Supply Chain

 

Quick Facts

2014 Median Salary
$62,000 (Bachelor)

2014 Top Hiring Employers
Deloitte
The Boeing Company
Huron Consulting Group
Ernst & Young

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What do Supply Chain majors do?

Supply Chain Management studies the movement of materials from their procurement as raw material, parts, or components through the manufacturing or processing sector to the marketing and distribution of end products for industrial or commercial users. Graduates apply both analytical and creative thinking abilities in consulting, manufacturing or logistics companies, starting as analysts or project managers.

In 2014, out of students graduating with a Supply Chain major:

  • 29% started their careers in Supply Chain Management
  • 34% started their careers in Consulting
  • 20% started their careers in Finance and Accounting
  • 9% started their careers in General Management

What kinds of jobs do Supply Chain majors get?

 

Supply Chain ManagementConsulting

In 2014, 29% of Supply Chain graduates started their careers in Supply Chain Management with an average starting salary of $57,478.

Supply Chain Management encompasses:

  • Procurement – The contracting of goods and services with an emphasis on supply source development/analysis, goal-setting, bidding, negotiations, and ethical considerations.
  • Logistics – Responsible for performing market analysis of vendor competitiveness, support analysis for contract negotiation and review, tracking vendor performance, executing modal analysis, analyzing cost, risk, and service, analyzing transportation asset utilization and optimizing distribution networks.
  • Supply Chain Analysts – Work with third-party suppliers and contractors with emphasis on supply/demand market analysis, supply source strategy development, management information systems, financial analysis, bidding and negotiating, contracting, supplier relationship management, and performance management.
Sample Supply Chain Management Full-Time Posting
Supply Chain Manager at John Deere
Supply Management professionals at John Deere have a variety of career opportunities including: operational support (order fulfillment process), cost management, logistics, strategic sourcing, supplier development, product delivery process and new product development. Assignments like these will let you demonstrate your capabilities while contributing directly to the company’s strategies and initiatives.
Sample Supply Chain Management Full-Time Posting
Supply Chain Analyst at W.W. Grainger
The focus of our full time hire program is to provide meaningful experiences that help new college hires learn the organization as well as develop a career within our Global Supply Chain. We are looking for Supply Chain Analyst/Associates to work in: Product Management, Global Purchasing, Inventory Management, Logistics Management, and Distribution Center Operations.
In 2014, 34% of Supply Chain graduates started their careers in Consulting with an average starting salary of $67,563.

Supply Chain Consultants develop integrated solutions that transform businesses. Work on projects that require complex systems and application integration. Provide program management services and support strategic business imperatives while enhancing operational performance and increasing a client’s competitiveness.

Sample Consulting Full-Time Posting
Consultant with Hitachi Consulting
Our new Consultants join our Consulting Core Practice and work as team members to provide our clients with consulting services that support our solution offerings. Activities may include: information collection and analysis, comprehensive solution design, creating professional presentations and other written communications, systematically organizing tasks and effectively managing simultaneous priorities and commitments, identifying and communicating project issues and participating in problem resolution, and interfacing and working effectively with client’s personnel and building client relationships.

How do I get a job in Supply Chain?

Landing a great internship and full-time job in Supply Chain is a process and preparation begins from your very first semester as a College of Business student. Your first step is to plan ahead using the charts below. Then you want to make sure you are proactively preparing yourself to secure an internship on your way to your future career. Everyone’s college experience is different, but below are typical job search sequences for Supply Chain majors.

Traditional 4-YearTransfer (2nd Year)Transfer (3rd Year)
1st Semester Apply for BCS Job Shadow
Begin completing internship checklist
2nd Semester Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity*
Summer Work a part-time job for experience and/or take summer classes
3rd Semester Apply for second BCS Job Shadow
Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or summer internship
4th Semester Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or
summer internship and/or
winter internship (to be done in 6th semester)
Summer Summer internship or
Part-time job or
Classes (if you will have a winter internship your 6th semester)
5th Semester Apply for summer internship
6th Semester Apply for summer internship
Participate in winter internship (if applicable)
Summer Summer internship
7th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)
8th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)

*Here is some additional information to consider as you plan your job search:

  • Career Exploration Opportunities are programs or conferences that companies host to expose students to their company and industry. These events can run for one to several days and typically take place in the summer, although some one-day programs are held during the school year. Since they are short-term, you may be able to participate in one in addition to having a summer internship or part-time job. Career Exploration Opportunities are posted in Handshake and can be found by searching for the Career Exploration Opportunity position type.
    Sample Career Exploration Opportunity
    Inspiration Consulting Summit with Hitachi Consulting
    The Inspiration Consulting Summit is a three day program that focuses on exercising problem solving skills, generating solutions from processes, counseling clients through business issues, and implementing effective organizational changes. The Summit introduces undergraduates to various Hitachi Consulting career paths through interactions with our leaders. Students will complete the program with valuable relationships and effective skills to become the leaders of tomorrow and learn how to apply key consulting concepts to their everyday projects.
  • Your priority should be getting an internship. Some companies have structured internship programs that are designed with the possibility of being offered a full-time position following a successful internship. Other internships may not be designed to lead to full-time employment. Experience gained as an intern is highly valued by recruiters interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Some companies offer “co-op” experiences, which are internships during Spring or Fall semester. Since you will be skipping a semester of school, you should work with your academic adviser to plan your classes so that you can still graduate on schedule. The College of Business offers summer classes, if needed.
    Sample Co-Op Posting
    Johnson & Johnson
    The Co-op Program is a six-month program focused on providing college students with practical business experience. Co-op program participant roles include financial accounting and analysis, sales & marketing finance, operations finance, research and development finance, and internal audit. Specific responsibilities may include budget support, capital budgeting, financial consolidation, month/year end closing procedures, sales reporting and analysis, account reconciliation, and inter-company accounting.
  • Recruiting for spring semester internships/co-ops takes place one year in advance, e.g. in Spring 2015 for internships/co-ops starting January 2016.
  • The timing for internship recruiting varies. Some companies recruit for summer internships during the preceding fall semester, others will recruit in the spring.
3rd Semester Apply for BCS Job Shadow
Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or
summer internship/co-op
Begin completing internship checklist
4th Semester Apply for Career Exploration Opportunity* and/or
summer internship and/or
winter internship (to be done in 6th semester)
Summer Summer internship or
Part-time job or
Classes (if you will have a winter internship your 6th semester)
5th Semester Apply for summer internship
6th Semester Apply for summer internship
Participate in winter internship (if applicable)
Summer Summer internship
7th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)
8th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)

*Here is some additional information to consider as you plan your job search:

  • Career Exploration Opportunities are programs or conferences that companies host to expose students to their company and industry. These events can run for one to several days and typically take place in the summer, although some one-day programs are held during the school year. Since they are short-term, you may be able to participate in one in addition to having a summer internship or part-time job. Career Exploration Opportunities are posted in Handshake and can be found by searching for the Career Exploration Opportunity position type.
    Sample Career Exploration Opportunity
    Inspiration Consulting Summit with Hitachi Consulting
    The Inspiration Consulting Summit is a three day program that focuses on exercising problem solving skills, generating solutions from processes, counseling clients through business issues, and implementing effective organizational changes. The Summit introduces undergraduates to various Hitachi Consulting career paths through interactions with our leaders. Students will complete the program with valuable relationships and effective skills to become the leaders of tomorrow and learn how to apply key consulting concepts to their everyday projects.
  • Your priority should be getting an internship. Some companies have structured internship programs that are designed with the possibility of being offered a full-time position following a successful internship. Other internships may not be designed to lead to full-time employment. Experience gained as an intern is highly valued by recruiters interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Some companies offer “co-op” experiences, which are internships during Spring or Fall semester. Since you will be skipping a semester of school, you should work with your academic adviser to plan your classes so that you can still graduate on schedule. The College of Business offers summer classes, if needed.
    Sample Co-Op Posting
    Johnson & Johnson
    The Co-op Program is a six-month program focused on providing college students with practical business experience. Co-op program participant roles include financial accounting and analysis, sales & marketing finance, operations finance, research and development finance, and internal audit. Specific responsibilities may include budget support, capital budgeting, financial consolidation, month/year end closing procedures, sales reporting and analysis, account reconciliation, and inter-company accounting.
  • Recruiting for spring semester internships/co-ops takes place one year in advance, e.g. in Spring 2015 for internships/co-ops starting January 2016.
  • The timing for internship recruiting varies. Some companies recruit for summer internships during the preceding fall semester, others will recruit in the spring.
5th Semester Begin completing internship checklist
Apply for summer internship
6th Semester Apply for summer internship
Summer Summer internship
7th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)
8th Semester Apply for full-time jobs (if not already secured)

*Here is some additional information to consider as you plan your job search:

  • Career Exploration Opportunities are programs or conferences that companies host to expose students to their company and industry. These events can run for one to several days and typically take place in the summer, although some one-day programs are held during the school year. Since they are short-term, you may be able to participate in one in addition to having a summer internship or part-time job. Career Exploration Opportunities are posted in Handshake and can be found by searching for the Career Exploration Opportunity position type.
    Sample Career Exploration Opportunity
    Inspiration Consulting Summit with Hitachi Consulting
    The Inspiration Consulting Summit is a three day program that focuses on exercising problem solving skills, generating solutions from processes, counseling clients through business issues, and implementing effective organizational changes. The Summit introduces undergraduates to various Hitachi Consulting career paths through interactions with our leaders. Students will complete the program with valuable relationships and effective skills to become the leaders of tomorrow and learn how to apply key consulting concepts to their everyday projects.
  • Your priority should be getting an internship. Some companies have structured internship programs that are designed with the possibility of being offered a full-time position following a successful internship. Other internships may not be designed to lead to full-time employment. Experience gained as an intern is highly valued by recruiters interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Some companies offer “co-op” experiences, which are internships during Spring or Fall semester. Since you will be skipping a semester of school, you should work with your academic adviser to plan your classes so that you can still graduate on schedule. The College of Business offers summer classes, if needed.
    Sample Co-Op Posting
    Johnson & Johnson
    The Co-op Program is a six-month program focused on providing college students with practical business experience. Co-op program participant roles include financial accounting and analysis, sales & marketing finance, operations finance, research and development finance, and internal audit. Specific responsibilities may include budget support, capital budgeting, financial consolidation, month/year end closing procedures, sales reporting and analysis, account reconciliation, and inter-company accounting.
  • Recruiting for spring semester internships/co-ops takes place one year in advance, e.g. in Spring 2015 for internships/co-ops starting January 2016.
  • The timing for internship recruiting varies. Some companies recruit for summer internships during the preceding fall semester, others will recruit in the spring.