What does a Supply Chain Planner do?
Supply chain planners anticipate and maintain stock levels to ensure a business runs smoothly by performing routine stock inspections, anticipated market changes, and ensuring that inventory levels are financially feasible. They assess the business’s financial structure and inventory storage capabilities and count and track inventory across multiple locations. Supply chain planners can anticipate stock demands based on current and future business projections and analyze market trends for the best times to purchase particular types of inventory.
Supply chain planners create inventory reports, present suggestions to a supply chain manager or other members of upper management, and ensure the business has a steady stock-flow without an overabundance of materials. They suggest changes to inventory warehousing when necessary so the company can navigate increased or reduced demand. Supply chain planners need a bachelor's degree in business management, logistics, or related fields and at least three years of experience working in logistics or supply chain management.
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Supply Chain Planner Career Path
Learn how to become a Supply Chain Planner, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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“Not clear future career paths and development plans”
“My boss is super kind and gives me trust to handle my work.”
“Great people and fun place to work with.”
“People around me and within my team genuinely cared about the work I was doing and wanted to help however they could.”
“career growth seems impossible if your boss didnt get promoted”
“Above average pay for industry”
“Good People to work with”
“The pay is averagely good”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a supply chain planner
When working as a supply chain planner, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are EXCEL Access, MS Word, Excellent Communication, Interpersonal and Communication and Microsoft Powerpoint.
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The most common qualifications to become a supply chain planner is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.