Directs or coordinates production, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, or financial forecasting services or activities to limit costs and improve accuracy, customer service, or safety. Examines existing procedures or opportunities for streamlining activities to meet product distribution needs. Directs the movement, storage, or processing of inventory.
This career is part of the Management and Administration cluster Operations Management pathway.
A person in this career:
- Determines appropriate equipment and staffing levels to load, unload, move, or store materials.
- Manages activities related to strategic or tactical purchasing, material requirements planning, controlling inventory, warehousing, or receiving.
- Selects transportation routes to maximize economy by combining shipments or consolidating warehousing and distribution.
- Defines performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of supply chain factors, such as product cost or quality.
- Implements new or improved supply chain processes to improve efficiency or performance.
- Develops procedures for coordination of supply chain management with other functional areas, such as sales, marketing, finance, production, or quality assurance.
- Confers with supply chain planners to forecast demand or create supply plans that ensure availability of materials or products.
- Analyzes inventories to determine how to increase inventory turns, reduce waste, or optimize customer service.
- Negotiates prices and terms with suppliers, vendors, or freight forwarders.
- Analyzes information about supplier performance or procurement program success.