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Our Top Three Supply Chain & Logistics Jobs for the Next Year

Today’s supply chain teams are seeking workers with elevated tech skills to help them prepare for more change and growth. These are the three roles in highest demand right now,

The pandemic caused massive shifts in supply chain and logistics, and businesses have made shifts of their own to keep up and evolve. Today’s supply chain teams are seeking workers with elevated tech skills to help them prepare for more change and growth.

 

In a recent survey, 66% of Operations Managers said their company has started backfilling roles lost during the pandemic. Based on our knowledge of the national supply chain and logistics job market, these are the three roles in highest demand right now, along with the expectations and salary data for those roles.

 

Warehouse Manager

Warehouse Management is a mid-career position that oversees production workers, machine operators, forklift operators, drivers, loaders, handlers, and other warehouse staff. They report directly to the director of warehouse operations, who’s under the vice president of warehouse operations. This role often advances to Logistics Director, Director of Warehouse Operations, Vice President of Warehouse Operations, Chief Supply Chain Officer and Chief Logistics Officer.

 

Education Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree in logistics, business, or supply chain management
  • Driver’s license
  • OSHA forklift certification
  • 5+ years of related warehouse experience

 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Supervise all daily activities in a warehouse while working to maximize efficiency and minimize staff overtime
  • Ensure effective, safe operations by implementing procedures and policies
  • Analyze logistics data to increase productivity and aid in loss prevention
  • Oversee receiving, warehousing and distribution operations
  • Implement operational policies and procedures
  • Implement and oversee security operations

Base Salary by Experience: 0-2 years: $59,776, 3-10 years: $79,148, 10+ years: $101,633

 

Procurement Manager

A Procurement Manager sources products and services for a company. Their day includes meetings with superiors, like the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Generally, supervisors task Procurement Managers with finding suppliers that meet demands at the right price.

 

In larger companies, a Procurement Manager may oversee a small team of buyers. In smaller companies, the Procurement Manager job description will likely include both strategy and purchasing.

 

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or a similar field
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience as a buyer

 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Meet with supervisors and department heads to understand the needs across the company
  • Forecast needs and supplies
  • Create the company’s buying strategy
  • Review requests for proposals (RFPs)
  • Review and negotiate contracts with vendors and suppliers
  • Delegate tasks to the procurement team (at a larger company)
  • Train new employees and support team members as necessary (at a larger company)

Base Salary by Experience: 0-2 years: $87,008, 3-10 years: $94,590, 10+ years: $107,136

 

Supply Chain Analyst

An organization’s supply chain needs to run smoothly and efficiently to ensure a profit, making the supply chain analyst an essential role. Depending on the size and type of organization, they typically report to a manager or director of supply chain management and may sometimes report directly to a general manager.

 

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, operations, logistics, or a similar field
  • Prior project management experience
  • Supply chain management certification is preferred

 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Be the contact point for many large purchases made from outside of the company for projects
  • Plan and carry out large-scale projects
  • Assess a company’s processes and inventory, then use that data to improve efficiency and reduce costs
  • Monitor and collect data on current operations, including scheduling, sourcing, warehousing, production, and delivery
  • Gather data on each step within the supply chain, using it to recommend changes to reduce costs
  • Research partner companies and seek to negotiate best-price contracts to increase business revenue

Base Salary by Experience: 0-2 years: $60,263, 3-10 years: $76,087, 10+ years: $100,050

 

Want additional insights to help you advance your supply chain and logistics career? Download our 2022 Supply Chain & Logistics Career Guide now.

 

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