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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

  • $67,953

    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

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Demand Planning Manager Material Manager Logistics Coordinator
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Supply Chain Director
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Demand Planning Manager Inventory Manager Logistics Manager
Global Logistics Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Planner 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 Manager Program Manager Deputy Director
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Manufacturing Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Planner Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Production Manager Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Supply Chain Specialist Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Supply Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

49.8%

Female

47.5%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

11.6%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

13.7%

Mandarin

13.7%

Chinese

7.8%

German

5.9%

Cantonese

5.9%

Russian

3.9%

Carrier

3.9%

Georgian

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Armenian

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Thai

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Supply Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

University of Northern Iowa

9.7%

Pennsylvania State University

9.7%

Michigan State University

8.9%

Northeastern University

6.5%

Western Illinois University

4.0%

Duquesne University

4.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.0%

Northern Illinois University

4.0%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

3.2%

Marquette University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

DePaul University

3.2%

Northeast Iowa Community College

3.2%

Ashford University

3.2%

Syracuse University

2.4%

San Jose State University

2.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2.4%
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Majors

Business

42.7%

Supply Chain Management

19.0%

Management

4.5%

Marketing

4.2%

Operations Management

3.8%

Finance

3.5%

Industrial Engineering

3.3%

Accounting

2.8%

International Business

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

Chemistry

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%

Human Resources Management

1.2%

Chemical Engineering

1.2%

Sociology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.7%

Masters

25.7%

Other

10.9%

Associate

5.3%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.5%
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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 IV McCormick & Company, Inc. Bentonville, AR Mar 01, 2010 $100,000
Supply Planner Google Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 23, 2015 $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
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
Supply Planner Royal Appliance Mfg. Co. Charlotte, NC Dec 09, 2016 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Supply Planner

  1. Supply Chain
  2. Inventory Levels
  3. Production Schedule
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  • Work on continuous improvement projects to streamline supply chain event management and communication, including corrective action to eliminate disruptions.
  • Prepared production schedules based on forecasts, current available inventory, desired finished goods inventory levels and production capacity constraints.
  • Assisted in prioritizing production schedules based on components deliveries.
  • Worked with Customer Service to proactively develop crises management strategies to resolve service issues regarding tactical inventory availability.
  • Planned and scheduled purchased parts for locomotive engines meeting demanding production line requirements with strict inventory reducing guidelines.

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