There are many types of transportation careers available for graduates who have a degree in supply chain management. Below introduces four of the potential careers for logistics professionals.

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Logistics Manager

As one of the most critical players in transportation, logisticians control the efficient flow of products, services and information starting at the point of origin until customer placement. They must meet understand market fluctuations, industry trends and changing customer requirements. Logistics manager must ensure that customer service is provided and that time objectives are achieved. They monitor cost constraints to meet marketing and financial objectives. They maintain the execution and continuous improvement of standardized logistics processes, such as demand management, data interchange systems, procurement systems and information system administration. One of their primary jobs is to cultivate and maintain beneficial relationships with strategic customers, vendors and partners through logistics initiatives. They integrate knowledge from customers, competitors, distribution channels, transportation operations and industry groups to continuously improve their organization’s competitive position.

Business Intelligence Analyst

A newly popular career is business intelligence analyst. They evaluate key commercial processes to identify optimization and risk mitigation opportunities. Their goal is to use analytical tools, information and reports to streamline logistical processes. These include tools to maximize automation and consolidation as well as enhance communication and user experiences. They may accomplish this through re-formatting standard documentation or redesigning warehouse layout based on lean logistics principles. They apply their intimate knowledge of business systems to design reporting solutions that are stable and scalable. They may spearhead personal projects related to operations, customer complaint or loss prevention reporting. They work with management to design and develop analytics solutions that support key decision making throughout the enterprise. They may act as the application administrator for all store and merchandise planning activities.

Supply Chain Technician

Supply chain technicians perform daily, weekly and monthly reviews of current processes using operational metrics. They submit their facility, operations, purchasing, inventory and distribution reports to supply chain managers for strategic decision making. They create actionable and engaging reports that highlight relevant industry and competitor trends and opportunities for improvement. They actively engage customers and closely work with coworkers to understand how and where improvements can be made to support the organization’s business model and objectives. Supply chain technicians need to evaluate and communicate the operational and financial impacts of any proposed changes. They actively participate in the monitoring of changes that are being implemented in order to identify problems and evaluate progress.

Manager of Merchandise Planning

Managers of merchandise planning are responsible for directing the planning, allocation and replenishment activities. They supervise teams who build merchandise plans that meet the company’s sales margin and inventory productivity goals. They proactively oversee the management of inventory in order to compare procurement and deployment plans against strategic merchandise plans. They provide analytics, insight and leadership to support merchandising and supply chain activities. They are responsible to build, forecast, manage and review one- to two year financial plans with senior management. They direct inventory procurement and deployment activities. They also identify risks and opportunities relative to sales and inventory productivity. If necessary, they develop corrective action plans to address issues.

Recent graduates of supply chain management programs who want to jump start their transportation career should seek an internship. Supply chain interns may include handling Excel spreadsheets, compiling reports and creating basic schedules.