The supply chain logistician organizes the production process, from buying raw materials to distributing the finished product.

Are you fascinated by economics? Want to focus on every department of a manufacturing company? Consider working in supply chain logistics and you’ll have the chance to put your interests to work for you as you analyze the entire process of product creation. You’ll combine mathematics, economics, and business in order to make your company as efficient as possible.

Supply chain logisticians analyze data to improve the way the company functions. You’ll look at market forecasts and trends to make sure that your company is selling the right product at the right time, and you’ll work with the marketing department to find the best target market. Another large part of your job will be looking at the costs and profits related to each product. You’ll advise the procurement department on how to save money and negotiate contracts that benefit your company. You might work on the production floor, deciding on the best ways to eliminate wasted time and resources and save money.

In order to qualify for the position of supply chain logistician, you’ll need at least an associate’s degree in the field. Additional experience or training will give your resume a boost, so look for internship or certification programs that allow you to work hands-on.

Also Known As:

Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain Director

Critical Skills


  • Analyze Test Results and Data
  • Computers
  • Negotiation


  • Adaptability
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Teamwork

Key Responsibilities

  • Forecast demand or create supply plans that ensure availability of materials and products
  • Collect and evaluate data on supply chain factors
  • Analyze inventories to determine how to increase efficiency, reduce waste, or optimize customer service
  • Negotiate prices, terms, and performance with suppliers and carriers
  • Design or implement supply chains that support company goals
  • Work with marketing, sales, transportation, and production departments to ensure efficiency

How to get this job

Courses in supply chain logistics and project management a plus.

Next Steps for this job

Gain certifications, education and experience as receiving clerk or in operations.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.