Center for Supply Chain Management

What is Supply Chain Management?

Supply chain management has evolved over the past 50 years to become a highly sophisticated, technology-dependent and collaborative discipline that combines the business functions of purchasing, operations, inventory management and warehousing, customer service, and logistics.

Operations and supply chain management is focused on managing the flow of goods, information and cash, while exceeding customer expectations at the lowest total cost possible.

Supply chain management occurs globally in organizations and represents a strategic advantage for many companies. In a supply chain role, you will face challenges across operational, tactical and strategic levels of business decisions.

How the supply chain works:

Supply chain management career possibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Distribution manager
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Operations supervisor
  • Warehouse management
  • Production planner/scheduler
  • Customer service analyst
  • Purchasing planner
  • Commodity specialist
  • Sourcing specialist
  • Procurement specialist
Supply Chain Management is an up-and-coming degree that applies to both the manufacturing and service industries. The supply chain management program here at Marquette is a world-class program that combines traditional lectures, applied learning and independent studies. My experience, particularly in the Applied Procurement course, gave me knowledge and skills that will help me succeed in a competitive global market. - Pat Ebbing, Bus Ad ’11

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