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Become A Supply Specialist

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Working As A Supply 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

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Supply 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 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 Specialist Career Paths

Supply Specialist
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Manager Distribution Manager
Director Of Distribution
10 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Production Supervisor Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Warehouse Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Inventory Analyst Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Police Officer Training Officer
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Supply Sergeant Supply Technician Purchasing Agent
Procurement Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Technician Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Security Officer Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Product Manager Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Supply Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

56.1%

Female

41.7%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.5%

French

5.9%

German

4.6%

Turkish

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Chinese

2.6%

Swedish

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Korean

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Swahili

0.7%

Icelandic

0.7%

Romanian

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Danish

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%
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Supply Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.2%

Ashford University

10.4%

Central Texas College

8.8%

Liberty University

6.9%

American InterContinental University

6.2%

Kaplan University

5.7%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

Strayer University

5.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

3.0%

Columbia Southern University

2.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%

Trident Technical College

2.7%

Troy University

2.5%

Saint Leo University

2.5%

Arizona State University

2.1%

American University

2.1%

Grantham University

2.1%

Colorado Technical University

2.1%

Capella University

2.1%
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Majors

Business

33.1%

Criminal Justice

11.9%

Supply Chain Management

6.8%

General Studies

5.9%

Accounting

3.8%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

Management

3.6%

Nursing

3.4%

Psychology

3.2%

Education

2.9%

Human Resources Management

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Medical Assisting Services

2.5%

Computer Science

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Marketing

2.1%

Communication

1.9%

Political Science

1.9%

Social Work

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.3%

Other

29.7%

Associate

16.3%

Masters

11.6%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Real Supply Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Global Supply Specialist Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 28, 2015 $120,000 -
$135,000
Energy Supply Specialist, Growth Series PSEG Power, LLC Newark, NJ Jan 18, 2016 $84,000
Senior Commodity/Supplier Specialist EMC Corporation Franklin Town, MA Aug 11, 2014 $79,227 -
$79,650
Clinical Supplies Specialist Shire Human Genetic Therapies (SHGT) Inc. Lexington, MA Jul 10, 2016 $70,725
Merchandise/Contractor Supply Specialist United Rentals Inc. Denver, CO Nov 02, 2011 $50,000
Merchandise/Contractor Supply Specialist United Rentals, Inc. Denver, CO Nov 04, 2011 $50,000
Merchandise/Contractor Supply Specialist United Rentals Inc. Denver, CO Nov 04, 2011 $50,000
Technical Supply Specialist Kerry Inc. Beloit, WI Aug 31, 2014 $49,379
Purchasing and Supply Specialist Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 02, 2012 $47,590 -
$60,000
Supplier Improvement Specialist Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Oct 01, 2011 $43,700 -
$60,500

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Top Skills for A Supply Specialist

FinancialManagementProceduresPropertyAccountabilityLogisticalSupportInstallationPropertyBooksSafetyRegulationsPurchaseCardInstallationSuppliesSmallArmsOrganizationalMaintenanceInventoryControlCustomerServiceInventoryManagementSecurityAreasSensitiveItemsUnitLevelComputersMedicalSuppliesCombatZeroLossPbuseCommander

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Top Supply Specialist Skills

  1. Financial Management Procedures
  2. Property Accountability
  3. Logistical Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed inventory and financial management procedures, including ordering, receiving and storing supplies.
  • Provide technical advice on supply procedures, property accountability, receiving and storage of materials.
  • Provided logistical support to aviation activities including material planning, inventory management, warehouse management and material distribution.
  • Reviewed and annotated changes to unit material condition status report and maintained organizational/installation property books and supporting transaction files.
  • Followed all safety regulations and procedures for handling dangerous materials.

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