Supply chain professionals are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the supply chain. How does this differ from a logistics professional? A logistics professional will focus on four main aspects, including supply, production support, distribution and returns, whereas the supply chain professional will oversee the processes which occur within the overall supply chain, including the manufacturing and procurement processes.
Within supply chain management it is important to manage relationships with clients, suppliers, various teams (including the likes of logistics, procurement, customer service, etc.) and contractors to ensure the smooth running of the logistics process.
Supply chain professionals work within a variety of sectors, which allows for a rich range of experiences. However, before beginning your job search you would be advised to consider which sector would most suit you. This will help reduce your search area, and give you the opportunity to begin getting to know more about the sector you want to work in and the relevant news related to supply chain activity in that sector.
Employers run graduate schemes specifically in supply chain, as well as within logistics and procurement. Employers would prefer a 2:1, while candidates with degrees in operation management, supply chain or logistics would be beneficial most employers will welcome applications from a range of degrees. It is also possible to enter this profession without a first degree so if you are unable to get onto a graduate training scheme you would be advised to apply for advertised entry level positions closer to the time you would like to begin employment.