Supply Chain Management

As a graduate in supply chain management you would plan, monitor and deal with goods from first stage, i.e, raw material to a finished product. You will mainly deal with movement of goods. You will engage in activities to improve customer value and improve market value of the company.

What do Supply Chain Managers do?

As graduates in supply chain management, they will be engaged in full life cycle of a product, from designing to disposal.They will analyse and identify the needs of the customers and plan strategies to meet those demands. They also put forward ways to reduce the cost and increase the profit.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Diagram supply chain models to help facilitate discussions with customers
  • Checked Develop material costs forecasts or standard cost lists
  • Checked Assess appropriate material handling equipment needs and staffing levels to load, unload, move, or store materials
  • Checked Appraise vendor manufacturing ability through on-site visits and measurements
  • Checked Monitor supplier performance to assess ability to meet quality and delivery requirements
  • Checked Monitor forecasts and quotas to identify changes or to determine their effect on supply chain activities
  • Checked Implement new or improved supply chain processes.
  • Checked Collaborate with other departments, such as procurement, engineering, and quality assurance, to identify or qualify new suppliers
  • Checked Develop or implement procedures or systems to evaluate or select suppliers
  • Checked Document physical supply chain processes, such as workflows, cycle times, position responsibilities, or system flows

How to become a Supply Chain Manager?

Step 1
Take any Stream at +2 level

To pursue an undergraduate course in supply chain management you can take any stream at +2 level, but taking commerce which relates to the distribution aspects of business, may give you a better insight into the subject you are taking up.

Step 2
Take a BBA (Supply Chain Management)

You can take up a BBA in Supply Chain Management which is a three year course. You may also take a bachelor’s in any discipline including BTech/BE which will make you eligible to take up postgraduate studies in Supply Chain Management. Individuals with an undergraduate degree can qualify for entry level employment in various fields, such as transportation, warehouse distribution and manufacturing.


Note:

Distance education diploma courses in Supply Chain Management of duration 1 to 1½ years is offered by some institutions ( NMIMS, Symbiosis) in India. This can be taken up after graduation in any discipline.

Step 3
Take MBA/PGPM/PGDM with specialisation in Supply Chain Management.

2 year Post graduate programs or MBA with specialisation in Supply Chain Management is available in many reputed institutes of management in India. Universities abroad also offer MBA/ MSc degree programs in Supply Chain Management. These programs are usually of 1 to 2 years duration.

Step 4
DBA/ PhD in Supply Chain Management

Doctoral programs in Business Administration in Supply Chain Management can be taken up in universities abroad which prepare students to pursue an academic career or to become a professional researcher. Universities in India ( eg: Delhi University) also offer PhD programs in Supply Chain Management.

Supply Chain Management Colleges

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Requirements for masters in supply chain management

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India( For admission into MBA (Supply Chain Management) at Amity University, Noida )

  • A minimum 50% marks in Graduation with min score of MAT - 500/GMAT – 500 / CMAT - 150
    1. OR
  • percentile of 75 CAT/XAT - /60 in NMAT -
    1. OR
  • Amity Written Test
  • English Language Test
  • On the basis of Personal Interview

Foreign (For admission into Msc Supply Chain Management (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria )

  • A full English-taught bachelor’s program (at least 3 years) or master’s program (at least 2 years).
  • English Language Proficiency : an overall score of 7.0 IELTS or 100 in TOEFL.
  • An academic letter of recommendation or a valid GMAT Score.

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Skills Required

Analytical skills

Its essential for supply chain managers to have strong analytical skills backed by conceptual thinking and numerical ability as they would be involved budget construction for the validation of Supply chain assumptions.

Communication skills

Strong written and oral Communication and good interpersonal skills are vital for as supply chain managers as they have to facilitate discussions with customers.

Planning

Scheduling and Planning skills would come in handy in the daily duties of such of supply chain managers for coordinating supply chain activities for their employers.

Negotiating Skills

Supply chain managers need to procure products at the best prices for their employers . Their Persuasive and Negotiation skills will be put under the test while working with suppliers, vendors and retailers.

Industries

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  • Checked Automotive Industry
  • Checked Manufacturing
  • Checked Consumer product and Retail sector
  • Checked Healthcare sector
  • Checked Aerospace and Defence sector

Top companies

  • Checked ACG Infotech Limited
  • Checked Ailment Software Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • Checked Gazelle Technologies Private Limited
  • Checked McLane company
  • Checked Union Pacific