigan State University

7.9%

University of Northern Iowa

6.9%

Northeastern University

5.8%

Florida International University

4.8%

Northern Illinois University

4.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.8%

Duquesne University

4.2%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.7%

Marquette University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.2%

Elmhurst College

3.2%

San Jose State University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

Western Illinois University

3.2%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

2.6%

North Carolina State University

2.6%

DePaul University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

41.7%

Supply Chain Management

17.1%

Marketing

5.1%

Management

4.5%

Finance

4.0%

Industrial Engineering

3.7%

Accounting

3.6%

Operations Management

3.2%

Economics

2.2%

Project Management

1.8%

Political Science

1.7%

Communication

1.5%

International Business

1.4%

English

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Information Systems

1.2%

Sociology

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Electrical Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.9%

Masters

26.9%

Other

9.8%

Associate

4.7%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$78,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Supply Planner make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Supply Planner in the United States is $78,252 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Supply Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
US West Coast Supply Planner Chevron Corporation San Ramon, CA Jun 24, 2016 $144,800
Logistics Supply Planner Fitbit, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 19, 2015 $120,000
Senior Supply Planner Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 23, 2016 $114,650 -
$130,000
Supply Planner Google Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 23, 2015 $100,000
Supply Planner IV McCormick & Company, Inc. Bentonville, AR Mar 01, 2010 $100,000
Supply Planner Actavis, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 07, 2014 $97,954
Logistics Supply Planner Fitbit, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 23, 2014 $95,389 -
$120,000
Supply Planner Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 07, 2011 $95,000
Supply Planner Kraft Heinz Foods Company Northfield, IL Sep 28, 2015 $90,000
Supply Planner Kraft Heinz Foods Company Chicago, IL Feb 22, 2016 $90,000
Senior Supply Planner Logitech Inc. Newark, CA Aug 05, 2015 $86,751
Supply Planner, Manufactured Finished Goods Kwikset Corporation Lake Forest, CA Nov 21, 2014 $83,000 -
$93,000
Lead Supply Planner Lennox Industries, Inc. Richardson, TX Mar 19, 2014 $80,621 -
$108,000
Category Supply Planner Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare L.P. Warren, NJ Aug 29, 2016 $80,018 -
$151,250
Supply Planner, Manufactured Finished Goods Kwikset Corporation Lake Forest, CA Nov 21, 2011 $80,000 -
$90,000
Global Supply Planner Celanese Corporation Bishop, TX Jul 25, 2016 $80,000 -
$90,000
Senior Supply Planner Be Aerospace, Inc. Miami, FL Mar 05, 2012 $75,000
Supply Planner The Dannon Company, Inc. White Plains, NY Sep 01, 2012 $74,506 -
$75,190
Supply Planner Merial Select Inc. Duluth, GA Jul 20, 2015 $73,590 -
$122,265
Supply Planner Merial Select, Inc. Gainesville, GA Oct 01, 2013 $65,000 -
$75,000
Demand/Supply Planner Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Highland Heights, OH Sep 02, 2015 $63,000
Senior Supply Planner Boston Scientific Corporation Spencer, IN Nov 20, 2010 $62,000 -
$74,000
Category Supply Planner TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. Greensboro, NC Sep 21, 2013 $60,965 -
$108,700
Material/Supply Planner Motorola, Inc. Libertyville, IL Dec 07, 2009 $60,154 -
$87,400
Supply Planner Royal Appliance Mfg. Co. Charlotte, NC Dec 09, 2016 $60,000
Planner, Supply Fulfillment Callaway Golf Company Carlsbad, CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Supply Planner Merial Select, Inc. Gainesville, GA Dec 19, 2011 $60,000 -
$70,000

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Top Skills for A Supply Planner

  1. Supply Chain
  2. Inventory Levels
  3. Purchase Orders
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  • Initiated proactive crisis management strategies for unplanned supply chain events to minimize customer supply disruptions.
  • Managed finished product inventory levels and executed quality standards throughout the distribution network of 10 warehouses.
  • Collaborate with finance to resolve invoice discrepancies making corrections to purchase orders or correcting invoices with vendors as required.
  • Monitor and ensure all aspects of supply and deployment plans/actions to support optimum customer service levels and working capital inventory targets.
  • Key liaison between Manufacturing and other functional areas within organization including Marketing, Purchasing and Production Planning.

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