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Supply Chain Managers

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At a Glance

  • Manage the manufacturing process from beginning to end
  • Usually have a bachelor's degree
  • Seek ways to improve efficiency in the manufacturing world
  • Work with supervisors, line workers, engineers, and managers
  • Sit for long periods of time.
  • Earn $74,840 per year (Hawaii median)


Supply chain managers coordinate and plan all the steps necessary to make and sell a product, from beginning to end.

Imagine what it would be like to plan activities or processes for an entire company. This is called logistics, and makes up the majority of what a supply chain manager does. These workers are involved in nearly every aspect of a business, including planning, purchasing, transportation, storage, sales, and customer service.

Supply chain managers are excellent planners, analyzers, and communicators. They must be creative and flexible. For example, if they work for a clothing manufacturer, they have to be able to change suppliers for fabrics without interrupting manufacturing, distribution, and sales. They have to analyze inventory, storage, and transportation needs to make sure they have enough stock on hand. Supply chain managers must also be able to handle new product launches, which means they have to design, test, and adjust supply chains until they have everything running smoothly.

Good supply chain managers are continually examining the flow of business processes to make sure they are working efficiently. They talk with various workers, from drivers to purchasers to budget analysts, to see what their needs are and how to improve the operation. They also must forecast future trends for their company to anticipate changes.

The growing green economy will depend more and more on supply chain managers to help businesses use less energy as they manufacture products. They will also help manufacturers develop green products and technologies. They will also work in transportation, to help reduce the environmental impact of trucking and shipping products and supplies.


Specific Work Activities

The following list of occupational tasks is specific to supply chain managers.
  • Design and put in place supply chains that help businesses with changing market conditions, new opportunities, or cost reduction.
  • Coordinate supply chain management sales, marketing, finance, production, and quality assurance.
  • Manage activities related to purchasing, material requirements, inventory control, warehousing, or receiving.
  • Help coordinate engineering changes, product line extensions, or new product launches. Ensure orderly and timely transitions in material and production flow.
  • Analyze information about supplier performance and procurement program success.
  • Analyze inventory to see how inventory is used, reduce waste, or optimize customer service.
  • Talk with supply chain planners to forecast demand or create supply plans that ensure availability of materials and products.
  • Define performance standards for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of supply chain factors such as product cost and quality.
  • Design and implement warehousing strategies for production materials or finished products.
  • Develop and implement procedures or systems to evaluate and select suppliers.


Common Work Activities

Supply chain managers perform the following list of tasks, but the tasks are common to many occupations.
  • Get information needed to do the job.
  • Make decisions and solve problems.
  • Use computers.
  • Communicate with supervisors, peers, or subordinates.
  • Develop and build teams.
  • Organize, plan, and prioritize work.
  • Analyze data or information.
  • Establish and maintain relationships.
  • Guide, direct, and motivate subordinates.
  • Process information.
  • Develop goals and strategies.
  • Coordinate the work and activities of others.
  • Coach others.
  • Communicate with people from outside the organization.
  • Resolve conflicts and negotiate with others.
  • Recruit, interview, and hire others.
  • Monitor and control resources.
  • Update and use job-related knowledge.
  • Identify objects, actions, and events.
  • Provide advice and consultation to others.


Related Occupations

Occupational Clusters:

  • Business, Management and Administration

Related Occupations:

  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Budget Analysts
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Management Analysts
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Storage and Transportation Managers

Hawaii Career Pathways:

  • Business, Management & Technology

Related O*NET Specialties:


Skills and Abilities

Supply chain managers need to:


  • Listen to others, understand, and ask questions.
  • Read and understand work-related materials.
  • Express ideas clearly when speaking or writing.

Reason and Problem Solve

  • Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.
  • Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions.
  • Judge the costs and benefits of a possible action.
  • Determine how a system should work. Study how changes in conditions affect outcomes.
  • Identify ways to measure and improve system performance.
  • Develop rules or follow guidelines for arranging items.
  • Make sense of information by studying it.
  • Think of new ideas or original and creative ways to solve problems.
  • Concentrate and not be distracted while performing a task.

Use Math and Science

  • Use math skills to solve problems.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide quickly and correctly.
Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things
  • Check how well one is learning or doing something.
  • Manage the time of self and others.
  • Obtain needed equipment, facilities, and materials and oversee their use.
  • Motivate, develop, and direct people as they work.
  • Go back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information without becoming confused.
Work with People
  • Be aware of others' reactions and change behavior in relation to them.
  • Persuade others to approach things differently.
  • Solve problems by bringing others together to discuss differences.
  • Teach others how to do something.
  • Look for ways to help people.

Perceive and Visualize

  • Identify a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in distracting material.


Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, supply chain managers:

Interpersonal Relationships

    • Have a medium to high level of social interaction with others.
    • Communicate mostly by telephone, e-mail, and in-person conversations. They also write letters and memos, but less frequently.
    • Are responsible for work outcomes and the work done by others.
    • Are sometimes placed in conflict situations in which others may be rude or angry.
    • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.

Physical Work Conditions

    • Always work indoors.
    • May share office space with others.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact and accurate when performing the job. Errors can cost the company time and money.
  • Rarely consult a supervisor before making a decisions or setting tasks and goals.
  • Meet strict weekly and monthly deadlines. This makes the work atmosphere somewhat competitive.
  • Regularly make decisions that greatly impact coworkers and their company.
  • Sometimes repeat the same physical and mental tasks.

Hours / Travel

  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week. However, overtime is common during project deadlines.


Physical Demands

Supply chain managers frequently:

  • Sit for long periods of time.

It is important for supply chain managersto be able to:

  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Understand the speech of another person.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for supply chain managersto be able to:

  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.



Supply chain managers need knowledge in the following areas:
  • Production and Processing: Knowledge of how products are made and supplied.
  • Administration and Management: Knowledge of managing the operations of a business, company, or group.
  • Transportation: Knowledge of ways to move people, goods, or materials. This may be by air, rail, sea, or road.
  • English Language: Knowledge of the meaning, spelling, and use of the English language.
  • Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of providing special services to customers based on their needs.
  • Mathematics: Knowledge of the rules and uses of numbers. Areas of knowledge include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics.
  • Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of computer hardware and software.
  • Economics and Accounting: Knowledge of producing, supplying, and using goods and services. Also includes knowledge of the methods for keeping business records.
  • Personnel and Human Resources: Knowledge of the department that is in charge of the relationship between a company and its employees. In particular, includes knowledge of the activities performed by the department.



Supply chain managers are people who tend to:
  • Consider good working conditions important. They like jobs offering steady employment and good pay. They want employment that fits their individual work style. They may prefer doing a variety of tasks, working alone, or being busy all the time.
  • Consider independence important. They like to make decisions and try out ideas on their own. They prefer jobs where they can plan their work with little supervision.
  • Consider independence important. They like to make decisions and try out ideas on their own. They prefer jobs where they can plan their work with little supervision.
  • Consider good working conditions important. They like jobs offering steady employment and good pay. They want employment that fits their individual work style. They may prefer doing a variety of tasks, working alone, or being busy all the time.
  • Consider support from their employer important. They like to be treated fairly and have supervisors who will back them up. They prefer jobs where they are trained well.
  • Consider achievement important. They like to see the results of their work and to use their strongest abilities. They like to get a feeling of accomplishment from their work.
  • Consider recognition important. They like to work in jobs which have opportunities for them to advance, be recognized for their work, and direct and instruct others. They usually prefer jobs in which they are looked up to by others.
  • Have enterprising interests. They like work activities that involve starting up and carrying out projects, especially in business. They like to lead and persuade others, make decisions, and take risks for profit.
  • Have conventional interests. They like work activities that follow set procedures, routines, and standards. They like to work with data and detail. They prefer working where there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Occupational Interest Codes:

  • EC



Wages for supply chain managers vary depending on their responsibilities and level of education. Their company size and area of the country can also affect wages.

Full-time managers usually receive benefits such as sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance.

Hawaii Hourly


United States Hourly


Current Employment

Specific information about the number of supply chain managersin Hawaii and nationally is not available.

Major employers:

  • Business management companies
  • State and local government agencies



In Hawaii, outlook information is not specifically available for supply chain managers. However, they are included in a larger group of "managers, all other." Slower than average employment growth is expected for workers in this group through 2018.

Nationally, employment of workers in this group is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018.

Much of the job growth for supply chain managers will be due to the growing green sector of the economy. Supply chain managers will be needed to help businesses use less energy as they manufacture products. They will be needed to help manufacturers develop green products and technologies. They will also be needed in transportation, to help reduce the environmental impact of trucking and shipping products and supplies.

Because this is a large occupation, many openings will occur each year as managers transfer to other positions, start their own businesses, or retire. However, many who leave their jobs transfer to other management positions. This tends to limit the number of job openings for new entrants.

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment Change


Helpful High School Courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum may be different from our state's graduation requirements. Click here for public school graduation requirements for students graduating in 2011 or 2012. Click here for public school graduation requirements for students graduating in 2013 or later. If you attend a private school, check with your school counselor for graduation requirements.

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:
  • Algebra
  • Computer Applications
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Business
  • Keyboarding

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Click here for examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.



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  • have a high school diploma or GED;
  • have at least a bachelor's degree;
  • be curious and detail-oriented;
  • have strong analytical skills;
  • have good computer skills; and
  • have good communication skills.

Education after high school

Most supply chain managers have at least a bachelor's degree. Several fields of study provide good preparation for this occupation. These include manufacturing engineering, business, economics, math, and statistics. Common areas of graduate study are operations research, logistics, business administration, computer and information science, and industrial engineering.

Work experience

Consider participating in an internship while in college. An internship offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.

On-the-job training

New graduates work under the guidance of experienced supply chain managers. In large companies, you may also receive formal classroom training. You work on more difficult tasks and get more independence in your work as you gain knowledge and experience. The length of training varies by employer. In general, you receive up to one year of additional training.


Related Educational Programs:

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Economics
  • Engineering


Hiring Practices

Most employers require that supply chain managers have at least a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering, business administration, or a related field. Some employers prefer people who have a master's degree in engineering management or business administration. Employers also look for people with strong communication skills and experience working in a manufacturing setting.


Advancement Opportunities

Experienced managers may advance by moving to larger departments where they manage larger runs or more complicated products. This would also entail working with and supervising additional employees. Supply chain managers can advance into higher positions or earn higher pay through certification and continuing education.


Additional Sources of Information

Career Information Available on the Internet


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Labor Market Information

Data Sources
Occupational Wage Rates: Hawaii Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations, Research and Statistics Office, OES BLS (State & Hon) and LEWIS (Other Counties)
The median wage is the estimated 50th percentile; 50 percent of workers in an occupation earn less than the median wage, and 50 percent earn more than the median wage. Entry level and Experienced wage rates represent the means of the lower 1/3 and upper 2/3 of the wage distribution, respectively. Data is from an annual survey.
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