A director of supply chain management manages and organizes all activities related to the products and goods that a business maintains and supplies to its customers. The supply chain manager's role begins with identifying resources and materials and ends with the purchase of goods by customers; it includes steps such as acquisition of the product, production, and distribution.
Directors of supply chain management are in charge of a critical part of the business. They must effectively work to find the best prices for their goods, inventory appropriately, and monitor purchasing. They must ensure that needed materials are always in stock, and that the supply available will meet customer demand without having more product than is needed tying up storage space. The responsibilities of a director of supply chain management vary depending on the scope and size of a company. The overall goal of all directors of supply chain management is to reduce costs and increase efficiency throughout the supply chain process while ensuring that quality, safety, and customer satisfaction is not negatively affected.
Many directors of supply chain management oversee a smaller group of employees who work in the manufacturing process. Supply chain managers monitor each step of the process, while also assessing employees and goods, creating policies, and formulating partnerships with suppliers.
Directors of supply chain management can work in a variety of fields, including government, communication, and manufacturing. There are also many opportunities available in retail and service, as well as education. A director of supply chain management may specialize in a specific field, such as technology.
Employers may require either a bachelor's or a master's degree in supply chain management or a related field. They also may require prior experience in supply chain management.
Director, Supply Chain Management Tasks
- Manage relations with vendors, communicating requirements such as quantity, delivery times, and quality.
- Oversee analysis of supply chain effectiveness, vendor risk, and vendor performance.
- Work to develop efficient, cost-effective supply chain strategies and manage company inventory.
- Adapt supply chain to deal with changes in the market and suppliers.