Supply Chain Managers

Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

Direct or coordinate production, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, or financial forecasting services or activities to limit costs and improve accuracy, customer service, or safety. Examine existing procedures or opportunities for streamlining activities to meet product distribution needs. Direct the movement, storage, or processing of inventory.

Salary at 10th Percentile: $51,770
Median Salary: $105,610
Salary at 90th Percentile: $176,800

Determine appropriate equipment and staffing levels to load, unload, move, or store materials.

Manage activities related to strategic or tactical purchasing, material requirements planning, controlling inventory, warehousing, or receiving.

Select transportation routes to maximize economy by combining shipments or consolidating warehousing and distribution.

Define performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of supply chain factors, such as product cost or quality.

Implement new or improved supply chain processes to improve efficiency or performance.

Develop procedures for coordination of supply chain management with other functional areas, such as sales, marketing, finance, production, or quality assurance.

Confer with supply chain planners to forecast demand or create supply plans that ensure availability of materials or products.

Analyze inventories to determine how to increase inventory turns, reduce waste, or optimize customer service.

Negotiate prices and terms with suppliers, vendors, or freight forwarders.

Analyze information about supplier performance or procurement program success.

Monitor suppliers' activities to assess performance in meeting quality or delivery requirements.

Design or implement supply chains that support business strategies adapted to changing market conditions, new business opportunities, or cost reduction strategies.

Meet with suppliers to discuss performance metrics, to provide performance feedback, or to discuss production forecasts or changes.

Monitor forecasts and quotas to identify changes and predict effects on supply chain activities.

Participate in the coordination of engineering changes, product line extensions, or new product launches to ensure orderly and timely transitions in material or production flow.

Identify or qualify new suppliers in collaboration with other departments, such as procurement, engineering, or quality assurance.

Design or implement plant warehousing strategies for production materials or finished products.

Design, implement, or oversee product take back or reverse logistics programs to ensure products are recycled, reused, or responsibly disposed.

Develop or implement procedures or systems to evaluate or select suppliers.

Document physical supply chain processes, such as workflows, cycle times, position responsibilities, or system flows.

Diagram supply chain models to help facilitate discussions with customers.

Evaluate and select information or other technology solutions to improve tracking and reporting of materials or products distribution, storage, or inventory.

Identify opportunities to reuse or recycle materials to minimize consumption of new materials, minimize waste, or to convert wastes to by-products.

Review or update supply chain practices in accordance with new or changing environmental policies, standards, regulations, or laws.

Design or implement supply chains that support environmental policies.

Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
Adexa Supply Chain Planning
Graphics or photo imaging software
Graphics software
Inventory management software
IBM ILOG Inventory Analyst
Calendar and scheduling software
Master scheduling software
Medical software
MEDITECH software
Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Access
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Microsoft Dynamics
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft Project
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Analytical or scientific software
Minitab
Procurement software
Purchasing software
Data base reporting software
SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Notebook computers
Laptop computers
Laser fax machine
Laser facsimile machines
Personal computers
Personal computers
Radio frequency scanners
Radio frequency identification RFID scanners
Transportation
87%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

Administration and Management
83%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

English Language
76%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Economics and Accounting
70%
Importance

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Customer and Personal Service
69%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Production and Processing
69%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Personnel and Human Resources
67%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Mathematics
62%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Computers and Electronics
54%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Sales and Marketing
51%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Reading Comprehension
75%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening
75%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking
75%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring
75%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination
75%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Judgment and Decision Making
75%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management
75%
Importance

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Writing
72%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking
72%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving
72%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Oral Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Written Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Oral Expression
75%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Expression
75%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Problem Sensitivity
72%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Deductive Reasoning
72%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
72%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Information Ordering
72%
Importance

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Category Flexibility
69%
Importance

The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Speech Clarity
69%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
86%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
85%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
85%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Developing and Building Teams
83%
Importance

Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Analyzing Data or Information
80%
Importance

Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
78%
Importance

Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

Getting Information
77%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
76%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Interacting With Computers
76%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
75%
Importance

Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Implement transportation changes to reduce environmental impact.

Document organizational or operational procedures.

Negotiate contracts for transportation, distribution, or logistics services.

Coordinate with external parties to exchange information.

Implement organizational process or policy changes.

Develop procedures to evaluate organizational activities.

Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures.

Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities.

Develop organizational goals or objectives.

Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.

Analyze data to assess operational or project effectiveness.

Manage operations, research, or logistics projects.

Develop organizational methods or procedures.

Evaluate environmental impact of operational or development activities.

Develop sustainable organizational policies or practices.

Evaluate quality of materials or products.

Identify opportunities for green initiatives.

Estimate labor requirements.

Estimate cost or material requirements.

Manage inventories of products or organizational resources.

Monitor performance of organizational members or partners.

Monitor external affairs or events affecting business operations.

Evaluate potential of products, technologies, or resources.

Telephone

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Electronic Mail

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Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Time Pressure

How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Responsibility for Outcomes and Results

How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Major
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Psychology, General
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Behavioral Neuroscience
Social Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
School Psychology
Educational Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Psychology, Other
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Public Administration
Social Sciences, General
Anthropology, General
Anthropology, Other
Archeology
Criminology
Economics, General
Applied Economics
Development Economics and International Development
International Economics
Economics, Other
Geography
Geography, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Sociology, General
Urban Studies/Affairs
Social Sciences, Other
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Tourism and Travel Services Management
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
History, General
American History (United States)
European History
Public/Applied History
History, Other
Enterprising

Score: 100 / 100

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Conventional

Score: 67 / 100

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Realistic

Score: 38 / 100

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Social

Score: 33 / 100

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Investigative

Score: 29 / 100

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Artistic

Score: 24 / 100

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Leadership
88%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Attention to Detail
87%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Integrity
87%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Cooperation
85%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Analytical Thinking
83%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Dependability
83%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Initiative
81%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Stress Tolerance
80%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Adaptability/Flexibility
78%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Persistence
77%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Independence
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Working Conditions
74%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Support
71%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Achievement
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Recognition
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Career
Transportation Managers
Purchasing Managers
Regulatory Affairs Managers
Regulatory Affairs Specialists
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
Cost Estimators
Customs Brokers
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
Insurance Sales Agents