Depending on your capabilities, interests and ambitions, a career in supply chain management presents many options. With the right training and experience, there are opportunities from entry-level to executive in all sectors of the economy.

Sample Position Titles and Competencies

The Sample Position Titles and Competencies PDF (21.17 KB) document provides examples of typical position titles within the field of supply chain management. Also included are sample functional and managerial/professional competencies that would be demonstrated at each career stage.


Occupational Standards

SCMA is working with its partners at the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council to develop occupational standards for roles within the supply chain.

Occupational standards can be used by employers in developing job descriptions, competency profiles, planning employee education and training, and establishing succession plans. Employees can use them in identifying skills and knowledge needed for particular positions, assessing their abilities and training needs, and determining career paths.

Occupational standards have so far been developed for positions including:

Purchasing and Inventory Clerk
Inventory Manager
Materials Manager
Logistics Manager
Purchasing Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
Transportation Manager

Draft standards are now under developments for additional supply chain roles.

Career Stages

The knowledge, skills and abilities of an SCM professional must advance along with career stage. SCMA has identified three specific roles for SCM professionals as they progress through their careers.

Role of the SCM Professional Provider of business advice and information Tactical leader and operational decision-maker SCM leader and strategic decision-maker
Competency Early career Mid-career Career peak
Tool or Technique Know Do or apply Lead
Software or Service Research and evaluate Select Oversee implementation
Concept or Topic Explain phenomena Manage tactical assignments Lead strategic initiatives

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