How To Successfully Make A Career Change Into Supply Chain (2022)

Deciding what you want to do with your life can be overwhelming, especially when that decision is made early in your career. In fact, an astounding majority of people don’t find their calling right away and trends are showing people are no longer working for one company their whole career — the average person changes jobs an average of 12 times during his or her career.

But making that switch can be daunting and confusing. There are so many options, and the wrong move can set you back in your career and in your finances.

However, switching to supply chain can be a great option. The field is broad enough to be a fit for people with a variety of technical and soft skills. It's also a growing industry, with millions of new employees being added to the workforce.

If you need a little inspiration for your transition, look no further than our 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars. Some of these young professionals shifted to supply chain from other industries, and they've already established themselves as leaders in the field. We spoke with a few of these professionals to get their advice.

Here's who we chatted with:

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How To Successfully Make A Career Change Into Supply Chain (1)Peter Lafave (PL) of Anthem made the switch from a political career to supply chain.
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Teddy Lee Knox (TK)of Zipline Logistics made the switch from marketing/sales to supply chain.

How To Successfully Make A Career Change Into Supply Chain (3)Abhishek Dahiya (AD) of Google made the switch from engineering to procurement.
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Subhash Segireddy (SS) of Cisco made the switch from engineering to supply chain and business strategy.

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Sara Robichaux (SR) of Apache Corporation made the switch from accounting to supply chain.

Inspiration For A Career Switch Might Be Closer Than You Think

SR: I originally worked at an accounting firm and I really enjoyed the analytical and client interface side of being an accountant, but I was looking for a change. I began researching for a job that had an analytical background but also had client interaction. It wasn’t until I spoke with my mother-in-law who worked in supply chain that I got some clarity in my career path. She wasn’t a supply chain major but was able to transition into a supply chain career when she was around my age. She mentioned how her career was able to grow and told me that there were many different career paths that stemmed from supply chain. That’s when I knew I wanted to focus on finding a supply chain job.

TK: To tell you the truth, I fell into supply chain while I was working in sales at my current company. I went into a marketing career after college and I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. I liked working with people so I thought I should try sales. That’s when I saw an opportunity to work at Zipline Logistics. Luckily they had a great training program at the company so I was able to learn about logistics along the way. Then I ended up going away from sales and started working on the operation side of things the further I got into my career. I loved it so much because I’m able to work with people on a day-to-day basis. It was 100% what I was looking for.

Skills From Previous Jobs Can Pave The Way To A Supply Chain Career

SR: I always joke that accounting “haunts” me, but in a beneficial way. Working in accounting was very analytical, detail-oriented and client-facing, and it’s helped me in my sourcing role. When it comes to sourcing, it’s important to understand how the company works financially and operationally, and my analytical and detail-oriented skills from accounting were able to help me. Working with clients in accounting also helped me with my communication skills, which help me excel in my current role.

PL: My previous job was on a political campaign in New Jersey, and I was tasked to build coalitions and organize voter blocs for a U.S. Senate campaign. This involved both relationship building and data analysis. In order to succeed, I had to understand and empathize with diverse personality types while sorting and analyzing vast voter databases quickly and efficiently. These experiences carried over into my current role as a Strategic Sourcing Consultant, where I partner with internal stakeholders and vendors and utilize the vast spend data and trends at hand.

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The Switch From Engineering To Supply Chain As A Natural Fit

AD: I was originally focused on engineering, and the striking similarities between supply chain and engineering really interested me. Engineering and supply chain are very similar in their basics and approach. Both fields try to optimize systems to remove redundancies, improve performance and save time, which requires problem solving. The mere difference lies in the scope, scale and systems used. The aptitude and the problem solving skills were essential. As a computer science, engineering graduate, I could correlate and use the aptitude and problem solving skills I gained in my engineering job in my new supply chain job.

SS: As an engineer, transitioning into supply chain was natural. I didn’t even realize I was making a move while I was working. Being an engineer, I can understand and pick up certain supply chain skills faster, such as data analytics and my math and computer science skills helped me stay ahead of the game.

Education And A Strong Professional Support System Can Help You Overcome The Learning Curve

TK: My company, Zipline Logistics, was able to help me make the switch from sales to logistics. My skill setallowed me to thrive on the logistics aspects of my sales job such as retaining and growing my clients. My company noticed these skill sets in me and they were eager to help me make that move towards a logistics role through their in-house training program.

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PL: Prior to my supply chain career, I worked on a political campaign in New Jersey. There was an initial learning curve around the technical aspects of the job since I had no previous training or experience in supply chain. There were certain technical terms and acronyms such as RFP, SOW, MSA, BATNA that were new to me. Thankfully, I had a lot of support from my manager and team that allowed me to learn the technical aspects of the industry and I was brought up to speed quickly.

Choosing A Supply Chain Career Path Will Prepare You To Work With Your Whole Organization

SR: The most surprising aspect of working in supply chain is how interconnected the role is to so many different departments. In my current role, I have the opportunity to work with our technical, operational teams (completions, drilling, production), IT, accounting, treasury, etc.

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SS: If I stayed in engineering, I would not have interacted with as many people. There is so much interaction you get to have in supply chain and people skills are extremely important. It was surprising to learn how important communication skills were in my role. You have to be very communicative and influential to succeed in the field. Not just communicating with people within my company but with partners, suppliers and customers.

PL: Working in supply chain gives you a unique bird’s-eye view that I have of the entire business operation. Understanding the current state of the company’s primary suppliers and their functions, allows you a basic, big picture view of the business strategy, requirements and areas of improvement.

Advice To Future Supply Chain Professionals

AD: To succeed in supply chain, you must have patience, humility, and respect. Patience to accept that you do not always have the right answer. Humility to learn something from everyone and respect for the difference in cultures and people around the world. Mentorship is key when making the career switch.

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SR: Do a lot of research before you make a career switch. Supply chain is definitely a career that most people don’t understand and it’s looked at in a very traditional manner but I was able to do my own research on the field to get a better understanding of it.

TK: My advice is to not doubt yourself if you don’t have a supply chain degree. People get caught up in the degree and where you go from there. They think they need to go to grad school or pick traditional roles, but that isn’t always the case. I think it would be helpful to discover different industries they can apply their major to, including supply chain. It’s a little different, but that’s what makes it more fun.

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Every month, Thomas recognizes a young professional (born between 1981 and 1996) who is making a difference in the industry with the NextGen for Industry Award. Manufacturing awards are a great way to get your company and loyal employees industry recognition. If any of the above professionals reminded you of someone you'd like to nominate, let us know here!

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FAQs

What are the five 5 reason that makes you want to work in supply chain management areas? ›

Detailed below are 10 excellent reasons to pursue a career in logistics and supply chain management.
  • Job growth. ...
  • High pay. ...
  • Relatively low barrier to entry. ...
  • Opportunities for advancement. ...
  • International travel. ...
  • Local job availability. ...
  • Industry options. ...
  • Abundant internship opportunities.
27 May 2021

How do you transition to supply chain management? ›

A business degree with a supply chain focus will serve you well. You can't go wrong with finance either. A common route into supply chain management is a bachelor's degree in supply chain management, logistics, or international transport.

What other ideas do you have for making your supply chain more successful? ›

7 STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE SUPPLY CHAIN
  • OPTIMIZE COMPANY-OWNED INVENTORY. Check the quantity of the company-owned inventory. ...
  • IMPROVE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK. ...
  • MAKE A SUPPLY CHAIN COUNCIL. ...
  • EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY. ...
  • BUILD HEALTHY SUPPLIER RELATIONSHIPS. ...
  • REVIEW PROCEDURES REGULARLY. ...
  • ESTABLISH GREEN INITIATIVES.

Why do you want to be in supply chain? ›

Supply Chain Builds Your Skills And Take Them In Any Direction. "Procurement and supply chain are fantastic fields to evaluate opportunities and come up with strategies on how to execute new initiatives. In many ways, procurement is a great environment to practice and hone entrepreneurial skills.

What specific skills do you have that qualify you to be a successful supply chain team member? ›

As with any job, there are various skills supply chain professionals need to succeed in their chosen field. Here are the five each leader must possess.
  • Good communication skills. Good communication skills are important in many lines of work. ...
  • A strong sense of ethics. ...
  • Commitment to quality. ...
  • Time management. ...
  • Tech knowledge.
27 Aug 2021

How do I create a career in supply chain? ›

How to start a supply chain management career
  1. Decide what aspect of supply chain management you are interested in. ...
  2. Choose an industry. ...
  3. Gain a degree in a relevant discipline. ...
  4. Start networking now. ...
  5. Apply for internships.
19 Aug 2021

What key steps should companies take to achieve the greatest benefits from supply chains? ›

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  • Step 1: Planning. Planning is the first step in every supply chain management process. ...
  • Step 2: Sources. Identifying the most reliable raw material suppliers is the key step in establishing an efficient production process. ...
  • Step 3: Execution. This is a crucial step that shapes the existing plans.
20 Nov 2019

What is the career path in supply chain? ›

Supply chain management is an umbrella term that includes many different positions. Patel says a typical path includes beginning as an expeditor then advancing to become a buyer and moving upward from there. Other job titles include operations analyst, loading operator, sales, production manager and logistician.

Is supply chain management a good career path? ›

Supply chain work is rewarding.

Industry professionals love what they do. In fact, on a scale from 1 to 10, 88% have a positive outlook on their careers and would recommend supply chain as a rewarding professional path to others. In addition, 45% of industry professionals enjoy four weeks or more paid time off.

How do I progress my career in procurement? ›

9 top tips to keep your procurement career on track
  1. Find a mentor. ...
  2. Study toward a CIPS qualification. ...
  3. Attend industry events. ...
  4. Read industry publications. ...
  5. Make the most of social media. ...
  6. Develop your skill set. ...
  7. Prove value add in your appraisals. ...
  8. Strive to be an award winning procurement professional.
7 Nov 2016

What are the five measures of supply chain performance? ›

These are the five key metrics you should track to optimize your supply chain operation:
  • Perfect Order Index. The perfect order index measures the error-free rate of the entire supply chain process. ...
  • Cash-to-Cash Time. ...
  • Supply Chain Cycle Time. ...
  • Fill Rate. ...
  • Inventory Turnover.

What are the 3 types of supply chain strategies? ›

The three levels of supply chain management are strategic, tactical and operational.
  • Strategic Planning. This level of supply chain management is responsible for developing long-term plans that outline the company's overall objectives and goals. ...
  • Tactical Planning. ...
  • Operational Execution.

What's the most important first step for a company struggling with supply chain issues? ›

Quantifying the financial risk of a supplier or wider supply chain failure, is the first step in successfully implementing a risk management plan. This is best done in terms of profitability impact, but revenue impact sometimes is also adequate.

What do supply chain workers do? ›

In addition to purchasing and procurement, supply chain managers analyze processes and data to improve quality and efficiencies throughout the entire supply chain—from procurement of raw materials to shipment of finished goods.

Is supply chain management hard? ›

Supply chain and logistics management is a demanding career. But it's also one of the most exciting areas of growth for hungry, driven professionals who are looking to make a real impact in their jobs.

What is the highest paying job in supply chain? ›

The 10 High-Paying Careers for Supply Chain Management Majors are:
  • Vice President, Supply Chain Management $155,118.
  • Global Supply Chain Management $114,275.
  • Logistics Manager $104,827.
  • Supply Chain Manager $104,071.
  • Global Commodities Director $103,601.
  • Purchasing Manager $103,289.
  • Strategic Sourcing Manager $100,015.

What is the most important characteristic for being successful in a supply chain management career or as an SCM major? ›

What is the most important characteristic for being successful in a Supply Chain Management Career or as an SCM Major? You must be excited, motivated, determined, and dedicated to work toward achieving your best performance in your schoolwork and your first SCM jobs.

What are the skills required for supply chain? ›

“Supply chain requires a high level of analytical skills coupled with an ability to build effective working relationships. Logistics and supply chain are a service business. Familiarity with supply chain software is very important for young professionals [who will be] the heavy users of the systems.”

How will you add value to our supply chain team with your experience and competencies? ›

Adding Value to Your Supply Chain
  1. Expand product offerings. ...
  2. Get products shelf ready. ...
  3. Enhance customization capabilities. ...
  4. Manage inventory more efficiently. ...
  5. Reduce the number of suppliers. ...
  6. React faster to changing business needs. ...
  7. Manage transportation costs. ...
  8. Control labor costs.
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How do I break into supply chain consulting? ›

How to become a supply chain consultant
  1. Get a degree. Most positions as a supply chain consultant require at least a bachelor's degree in a related field. ...
  2. Choose a specialty. ...
  3. Find an internship. ...
  4. Obtain work experience. ...
  5. Consider a graduate degree. ...
  6. Increase your network. ...
  7. Consider a certification. ...
  8. Communication.
17 Mar 2022

Why is supply chain management important? ›

Supply Chain Management streamlines the flow of everything from goods to any unexpected natural disaster. Globally, every organization's logistics are managed by supply chain managers. With effective supply chain management, supply chain managers can easily diagnose problems/disruptions for seamless movement of goods.

What is supply chain example? ›

Examples of supply chain activities include farming, refining, design, manufacturing, packaging, and transportation.

How do you manage the supply chain effectively and efficiently? ›

To maintain an efficient supply chain, here are four supply chain management best practices to consider.
  1. Implement an effective inventory management process. ...
  2. Use a warehouse management system. ...
  3. Create a returns management system. ...
  4. Use real-time data for continuous improvement.
1 Mar 2021

What is usually the first step in the supply chain? ›

Plan. The initial stage of the supply chain process is the planning stage. We need to develop a plan or strategy in order to address how the products and services will satisfy the demands and necessities of the customers.

What are the four 4 stages of supply chains? ›

What are the components of your supply chain you should be focusing on right now?
  • INTEGRATION. Integration starts at your strategic planning phase and is critical throughout your communications and information sharing and data analysis and storage. ...
  • OPERATIONS. ...
  • PURCHASING. ...
  • DISTRIBUTION.

What are some career goals examples? ›

What are examples of typical career goals?
  • Increase professional knowledge and training. ...
  • Increase earnings. ...
  • Improve low-functioning work processes or relationships. ...
  • Have new experiences. ...
  • Attain a leadership role.

Which company has best supply chain? ›

The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 Companies for 2022
RankCompany
1Cisco Systems
2Schneider Electric
3Colgate-Palmolive
4Johnson & Johnson
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26 May 2022

What are the career goals? ›

What is a career goal? A career goal is the ideal state that you aim for in your professional life. Career goals can be characterized as short-term or long-term, depending on how much time you anticipate working toward achieving your goal.

How stressful is supply chain management? ›

There is no doubt about it, supply chain management is a demanding and stressful job. As much as you love going to work, there are times when you need to take a break to stop the stress from getting too much for you to handle.

Is supply chain management a lot of math? ›

Yes. Many advanced tools and techniques in supply chain planning, such as machine learning, inventory management, predictive maintenance, and automation, all rely heavily on mathematics.

What are the two types of supply chain management? ›

Depending on the functions the supply chain management systems perform, they are classified into two categories, namely, supply chain planning systems, and supply chain execution systems.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years in procurement? ›

When answering the question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”, consider these key points:
  • Show you're enthusiastic about the role and working for the company.
  • Tie your goals back to your skills and achievements.
  • Show that you're eager to learn.
  • Make sure your vision involves growing within the company.
31 Jul 2017

What are your career goals in procurement? ›

Top 10 procurement goals for 2022
  • Professional Development. ...
  • Use new technology to lower costs. ...
  • Time to clean up data. ...
  • Increase spend. ...
  • Use procurement to support business goals. ...
  • Get leadership on your side. ...
  • Grow relationships with vendors. ...
  • Adapt procurement best practices.
18 Jan 2022

What skills do you need to work in procurement? ›

But key skills required by all procurement professionals are:
  • Great relationship management.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Impeccable time-management.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Ability to adapt to change.
  • Understanding of risk management.
  • Understanding of and ability to enhance sustainability.
  • Understanding of the global market.
24 Sept 2019

How can we green the supply chain? ›

Other ways of using GSCM practices to improve environmental performance and reduce costs include:
  1. Rethinking your materials: ...
  2. Reusing waste or by products: ...
  3. Cutting back on packaging: ...
  4. Reducing risk to your business: ...
  5. Redesigning your processes: ...
  6. Optimizing transport:
28 Apr 2021

What are key performance indicators in supply chain? ›

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are a set of quantitative metrics that can help you gauge your business' performance over time. Specifically, they enable you to monitor how effectively your organization is achieving its target goals.

How do you achieve strategic fit? ›

There are three basic steps to achieving strategic fit:
  1. Understanding the customer and supply chain uncertainty. ...
  2. Understanding the supply chain capabilities. ...
  3. Achieving strategic fit.
29 Aug 2016

What is the best supply chain strategy? ›

15 Best Practices for Supply Chain Management
  • Recruit & Develop Supply Chain Professionals. ...
  • Align the Supply Chain Team. ...
  • Establish Alliances with Suppliers. ...
  • Purchase Supplies in Volume to Reduce Costs. ...
  • Diversify Supplier Relationships to Avoid Delays. ...
  • Improve Demand Forecasting. ...
  • Optimize Inventory Management.
29 Apr 2021

What is supply chain management in simple words? ›

Supply chain management (SCM) is the centralized management of the flow of goods and services and includes all processes that transform raw materials into final products. By managing the supply chain, companies can cut excess costs and deliver products to the consumer faster and more efficiently.

What are the main factors contributing to supply chain success? ›

We've listed five supply chain management success factors here that we've studied and experienced, and we fully recommend implementing them for your organization.
  • Pre-Qualified and Diversified Suppliers. ...
  • Multiple Backup Plans. ...
  • Real-Time Data Analytics. ...
  • Automated Supply Chain Management Platform. ...
  • Solid Supply Chain Network.
9 Jul 2021

What are the 5 biggest supply chain challenges? ›

Here are five major challenges that companies continue to face in their supply chains–and the solutions that will help logistics providers prepare for the future.
  • 1 - Huge E-commerce Growth. ...
  • 2 - Sudden Shortages. ...
  • 3 - Centralized Inventory. ...
  • 4 - Limited or Insufficient Visibility. ...
  • 5 - Patchwork Logistics.
3 May 2022

What possible ways to overcome the issues facing the supply chain? ›

How to Solve Your Supply Chain Challenges
  1. Manage and Drive Down Costs in the Supply Chain.
  2. Optimize Inventory and Supply Chain Demands Across Multiple Channels.
  3. Improve Quality and Speed in the Supply Chain.
  4. Manage and Mitigate Risks and Issues in the Supply Chain.
  5. Use the Right Supply Chain Software Platform.
14 Feb 2019

Why do I want to work in supply chain? ›

Supply chain work is rewarding.

Industry professionals love what they do. In fact, on a scale from 1 to 10, 88% have a positive outlook on their careers and would recommend supply chain as a rewarding professional path to others. In addition, 45% of industry professionals enjoy four weeks or more paid time off.

How can supply chain skills be improved? ›

These Are the 7 Supply Chain Leaders' Skills You'll Really Need
  1. Information Technology and Automation Knowledge. ...
  2. A Grasp of Economics and Market Dynamics. ...
  3. Understanding Cost-to-serve. ...
  4. The Skill of Flexibility. ...
  5. Project Management Skills. ...
  6. The Ability to Get the Best from People. ...
  7. The Know-How to Negotiate.
26 Apr 2022

What are 4 responsibilities tasks of supply chain managers? ›

Supply Chain Manager duties and responsibilities
  • Plan and implement the overall supply chain strategy.
  • Collaborate with Sales, Operations, and Customer Service teams.
  • Determine key supply chain KPIs.
  • Suggest solutions for process improvements.
  • Identify process bottleneck and implement solutions in a timely manner.

Is supply chain a stressful career? ›

Supply chain management can be rewarding, but it isn't for everybody. SCM professionals typically work long hours under heavy stress. Problems arise quickly and unexpectedly and demand immediate solutions—think resolving a last-minute shipping issue halfway across the world in the middle of the night.

What degree is best for supply chain management? ›

After graduating from high school, aspiring supply chain managers will need to earn a bachelor's degree. While there are bachelor's programs that focus specifically on supply chain management, several other relevant majors exist, that include finance, business, or even engineering.

Do supply chain managers travel a lot? ›

Many logistics jobs necessitate frequent international travel. Although these trips focus far more on work than sightseeing, they offer an array of opportunities for those eventually hoping to break into the field of international business.

What is the career path in supply chain management? ›

Supply chain management is an umbrella term that includes many different positions. Patel says a typical path includes beginning as an expeditor then advancing to become a buyer and moving upward from there. Other job titles include operations analyst, loading operator, sales, production manager and logistician.

Does a career in supply chain pay well? ›

Consistently, good pay is a benefit of a supply chain career. According to ASCM's survey, U.S. supply chain professionals with a bachelor's degree earned a median annual salary of $78,750 in 2019, which is 24% higher than the median of other U.S. workers with the same degree.

What is better supply chain management or logistics? ›

Logistics focuses on the movement and storage of items in the supply chain. Supply chain management (SCM) is more comprehensive, covering all of the coordination between partners that have a role in this network, including sourcing, manufacturing, transporting, storing and selling.

Why do you want to work for this company? ›

Express your personal passion for the employer's product/service/mission. Employers want to know you're passionate about what they do, whether it takes the shape of a product, a service, a mission, or a brand. You can also connect your passion to the company's core values, which can often be found on their website.

Why do you want to shape your career in logistics industry? ›

Career outlook

While it has a rich demand for skills, the sector has no inherent gender bias, offering equal opportunities to women. And, the sheer diversity of roles and the sector's depth and agility makes it an exciting career opportunity. There are also abundant opportunities to emerge as a logistics entrepreneur.

Why do you want to work in logistics? ›

Logistics can be demanding, yet it offers a rewarding work environment that highlights both teamwork and community. And because more and more logistics providers are offering job training and career development, you'll likely have a mentor, which 75 percent of GenY say is crucial to their success.

What is supply chain management and why is it important? ›

Supply chain management (SCM) is the centralized management of the flow of goods and services and includes all processes that transform raw materials into final products. By managing the supply chain, companies can cut excess costs and deliver products to the consumer faster and more efficiently.

Why should we hire you answer best? ›

Show that you have skills and experience to do the job and deliver great results. You never know what other candidates offer to the company. But you know you: emphasize your key skills, strengths, talents, work experience, and professional achievements that are fundamental to getting great things done on this position.

What can you bring to the company? ›

your enthusiasm for the profession and the employer and your desire to make your mark. your personal qualities, such as your drive and willingness to learn. the skills the employer seeks and how you have demonstrated them in the past – your answer should show why you would be competent in the job.

Why should we hire you answer example? ›

For starters, I have all the skills and experience listed in the job description, and I'm confident that I can make an immediate impact on your company. It's not just my background in leading successful projects for Fortune 500 companies, but also my passion for the industry that drives me to succeed.

How can I introduce myself in logistics interview? ›

SUGGESTED ANSWER: “I am a positive, driven and professional person who can work effectively both in a team, and also on my own. Over the years, I have gained plenty of transferrable skills that will help me to reach a high level of competency within this logistics role quickly.

What is taught in supply chain management? ›

The Supply Chain Management Specialization is made up of four basic courses in logistics, operations, planning, and sourcing, followed by a capstone course in Supply Chain Management Strategy. The Supply Chain Logistics course will cover transportation, warehousing and inventory, and logistics network design.

Is supply chain management hard to study? ›

Is Studying Supply Chain Difficult? Because supply chain management is so diverse, its learning difficulty will depend on the things you find easy and hard. Below are some scenarios. Fundamental math and language skills can make many of supply chain management's aspects more accessible.

How do I pass a logistics interview? ›

5 Tips to Prepare for an Entry Level Logistics Interview
  1. Research Commonly Used Terminology/Acronyms. 3PL/4PL. ...
  2. Prepare to Answer – “Why Logistics?” Safe Answer: “Supply Chain/Logistics is a complex and growing industry. ...
  3. Write Down Questions Ahead of Time. ...
  4. Bring a Portfolio. ...
  5. Relax, Take a Deep Breath, and Be Yourself.

What are the 7 R's of logistics? ›

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK (2019) defines them as: Getting the Right product, in the Right quantity, in the Right condition, at the Right place, at the Right time, to the Right customer, at the Right price.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years Sample answer for logistics? ›

In five years' time, I see myself advancing with the team, developing and creating new opportunities where the organization can grow. I find this position extremely motivating and exciting. I am excited to experience many challenges lying ahead of me.

Is supply chain management a good career? ›

Yes, Supply Chain Management is a good career as it offers a plenty of job opportunities with good salaries and a lot to learn ensuring positive growth in career. It is one of the most diverse field in the business sector as it is interconnected with all other functions.

What are the challenges of supply chain management? ›

The following are 2022's biggest supply chain challenges faced by product-based businesses from all over the globe.
  • Material scarcity. ...
  • Increasing freight prices. ...
  • Difficult demand forecasting. ...
  • Port congestion. ...
  • Changing consumer attitudes. ...
  • Digital transformation. ...
  • Restructuring. ...
  • Inflation.
17 Mar 2022

How will you add value to our supply chain team with your experience and competencies? ›

Adding Value to Your Supply Chain
  1. Expand product offerings. ...
  2. Get products shelf ready. ...
  3. Enhance customization capabilities. ...
  4. Manage inventory more efficiently. ...
  5. Reduce the number of suppliers. ...
  6. React faster to changing business needs. ...
  7. Manage transportation costs. ...
  8. Control labor costs.
27 Mar 2017

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Address: 2004 Kling Rapid, New Destiny, MT 64658-2367

Phone: +512425013758

Job: National Farming Director

Hobby: Reading, Polo, Genealogy, amateur radio, Scouting, Stand-up comedy, Cryptography

Introduction: My name is Van Hayes, I am a thankful, friendly, smiling, calm, powerful, fine, enthusiastic person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.