Career

Business Management and Operations

 

Supply Chain Director

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Directs supply chain functions including logistics, materials, purchasing, distribution and inventory management. Develops and implements strategies for improving these functions and oversees operations. Looks for ways to streamline production, purchasing, warehousing and distribution and implement cost savings

Job Outlook

There were 99 Supply Chain Director job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2984 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Supply Chain / Logistics Manager industry, which includes the Supply Chain Director career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Supply Chain Director jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $116,195.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $115,145.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Supply Chain Director postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $99,347.

Education and Experience

Posted Supply Chain Director jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2%
Bachelor's Degree46%
Master's Degree50%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other2%

Posted Supply Chain Director jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years1%
3 to 5 years19%
6 to 8 years21%
9+ years58%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Supply Chain Director positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Planning (56%)
  • Communication Skills (44%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (42%)
  • Problem Solving (30%)
  • Building Effective Relationships (21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Supply Chain Knowledge (95%)
  • Supply Chain Management (69%)
  • Logistics (48%)
  • Procurement (39%)
  • Budgeting (38%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Scheduling (19%)
  • Process Improvement (15%)
  • Cost Control (14%)
  • SAP (13%)
  • Six Sigma (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Supply Chain Coordination (7%)
  • Capacity Planning (6%)
  • Inventory Planning (6%)
  • Supplier Management (6%)
  • Global Procurement (6%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Distribution Strategies (1%) – marginal value $3,754
  • Global Procurement (6%) – marginal value $3,542
  • Logistics Strategies (2%) – marginal value $2,965

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Supply Chain Director skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director Of Supply Chain
  • Director, Supply Chain
  • Director, Supply Chain Risk Management & Esg
  • Director Supply Chain

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Supply Chain Director jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Hospital Corporation of America (114)
  • KPMG (96)
  • Accenture (65)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (38)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (31)

North Carolina

  • Accenture (6)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (5)
  • Raytheon (4)
  • XPO Logistics (3)
  • KPMG (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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