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Supply Chain Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages the work involved with moving materials, including raw materials, finished products or data, in a cost effective way. Supervises logistics analysts who gather data on production, storage and transportation costs; looks for ways to streamline production and implement cost savings.

Job Outlook

There were 600 Supply Chain Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 16281 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Supply Chain Manager 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 $82,292.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $80,288.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Supply Chain Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $66,286.

Education and Experience

Posted Supply Chain Manager 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 Degree8%
Bachelor's Degree48%
Master's Degree32%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other12%

Posted Supply Chain Manager 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 years19%
3 to 5 years42%
6 to 8 years19%
9+ years20%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Supply Chain Manager 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.

  • Communication Skills (43%)
  • Planning (37%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (32%)
  • Problem Solving (28%)
  • Microsoft Excel (26%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Supply Chain Knowledge (73%)
  • Supply Chain Management (69%)
  • Logistics (39%)
  • Project Management (23%)
  • Procurement (21%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Budgeting (19%)
  • Scheduling (16%)
  • Purchasing (15%)
  • Customer Service (13%)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Supply Chain Strategy (7%)
  • Supply Chain Coordination (4%)
  • Supply Chain Planning (4%)
  • Strategic Sourcing (4%)
  • Supply Chain Solutions (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Customer Supply Chain Support
  • Area Manager - Floor
  • Customer Success Director
  • Walmart Warehouse Area 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 Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Walmart / Sam's (1010)
  • Deloitte (639)
  • Accenture (451)
  • Fastenal Company (353)
  • Amazon (324)

North Carolina

  • Walmart / Sam's (35)
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc (16)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (16)
  • Accenture (15)
  • XPO Logistics (15)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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