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Climbing the Supply Chain Career Ladder "Teamwork makes the dream work."

Supply chain management is one of the careers that has grown over the years. A supply chain manager is an individual who oversees the ordering and delivery processes of raw materials, products and equipment, as well as other goods that a company needs to do business. A supply chain manager is a person responsible for linking different components of the supply chain, starting from negotiation with the supplier to placing orders, scheduling deliveries and ensuring the employer has all materials needed to meet the demand of the customer. For one to start a career in supply chain management, one should have a bachelor’s degree in business or management. Those with a master’s degree in business administration, especially in supply chain management, finance or engineering, have the upper hand.

As you seek to start a career in supply chain management, here are a few supply chain management jobs that you should think about as you climb the ladder.

  1. Senior Sourcing Manager

These individuals manage an organization’s sourcing strategy and carry out research to understand its operations and needs, and requirements. They are responsible for building a relationship with vendors and main suppliers to that they can negotiate the pricing and control costs.

The salary range for this position is $89,500-$151,000 per year. This high salary potential suggests that there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on your level of skills, location, and experience. People seeking this position have a higher chance of being employed, with many companies now hiring.

Supply Chain Program Manager

A supply chain program manager is responsible for organizing the supply chain programs and activities as per the mission and goals of an organization.

The salary range for this position is $87,000-$145,500 annually. This salary range indicates advancement opportunities and increased pay, depending on the person’s skill level, location and years of experience. There are currently many openings in this position in the US, which indicates a high chance of being employed for those seeking a position.

  1. Senior Procurement Manager

A senior procurement manager works hand-in-hand with the organization’s internal teams, suppliers, and clients to purchase the necessary products to improve procurement processes. Their salary range is $98,500-$138,000 annually. Their work includes providing cost-benefit analysis, negotiating the prices, managing the expectation of clients and overseeing the supply chain process.

  1. Supply chain Systems Manager

The salary range of these individuals is $83,000-$127,000 annually. According to research, the salary range for people in this area is consistent, no matter the skill level, location or experience. However, advancement in career is possible. There are currently many companies hiring for this position.

  1. Global Sourcing Manager

The work of these individuals is to oversee the procurement of materials and outsource labour or services. The duties of a sourcing manager may include travelling abroad. The goal can include creating a cost-effective and efficient supply chain. As a sourcing manager, you may need to negotiate with suppliers and report to the executives if you see the necessity of change in the existing supply chains. The salary range of these individuals is $84,500-$117,000 annually.

  1. Vendor manager

This individual is responsible for ordering products from different suppliers. Their work involves choosing different services, negotiating contracts and evaluating the performance of supply chains. Furthermore, they are responsible for managing relationships with vendors, storing accurate documentation, resolving the existing issues and streamlining processes. The vendor manager career requires an individual with high problem-solving and creative skills. They should also be qualified and experienced from their past engagements, and most of them are required to have a bachelor’s degree. Their salary range is $37,000-$105,500 annually.

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