Working in the supply chain sector is an attractive option for a variety of reasons. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, it performed a critical function in the business world. Right now it is up there with the most important industries in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) places the role under the umbrella of logisticians, a group that is forecast to grow 4% between 2019 and 2029. This puts it on par with the job growth of the average profession and demonstrates its value and the opportunities it offers now and in the future.
If you are considering a career in this dynamic and exciting sector, you’re in the right place. This article will explore some of the job functions within the supply chain and who they might suit. We’ll look at some of the skills you will need so you can find the perfect supply chain job to suit your skills and interests.
So, grab a drink of your choice, and prepare to find out which supply chain jobs would suit you.
What supply chain careers are available in the US?
Both the procurement and supply chain sectors offer a wide variety of career options and some excellent opportunities for progression. Here are a few of the most popular supply chain positions available with a brief description of what’s involved.
Supply chain manager
As the name suggests, the supply chain manager oversees the products’ entire logistical journey. They also help develop and optimize the overall strategy, source new materials, maintain client relationships, manage shipping and warehousing, and control costs. They are one of the go-to people for contract negotiations.
Supply chain analyst
The supply chain analyst is responsible for optimizing the supply chain processes and strategy. They’re the people who identify opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings. They streamline processes and workflows and play an important role in negotiating the top prices with vendors.
Supply chain strategist
Supply chain strategists are all about data. They play a key role in optimizing the supply chain strategy through continual data analysis. This includes using channel insights and financial information as well as auditing and monitoring operational activities.
This role is also known as VP of logistics or director of logistics. These are the folks that ensure the company’s goods get from A to B, on time and in perfect condition. They constantly seek out efficiencies in the supply chain and drive costs down wherever possible. They keep a close eye on the company inventory and are likely to be involved with transportation processes and maintaining relationships with shipping carriers.
In many firms, there will be some crossover between the distribution manager and the logistics manager. The distribution manager is very much focused on the company’s storage and ensuring products are distributed efficiently. They are in charge of making sure warehousing runs smoothly and that the right policies and procedures are in place.
This role is focused on making sure the business maintains the right stock levels. The demand planner does this by using data to anticipate future requirements and ensuring inventory is tracked effectively across all locations. They make sure waste is minimized and storage is maximized.
Quality Assurance Manager
The quality assurance manager leads a team that oversees product testing and develops processes for ensuring quality checks and processes are in place and are optimized. They also set up the criteria for quality inspections for each product or group of products. They work closely with relevant colleagues to monitor customer and client feedback and arrange for necessary improvements or adjustments.
Import and export specialists are the experts on customs and duties. They make sure the goods clear customs quickly and without incurring additional charges or fines. They manage all the paperwork and processes for cross-border logistics and oversee shipment tracking.
Purchasing agent or buyer
Another supply chain role that does what it says on the tin. The purchasing agent or buyer is responsible for researching and evaluating products to ascertain the best options for the business. They will then arrange the purchase of the products and work alongside other procurement team members to negotiate contracts and price points.
We hope the above information has helped you in your journey to finding the right supply chain job to suit you. This list is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many other job roles available in procurement and supply chain and as the sector becomes more digitized, many more will open up.
If you are thinking of starting a career in procurement and supply chain or you have a more senior role in your sights, talk to the friendly team here at Bramwith. We are more than happy to discuss your options and help you explore some of the opportunities we have available.
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