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Supply Chain Managers

Direct or coordinate production, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, or financial forecasting services or activities to limit costs and improve accuracy, customer service, or safety. Examine existing procedures or opportunities for streamlining activities to meet product distribution needs. Direct the movement, storage, or processing of inventory.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Determine appropriate equipment and staffing levels to load, unload, move, or store materials.
    • Manage activities related to strategic or tactical purchasing, material requirements planning, controlling inventory, warehousing, or receiving.
    • Select transportation routes to maximize economy by combining shipments or consolidating warehousing and distribution.
    • Define performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of supply chain factors, such as product cost or quality.
    • Implement new or improved supply chain processes to improve efficiency or performance.
    • Develop procedures for coordination of supply chain management with other functional areas, such as sales, marketing, finance, production, or quality assurance.
    • Analyze inventories to determine how to increase inventory turns, reduce waste, or optimize customer service.
    • Confer with supply chain planners to forecast demand or create supply plans that ensure availability of materials or products.
    • Negotiate prices and terms with suppliers, vendors, or freight forwarders.
    • Analyze information about supplier performance or procurement program success.
    • Meet with suppliers to discuss performance metrics, to provide performance feedback, or to discuss production forecasts or changes.
    • Monitor suppliers' activities to assess performance in meeting quality or delivery requirements.
    • Design or implement supply chains that support business strategies adapted to changing market conditions, new business opportunities, or cost reduction strategies.
    • Monitor forecasts and quotas to identify changes and predict effects on supply chain activities.
    • Participate in the coordination of engineering changes, product line extensions, or new product launches to ensure orderly and timely transitions in material or production flow.
    • Identify or qualify new suppliers in collaboration with other departments, such as procurement, engineering, or quality assurance.
    • Design or implement plant warehousing strategies for production materials or finished products.
    • Design, implement, or oversee product take back or reverse logistics programs to ensure products are recycled, reused, or responsibly disposed.
    • Develop or implement procedures or systems to evaluate or select suppliers.
    • Document physical supply chain processes, such as workflows, cycle times, position responsibilities, or system flows.
    • Forecast material costs or develop standard cost lists.
    • Diagram supply chain models to help facilitate discussions with customers.
    • Evaluate and select information or other technology solutions to improve tracking and reporting of materials or products distribution, storage, or inventory.
    • Identify opportunities to reuse or recycle materials to minimize consumption of new materials, minimize waste, or to convert wastes to by-products.
    • Design or implement supply chains that support environmental policies.
    • Review or update supply chain practices in accordance with new or changing environmental policies, standards, regulations, or laws.
    • Locate or select biodegradable, non-toxic, or other environmentally friendly raw materials for manufacturing processes.
    • Appraise vendor manufacturing capabilities through on-site observations or other measurements.
    • Conduct or oversee the conduct of life cycle analyses to determine the environmental impacts of products, processes, or systems.
    • Investigate or review the carbon footprints and environmental performance records of current or potential storage and distribution service providers.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


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    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.


    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 92640/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 44.54/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 5,340
    • Yearly Projected Openings 480

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    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Leadership
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability


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