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Indiana University Bloomington

Supply Chain Alliance

Prospective Students

Make supply chain management your career choice: Great prospects, varied careers

Supply chain management—matching the supply of a product to demand on a global scale—is a career choice new to many students. It involves the management and understanding of all business activities involved in product supply from purchasing raw materials, to transporting them to their manufacturing destination, to distributing them to the final customer.

The global marketplace has redefined demand and supply—items are made down the road or on the other side of the world— making supply chain management even more critical to business today. Recruiters, even at the entry level, seek students with supply chain coursework from a dedicated supply chain program.


Supply chain management careers may encompass working in a manufacturing firm, in distribution or logistics, purchasing or inventory analysis, or in operations and supply chain consulting for a variety of businesses. Job titles include:

  • Materials Scheduler
  • Materials Analyst/Manager
  • Production Analyst/Manager
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Warehouse Operations Manager
  • Procurement Analyst/Purchasing Manager
  • Logistics Analyst/Manager
  • Process Engineer
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Facilities Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Transportation Manager
  • Supply Chain Systems Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Supply Chain Consultant

Supply Chain Student Organizations

Meet fellow supply chain students and find out more about supply chain careers through company presentations and visits by joining a student organization. For undergraduate students, the Supply Chain and Operations Management Association is the student-run supply chain organization and MBAs should join SOMA.