So you want to be a supply chain manager

Logistics and supply chain managers are the air traffic controllers of the global market and can give a company the advantage it needs to surge ahead of its competition.

If any part of the supply chain fails, then a business can find itself with a big problem.That's why good supply chain managers are such valued professionals.



What does a supply chain manager do?

A supply chain manager is responsible for managing and organizing the activities involved with the identification, acquisition, production and distribution of the goods that a company provides to its customers. Supply chain management typically begins with the acquisition of raw resources and ends with the delivery of the final goods to customers.

What skills do I need?

To be a supply chain manager you should have:

  • good planning and organisational skills
  • the ability to motivate and lead a team
  • good spoken and written communication skills
  • good problem-solving and maths skills
  • attention to detail
  • confidence in using computer packages such as spreadsheets and databases
  • the ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • good geographical knowledgeWhich qualifications do I need in order to become a supply chain manager?

With a degree, you may be able to start training with a larger employer on a graduate training scheme. These are structured programmes lasting from a few months to two years. During this time, you would have placements in several company departments, gradually taking on more responsibility and fast tracking yourself into a management position.

Alternatively, you could take on-the-job training and work your way up the career ladders. 

How much can I earn?

In New Zealand a supply chain manager can expect to earn anywhere between $80 – 120k, depending on experience and seniority. 

If you are interested in working in supply chain and logistics then get in touch with one of our expert consultants or check out our latest jobs.

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