Hunter Campbell’s Supply Chain Salary & Employment Forecast Series profiles roles within the Supply Chain job family including jobs in demand, salaries, and employment prospects.
In our eighth instalment, the role of Supply Chain Co-ordinator is in the spotlight.
Purpose of the role
A Supply Chain Co-ordinator is a job that can be very varied in a Supply Chain environment.
Supply Chain Co-ordinators will often be found in large companies with an established Supply Chain function who require a team member to assist across various tasks depending on workflow. Alternatively, the role can be found in smaller Supply Chain teams where there is a need for an all-rounder who is capable of taking on a wide range of day-to-day duties across different functions.
While traditionally a Supply Chain Co-ordinator role may be perceived as an entry point or graduate opportunity to gain experience, there can also be senior level roles that may act as a 2IC to a Supply Chain Manager in many organizations.
This role is a fantastic entry point into a career within Supply Chain and you will likely gain invaluable skills across various functions that will be beneficial for the next steps in your career.
Pathways considerably vary to becoming a Supply Chain Co-ordinator.
A common route is for candidates to come through universities with Supply Chain majors within Commerce. These candidates take either a graduate role or they can be appointed directly as a Supply Chain Co-ordinator. For these candidates, the role is a great first opportunity to put the education and theory they have learned into practice in a practical environment.
Those already working often opt to study towards qualifications such as a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from NZPICS. Gaining these qualifications demonstrates a commitment to higher learning that is highly regarded by many employers and will give candidates an additional edge.
We also see candidates who have worked their way up to a job as a Supply Chain Co-ordinator from a Warehousing or Administration role.
If you would like to find out more about the role of Supply Chain Co-ordinator, please contact Consultant Nick McConnochie. Nick specializes in the recruitment of Supply Chain, Procurement & Operations roles. For more news and views visit our website by clicking here, see what opportunities we have available here .