What can I do with a major in supply chain management?

Supply chain management (SCM) consists of a set of approaches to efficiently integrate the flow of materials, finances and information from suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers to the final customer and back again. Supply chain management involves coordinating and integrating these flows both within and among companies. The primary objective of supply chain management is to improve the service levels to customers while reducing overall supply chain costs.

For students interested in a global career, SCM roles often offer a quicker path to international travel on the job than most other careers. Additionally, SCM often enables an efficient path to key executive-level opportunities.

The attributes of a SCM professional include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • An aptitude for technology
  • A talent for data analysis
  • A global perspective on business
  • The ability to maintain good professional relationships

Read about the supply chain management major at the School of Business.

View salary data for recent KU supply chain management graduates.

Tips for supply chain management students

  • Join the Supply Chain Management Club or other student organization to facilitate career exploration.
  • Develop strong analytical and interpersonal communication skills.

Top recruiters of KU SCM students

  • Cerner

  • Textron Aviation

  • American Airlines

  • J.C. Penney Co.

  • Ryan Transportation

Typical positions

  • Logistics analyst

  • Material planning manager

  • Operations analyst

  • Procurement manager

  • Purchasing specialist

  • Inventory control administrator

  • Supply chain business analyst

Additional SCM resources