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What are supply chain managers and why are they so important?

Supply chain managers are essential to businesses getting products to customers on time and at a reasonable price. Amplio makes any CSM’s life easier ✓

A supply chain manager is an important role in any business. A supply chain manager is responsible for managing the flow of goods and services to their company and its customers. This job can be done on a large or small scale depending on the size of the business.

There are many jobs of supply chain management. The main responsibility of a supply chain manager is to ensure that their company has adequate inventory at all times to meet customer demand, while also ensuring that costs are kept low enough so that profits are maximized. This requires having an understanding of how much inventory should be purchased at one time so there's enough product but not too much sitting around waiting for customers to buy it, as well as knowing when it's time to replenish stock as they run out (or even stop selling items altogether).

Managing the supply chain is an essential job

Supply chain management is an essential part of every company. It’s a broad term that can mean different things to different people, but ultimately it involves the planning and execution of all activities that ensure a product gets from its raw materials through to the customer. It’s a complex process involving many moving parts.

The supply chain manager oversees all aspects of production, distribution and delivery. Their job is to ensure that goods are available when they’re needed, which includes forecasting demand.

How much do supply chain managers make?

Supply chain managers make around $90,000-$150,000. They usually work in manufacturing, logistics, or retail industries and they're paid the highest salaries in the oil and gas industry. While supply chain manager certifications exist, they’re typically unnecessary to excel in the industry.

Supply chain manager job description

Supply chain managers are an integral part of any company's operations, especially if they do business globally. They oversee everything that goes into getting products made, delivered, and sold to customers—from raw materials through production to distribution and sales.

Why is supply chain management so stressful?

Careers in supply chain management can be stressful for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is due to its importance. The supply chain manager job is tasked with overseeing the financial viability of a business, which means that their performance directly impacts the success or failure of an organization. If a company's supply chain manager makes bad decisions, then money is lost and/or products don't get produced correctly.

If you're in charge of managing a supply chain, it's difficult to know if your efforts are having any positive impact on the company as a whole. It takes time for changes to take effect within a supply chain; sometimes you have no idea if what you're doing is working until long after your decisions have been made. This can make it tough for people who are new at this kind of job (or even veterans) because they may not be able to see results right away—and they may also be unsure whether or not their actions were effective until later on down the road when everything has settled down again!

Common obstacles for supply chain managers

As the number of products, services, and suppliers in your business expands, so does your need for a tightly managed, efficient supply chain. This is because each new supplier adds to the complexity of your operations. In order to keep up with this complexity and remain competitive in today's fast-paced marketplaces, it's important that you have effective processes and systems in place to manage those suppliers effectively.

Managing multiple suppliers can be tricky because many factors must be taken into account when determining how much product should be ordered from each supplier at any given time (i.e., shelf life/production capacity). As you add more products and services from different industries into one centralized location within your organization there will likely be some problems along the way that need solving before everything runs smoothly again. These may include certain delays or disruptions due to unforeseen circumstances outside human control like supplier shortages due to weather conditions affecting crops' growth rates during harvest season or even things as global as political turmoil.

Great supply chain managers work closely with their engineering team

A supply chain manager should be able to communicate with the engineering team, explain the supply chain to them, and answer their questions. The lines of communication must be open at all times. When there are problems in any part of the process that can't be fixed by engineering alone, it's important for managers and engineers to work together until a solution is found.

They help manage budgets and keep track of the money

A supply chain manager is in charge of ensuring that the money is spent wisely and on what they need. They do this by creating a budget and monitoring how much money is being spent over time. This allows them to make adjustments where needed and keep track of where they are investing their resources.

While many supply chain managers track their bill of materials manually, tools like Amplio offer simple solutions for BOM analytics and risk mitigation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a lot about our supply chains.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a lot about how important supply chain management is when it comes to protecting public health: it's clear now more than ever before that supply chain resilience is an essential part of a supply chain manager's risk mitigation strategy. Not only for businesses but it's also imperative that governments prioritize improving their countries' ability to maintain a steady supply chain for food and protective equipment amidst widespread outbreaks by investing heavily into their own domestic production capacity rather than relying too heavily on imports from abroad.

We all depend on supply chain management working well, so those who do it are very important people.

Suppose you're a business owner, and you want to make sure your company is running as smoothly as possible. How would you do it?

Supply chain management professionals are the ones who make sure this happens by working with their teams to ensure the supply chain is always working smoothly. As such, they are an essential part of any successful business.

The next time you go to the store or get something delivered, think about how much work went into getting that product there and the benefit of supply chain management. Without a good supply chain management team, we'd be stuck with empty shelves and shut-down factories.

If you're interested in developing a more resilient supply chain, reach out to Amplio to learn how!

Written by
Terry Jeffords

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