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Supply Chain Director

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Supply Chain Director 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 181 Supply Chain Director job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 5640 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 2015:

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 $164,542.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $163,269.

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 $133,268.

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 Degree1.63%
Bachelor's Degree78.3%
Master's Degree42.5%
Doctoral Degree1.9%
Other4.31%

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 years4.69%
3 to 5 years24.6%
6 to 8 years19.38%
9+ years51.34%

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.

  • Operations (61.47%)
  • Leadership (58.99%)
  • Management (54.7%)
  • Communication (40.71%)
  • Planning (39.88%)
  • Customer Service (23.81%)
  • Negotiation (20.02%)
  • Problem Solving (19.88%)
  • Influencing Skills (19.77%)
  • Sales (19.02%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Procurement (34.33%)
  • Supply Chain Management (37.17%)
  • Purchasing (28.92%)
  • Inventory Management (23.31%)
  • Supply Chain (96.22%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Finance (25.03%)
  • Materials Management (7.99%)
  • Performance Metric (5.58%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (19.6%)
  • Demand Planning (8.26%)
  • Accounting (8.59%)
  • Cost Reduction (7.61%)
  • Lean Manufacturing (8.43%)
  • Material Requirements Planning (8.12%)
  • SAP Applications (10.07%)
  • Project Management (22.58%)
  • Strategic Sourcing (8.3%)
  • Inventory Control (7.97%)
  • Production Planning (7.7%)
  • Supply Chain Acumen (11.35%)
  • Business Process (8.52%)
  • Third-Party Logistics (3.69%)
  • Warehousing (14.72%)
  • Process Improvement (15.34%)
  • Supply And Demand (7.68%)
  • Business Metrics (5.17%)
  • Supply Chain Strategy (14.84%)
  • Supplier Relationship Management (5.61%)
  • Supply Chain Planning (17.93%)
  • Business Operations (2.89%)
  • Change Management (7.95%)
  • Business Strategies (7.35%)
  • Operational Excellence (4.42%)
  • Risk Management (6.45%)
  • New Product Development (9.74%)
  • Strategic Procurement (3.07%)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (8.24%)
  • Continuous Improvement Process (17.11%)
  • Logistics (9.34%)
  • Product Management (2.93%)

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.

  • Supply Chain Management (100%)

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 of Supply Chain Operations
  • Director of Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Supply Chain Associate Director
  • Director of Global Supply Chain
  • Head of Supply Chain
  • Director of Supply Chain Planning
  • Global Supply Chain Planner
  • Supply Chain Analytics Manager

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

  • Johnson & Johnson (191)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (170)
  • HCA Healthcare (100)
  • Uline (99)
  • Alvarez & Marsal (96)
  • KPMG (62)
  • L3Harris Technologies (58)
  • Ryder (58)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (55)
  • Accenture (54)

North Carolina

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (9)
  • Premier (8)
  • Biogen (7)
  • Duke University (6)
  • Alvarez & Marsal (5)
  • Raytheon Technologies (4)
  • Wells Fargo (4)
  • Johnson & Johnson (4)
  • Resilience (3)
  • Sodexo (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!