Overview

A supply chain manager is a manager who is responsible for the management of equipment, hardware, and other logistical details of a company or a company’s division. It is their job to manage all of the steps needed to purchase raw materials; deliver it to various points throughout the business; ensure that the company makes enough of its product to meet customer demand; and deliver the output to the right destinations on time.

Such managers must be responsible for every step along the way, from raw material to finished product. If they does their job properly, there will not be much fanfare since everything is going as expected. However, if they are not able to capably do the job, the effects will be felt all throughout a company, from salesmen to customer service people to any types of field service personnel.

Supply chain managers have typically not been regarded as one of the more glamorous management positions. However, they occupy an important role in a firm’s overall management and strategy. Indeed, with technology advances in recent years they have become much more important and much more valued - and as a result, much better compensated than in the past.

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