What does a Supply Chain Specialist do?

Supply chain specialists ensure supply chain performance in aspects ranging from order to shipment to billing and customer service. They supervise and oversee employees and departments within the supply chain and ensure the process runs smoothly. They work in shipping, manufacturing, or supply chain management companies or on a consulting basis and analyze and coordinate a company's supply chain. They are responsible for procuring materials in the manufacturing and shipment of a final product, negotiating price and shipment terms, overseeing the process, and delivering materials needed to fulfill a customer order.

Supply chain specialists maintain adequate inventory and schedule and receive materials shipments. They assess current orders and forecast future demand to provide adequate supplies and remain mindful of significant demand changes by responding to changes and solving problems that may arise. They remain in constant communication with customers to avoid unforeseen charges or surprise in orders they must input and process alongside billing and paperwork oversight. Supply chain specialists need a bachelor's degree in logistics, business engineering, or supply chain management.

Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Supply Chain Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$4,131 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $4K
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Supply Chain Specialist Career Path

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Supply Chain Specialist Insights

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Supply Chain Professional
17 Mar 2021

“One of the best thing working in IBM is we can learn many new operation and knowledge regarding and friendly environment to work and earn”

Q'Max SolutionsQ'Max Solutions
Supply Chain Specialist
6 Apr 2021

“Gave me an excellent Opportunity to learn more about the Middle East supply chain market.”

Supply Chain Associate
28 Jun 2020

“Career development is blurry and undefined for many roles”

Ahold DelhaizeAhold Delhaize
Supply Chain Specialist
12 Apr 2021

“If you want to grow in your career and learn a lot then don't join.”

Bayan Medical
Logistics and Supply Chain
30 Aug 2020

“You will be pushed to be out of your comfort zone which will help your career and personal improvement.”

Rush University Medical CenterRush University Medical Center
OR Supply Chain Technician
11 Aug 2020

“I was an intern here and I felt as if my manager was really disengaged.”

Supply Chain Consultant
16 Aug 2020

“There is no clear career path management and it is somewhat difficult to change roles within the company.”

HP Inc.HP Inc.
Supply Chain Specialist
20 Mar 2021

“Good good good good good”

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