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Supply Chain Analyst


Uses analytical and quantitative methods to understand, predict, and enhance supply chain processes. Responsible for assembling data, analyzing performance, identifying problems, and developing recommendations which support SCM planning and operations. A transportation analyst’s duties revolve around the performance of carriers and private fleets while a logistics analyst is responsible for a broad range of activities. Employed by manufacturers, retailers, logistics services providers, and other supply chain members.

Related Positions

Planner, Project Specialist, Coordinator

Key Duties

  • Gathers and interprets relevant data (costs, productivity, demand patterns, etc.)
  • Investigates problems, finds root causes, and develops solutions
  • Develops periodic performance reports and distributes them to stakeholders
  • Monitors contract compliance of carriers and other logistics service providers
  • Provides analytical support for projects, new business opportunities, and proposals
  • Coordinates delivery schedules and other supply chain activities

Required Skills

Strong quantitative and analytical skills; familiar with logistics and production planning concepts (e.g., just-in-time, materials requirement planning); broad range of computer skills—database, spreadsheet, statistics applications, and logistics software packages; understand contracts and tariffs; self-directed; ability to communicate findings, make recommendations, and facilitate change; comfortable working with individuals at all organizational levels; project management skills.

Career Path

Many individuals begin their careers in SCM as analysts. The variety and complexity of an analyst’s responsibilities increase as experience is gained. Successful analysts advance to the following positions: logistics engineer, senior analyst, project leader, manager of supply chain analysis, logistics manager, operations manager.

In their own words…

“My job is to analyze the movement of goods through the supply pipeline, monitor current processes, identify and analyze gaps, and develop process improvements. I am expected to use my skills in database management and spreadsheet analysis to help the organization increase cash flows, inventory turns, our customers’ satisfaction, and employee productivity.”

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