In a February 1 report, Wanted Analytics found that almost 50,000 supply chain jobs were posted in the previous 90 days–an increase of 24 percent over the same period the year prior.
Jobs are up, but which jobs are in the highest demand? Michael Koploy, an ERP Analyst that specializes in WMS systems for Software Advice, interviewed other industry experts to find the fastest growing jobs in logistics and the supply chain. Here are his top 5 along with some of the skills and certifications that these professionals need to find success:
1. Demand Planner: Many of these professionals have experience with various ERP systems, such as Oracle and SAP, are Six Sigma Black Belts and have obtained advanced certifications such as the CSCP through APICS.
2. Procurement Manager: A background in marketing, sales and supply chain operations are all important in this role, as the person must be both an analytical-thinker and a negotiator. Many professionals have obtained certifications through groups such as the ISM (CPSM) or Next Level Purchasing (SPSM).
3. Distribution Center Supervisor: These individuals are essential in running an efficient logistics operation. They must possess the ability to not only communicate with both in-bound and out-bound transportation units but also a crew of warehouse workers. While advanced degrees in supply chain management or certifications are not absolutely necessary for career success, a grounding in the supply chain is beneficial.
4. 3PL Business Development Manager: More and more companies are outsourcing their logistics operations, leading to an increasing importance within 3PLs to efficiently manage communication between clients. A background in account management, sales and finance are all very helpful–and an understanding of the supply chain is great for relating to clients, as well.
5. Supply Chain Analyst:Many consulting firms, from those that specialize in supply chain management to the Big Four accounting firms are always looking for more supply chain talent. This is a hot destination for many supply chain undergraduates, as well as newly-minted MBAs. These professionals are exceptionally hard workers and often earlier in their career–ready to to do their time to become the next leaders within the supply chain.
For more on these positions, check out Michael Koploy’s report: Top 5 Fastest-Growing Jobs in Logistics.