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Do Logistics & Supply Chain Management Interest You? Consider These Roles!

Whether you’re just starting out on your career journey or considering a career change, the logistics and supply chain management industry is a sound choice.

 

Singapore plays an important role in the global supply chain and the logistics industry is a big contributor to our economy. The sector has recently grown and adapted to changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To strengthen its status as a global logistics hub in Singapore, the industry is projected to have a 5% growth rate with a number of job opportunities that come along with it. Logistics and supply chain professionals with specific skills and industry experience will be constantly sought after.

A career in logistics and supply chain is more than just documentation and spreadsheets. Once misunderstood as a boring industry, you may now find yourself using cutting-edge technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and artificial intelligence, as the sector transforms.

Looking for a job in logistics or supply chain? Explore available job listings on MyCareersFuture job portal now! 

For some added inspiration on pursuing a logistics and supply chain career path, learn how companies transform to keep up with the industry growth.

If you’re ready to take on a role in the logistics and supply chain sector, here are some of the common roles to know about, so you can map out your career path.

1. Procurement manager

Role: The procurement manager’s main role is to manage the organisation’s procurement strategies to acquire the most cost-effective deals and reduce procurement expenses.

They do this through sustainable and technologically-innovative methods and by negotiating and maintaining strong working relationships with supplier networks.

Some key procurement skills include improving supplier relationships, enhancing sustainability, involving new technology and collaborating effectively.

Typically if you have a diploma in logistics, supply chain or engineering, you’d start off as a procurement or sourcing executive before moving into a managerial role. You can eventually head your own team.

You should be: 

  • Skilled in project management
  • Able to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Comfortable with local, regional and international projects
  • Good at problem-solving
  • Able to communicate effectively across all levels

2. Demand planning analyst

Role: Demand planning analysts are specialists who work out demand forecasts to control warehouse inventory. They analyse demand patterns and changes to maintain an inventory database. The database has to be updated regularly to maintain an optimal level of inventory.

The objective of a demand planning analyst is to plan ahead for the volume of products that will be needed to satisfy customers for a period of time. Besides analysing inventory levels, they also have to look at production speed, product demand, marketing and sales data to make accurate volume forecasts.

This is a key supply chain role in any organisation with a progressive career path. The job is ideally suited for those who enjoy working with data and numbers.

While this position may seem advanced or niche, those who begin in order fulfilment and demand planning entry-level roles can then progress to demand analyst by acquiring experience and relevant certifications.

You can start off with a diploma in business or supply chain to gain an entry-level position, then take up a degree in the same field. These qualifications alongside experience can help you to progress to a demand planning analyst role.

You should have: 

  • An in-depth understanding of the market
  • Solid understanding of inventory management practices
  • Strong mathematical and statistical knowledge
  • Good at report writing
  • Able to communicate effectively across all levels

3. Distribution centre supervisor

Role: Also commonly referred to as a warehouse supervisor or inventory control supervisor, the main responsibility of the distribution centre supervisor is to oversee and maintain inventory and supplies by receiving, storing and delivering products. They also supervise, train and evaluate the performance of a team of staff who carry out these activities.

Distribution centre supervisors resolve warehouse operations’ quality issues and improve warehouse performance, ensuring safety and efficiency. They work with both internal and external stakeholders, so good communication and interpersonal skills will help get the job done.

Working first as a distribution centre or warehouse storekeeper can help you progress to supervisory positions and then to operations executive roles. This is a general role where you can advance with the right mindset, attitude and ground experience rather than qualifications.

You should:

  • Be systematic and good with adaptability and multitasking
  • Have strong coordination and communication skills
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Be able to communicate effectively across all levels

4. Supply chain consultant

Role: A supply chain consultant helps to improve operations and develop cost-effective solutions for supply chain, warehouse, material handling, and distribution issues. You can work directly for an organisation or externally with many clients.

To improve the supply chain process, the consultant must use strategic planning, the latest IT technologies and restructuring processes to give advice and solutions. If you enjoy tackling supply chain strategy challenges and coming up with value-adding solutions, this role is for you.

Consultant positions usually require a degree or relevant qualification, experience in warehousing, materials handling, operations management or related fields. Experience in project management and consulting are also excellent transferable skills if you do not have prior industry experience.

You should have:

  • Problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Industry knowledge
  • Budgeting and accounting experience
  • Project management skills
  • Prior consulting management experience

Secure your future in Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Browse through logistics and supply chain jobs at all career levels with ease on MyCareersFuture. Conveniently search for jobs that match your skillset, with government support for career switchers, and even sort job postings by location.

Upskilling yourself or taking up industry-relevant courses and certifications can also increase your chances at landing a lucrative career in logistics and supply chain management. Read through this useful guide to choose the right certifications at different stages of your career journey.

The consistent demand and growth makes the logistics and supply chain management industry an attractive choice for career progression!

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