In this episode, Supply Chain Careers podcast hosts sit down with Julie Ryan as she shares her supply chain career journey and her experiences learning from leaders with integrity and a vision.
In order for a company to stay on top of its game, it needs to be constantly looking at ways to perform more efficiently. Current processes need to be analyzed and changes made where improvements will optimize the organizational performance. A Continuous Improvement Specialist has this responsibility. A Continuous Improvement Specialist analyzes a company’s processes and makes suggestions on how to improve them, working with the Operations and Supply Chain teams in recognizing opportunities, making and implementing changes, and sustaining improvements. This position is most often found, but not exclusively, in a manufacturing company.
Efficient, smooth, and precise movement of a product from manufacturing to the consumer is essential in a well-run supply chain system. It is a dance involving many players with the Logistics Coordinator as the choreographer. The Logistics Coordinator is a critical role that gets a company’s product from production to the consumer in a timely manner. The person in this role oversees all aspects of a company’s supply chain, from the preparation to transportation and finally to delivery, ensuring the flow of raw materials and final products from suppliers to retailers and customers.
The Sourcing Manager has the overall task of maintaining the company’s supply chain and ensuring that the organization always has access to the tools it needs to deliver. Let’s differentiate between “sourcing” and “procurement.”
The role of a Supply Chain Manager carries the responsibility of overseeing and managing every stage of the production flow for a company. This includes purchasing raw materials, delivering those materials to various points, ensuring the company makes enough product to meet customer demand, and delivering the final product to the right destinations on time and within budget.
Top-tier companies that are successful in meeting demand with supply and maximizing profitability more than likely have a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process that is actively managed. S&OP has grown into a major business process in order to manage the balance and trade-off between conflicting preferences of the supply and demand side of the supply chain. It is one of the most critical business processes used to achieve “best in class” performance for companies to consistently outperform competitors.
Podcast: Understanding the Total Picture of Supply Chain – with Office Depot Supply Chain Executive, Tray Anderson
Tray Anderson shares his passion for understanding the total picture of a supply chain and how his wide variety of companies and assignments have enabled that perspective.
If your company manufactures and produces products, there is a person who is tasked with overseeing and managing the entire process in the plant–the Plant Manager. The role of a plant manager is critical to the successful production of the product being manufactured. There are a lot of moving pieces in the plant that result in production and the manager must be on top of all of it.
The range of possible responsibilities for the position title of Supply Chain Analyst can be very broad and may be found in every part of supply chain and in every industry. This position naturally concentrates on understanding supply chains, but may be applied to purchasing/sourcing, production/operations, or logistics/distribution. A supply chain analyst needs to be able to access, interpret and leverage data to help companies make decisions for the sourcing, production, and distribution of products. They ensure that the company’s materials and products keep flowing and that supply meets the internal or customers’ demand, is delivered on time, and keeps the company on budget. They may evaluate supplier pricing, product mixes, or transportation costs, or possibly a blend of all these across the supply chain.
In order for a company to be successful, which includes being profitable, processes must be lean. Waste in time and resources has to be minimal or eliminated entirely with efficiency as the primary goal. The Industrial Engineer is the person who has the task of making sure production is designed to be efficacious. Industrial engineers devise efficient systems that combine workers, machines, materials, information and energy to produce a product or provide a service. Their focus is to design and develop processes and systems that increase productivity and quality standards.