A supply chain supervisor's main responsibility is providing hands-on leadership to subordinates, directing the team members under their supervision to meet organizational goals. They provide instruction and training for their subordinates, as well as establish procedures and schedules. Additionally, supply chain supervisors are responsible for making sure that all problems that emerge are quickly and efficiently resolved. They also need to ensure that all procedures, processes, and activities related to the supply chain are performed up to company standards, and they must develop suggestions on how to improve them. Other tasks performed by supply chain supervisors include making sure all safety procedures are followed and that all work areas are clean and well-maintained.
This is generally a full-time position that takes place in an office setting. Shifts that supply chain supervisors work may vary depending on the needs of their company. Work in a warehouse setting may occasionally required as well.
Supply chain supervisor positions generally require at least a high school diploma or equivalent, but a postsecondary degree is usually preferred. Previous supply-chain experience is needed as well. Supply chain supervisors should have excellent leadership skills, flexibility, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences. Supply chain supervisors should also be proficient with basic computer software, as well as detail-oriented.
Supply Chain Supervisor Tasks
Obtain, analyze and interpret supply chain relevant data.
Use analysis results to improve supply chain processes, performance and to reduce costs.
Perform analyses with this data using analytical models and mathematical analysis.