To help our students succeed in the labour market, we at Oxbridge Academy decided to analyse a cross-section of supply chain-related job advertisements to find out what exactly employers are looking for in a supply chain manager.
What we found was that most employers are looking for the following 6 skills in their prospective supply chain managers:
1. 68% of all jobs required: Communication skills
The most important skills in this profession – according to employers – seem to be communication skills. These include both written and oral communication skills, as well as good interpersonal skills.
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2. 64% of all jobs required: Computer skills
Computer skills are the second most in-demand skill in supply chain management. The required skills range from simple computer literacy to a working knowledge of industry-specific software. Most job advertisements, however, listed MS Excel skills as a minimum requirement.
Proficiency in the following software packages is often listed as “advantageous” by employers:
Find out more about taking an online course in: Computer Concepts
3. 40% of all jobs required: Analytical skills
Strong analytical skills, along with strong numerical and conceptual thinking skills, are essential in this profession.
One employer gives an example of why these skills are important: “[you need to] contribute to the budget construction by validating the Supply Chain assumptions, the production plan, component needs and stocks hypothesis.” (Source: Skills Portal)
4. 36% of all jobs required: Planning skills
Planning and scheduling skills are crucial. These skills will come in handy during your day-to-day duties (described in many of the job advertisements), as you will be responsible for co-ordinating all supply chain activities for your employer. Find out more about taking an online course in: Managing Multiple Projects
5. 36% of all jobs required: Negotiating skills
You will need negotiating and influencing skills, as you will be working with retailers, suppliers, and vendors to procure the best products at the best prices for your employers.
6. 32% of all jobs required: Problem solving skills
In supply chain management, things can easily go wrong. A shipment can be late, a tracking number can get lost, a wrong delivery can arrive, or product specifications could’ve been misinterpreted. It is your duty to resolve these and other problems that might arise. Thus, over a third of employers place a big emphasis on “strong” problem solving skills.
Find out more about taking an online course in: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Other skills that employers look for when hiring supply chain management professionals
In the job advertisements we analysed, employers also listed the following skills requirements:
- Customer service skills
- Networking skills
- Presentation skills
- Teamwork skills
Get the Skills You Need With an Online Course
Anyone can list the above-mentioned skills on their CV, but not everyone can back those skills up with a legitimate skills-training certificate. Studying one of Oxbridge Academy’s short online courses will earn you a certificate in any of the following skills areas:
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Creativity and Innovation
- Computer Concepts
- Communication and Collaboration
- Effective Time Management
- Managing Multiple Projects
These courses are quick, stress-free, and affordable, and can be studied from home in your spare time.
See our full online course list here: Online Short Courses
Study a full Supply Chain Management Course
If you want to develop a comprehensive set of vocational skills that will enable you to build a career in supply chain management, you can study an Oxbridge Academy Supply Chain Management course instead. These courses are also available via distance learning, allowing you to study from home and in your spare time.
See Oxbridge Academy’s full Supply Chain Management course list here: Supply Chain, Logistics and Shipping Courses