If the supermarket shelves remain empty on Monday morning, the supply chain manager has built crap – because in this responsible profession you are responsible for ensuring that the entire supply chain. Supply chain managers develop and manage the logistical flow of goods across companies.
Definition of supply chain management
The term supply chain management comes from English and means something like "Wertschöpfungskettenverwaltung" in German which means "value chain management". Supply chain management manages the flow of goods and services and includes all processes that transform raw materials into final products. It involves actively streamlining a business's supply-side activities to maximize customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Requirements for Supply Chain Managers
Several courses are suitable for the supply chain management profession. You have a particularly good foundation if you have studied economics or industrial engineering, but you can also score points in your application as a computer scientist or natural scientist. By the way: If you join a trainee program after you graduate, you will be trained in a targeted manner and learn the practical side in no time at all.
In addition to a bachelor's or master's degree, you need these skills to be successful in supply chain management:
Economic, strategic, and analytical thinking
Understanding of global connections
Understanding of numbers
Communication skills and negotiation skills
Tasks as Supply Chain Manager
Process planning and securing the flow of goods along the entire value chain; materials management
Precise analysis of market and customer data
Customer and supplier support
Creation of concepts for cost reduction
Optimizing technical solutions and processes
Ensuring compliance with legal regulations and safety regulations
Career prospects for supply chain managers
As a supply chain manager, you will be needed in various industries. Depending on what you specialize in, you can set different priorities in your everyday work - the larger your area of responsibility, the better your career opportunities. If, in addition to purely logistical tasks, you also take on sales tasks, managerial responsibilities, or large budget responsibilities, this will also have a positive effect on your salary as a supply chain manager.
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