Supply Chain Management Concentration

Our Online Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management can teach you to incorporate new technologies and achieve competitive advantages by implementing the latest strategies and best practices. Through this concentration, you’ll have the opportunity to study both domestic and global supply chain management, sourcing and procurement, and sustainability in supply chain management.

Tap into an expertly designed curriculum that focuses on business, technology, and critical skills

Tap into an expertly designed curriculum that focuses on business, technology, and critical skills

Participate in courses limited to 20 students to develop a closer connection to faculty and peers

Participate in courses limited to 20 students to develop a closer connection to faculty and peers

Study at a top-tier business school with experience built into its DNA

Study at a top-tier business school with experience built into its DNA

Take part in our optional domestic campus residency where you can meet fellow online students on campus

Take part in our optional domestic campus residency where you can meet fellow online students on campus

Take part in our optional domestic campus residency where you can meet fellow online students on campus

Graduate in as few as two years

Online MBA with a Supply Chain Management Concentration

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Our Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Supply Chain Management is designed to accommodate your busy schedule. Our curriculum can teach you to incorporate new technologies and achieve competitive advantages by implementing the latest strategies and best practices. Through this concentration, you’ll have the opportunity to study both domestic and global supply chain management, sourcing and procurement, and sustainability in supply chain management. You’ll also be able to grow the knowledge and skills needed to make you a trusted leader as the field evolves.

The courses in this concentration cover a range of topics, including supply chain management in dynamic business environments, understanding the value of sustainability in supply chain management, major issues affecting global supply chain relationships, and supply chain security and risk management.

Three of your five electives must be from the following concentration-specific courses:

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • The Transportation Industries
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Sustainability and Supply Chain Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management

A Look at Supply Chain Management Careers

Graduates with expertise in supply chain management can pursue positions such as operations manager/operations director, purchasing manager/purchasing director, logistics manager/logistics director, operations research analyst, procurement manager/procurement director, and supply chain manager/director of supply chain management. Factors such as industry, experience, education, and job location all influence the specific roles, job titles, and salaries that graduates may be able to pursue.

Most of the careers that follow are split into two categories. Managerial positions are suited for students pursuing an MBA to change paths and transition into new careers in supply chain management. Directorial positions are suited for those with experience in the field who are pursuing an MBA to advance their careers.

Operations Manager/Operations Director

Operations managers and operations directors are the catalysts behind a company’s smooth operational process. Together, they ensure that the different elements of a company’s operations run effectively and efficiently, from keeping employees safe to satisfying customers.

An operations manager makes a median annual salary of $65,700. Responsibilities include overseeing a company’s production of goods and services and conducting product quality control. An operations director makes a median annual salary of $87,800. Responsibilities include developing and implementing strategies to improve and standardize operational processes and aligning operational processes with corporate budgets and timelines.

Operations Manager/Operations Director Job Description

Operations managers typically oversee a company’s production of goods and services, a process that usually involves managing numerous departments, such as purchasing, manufacturing, and warehousing. Another common responsibility is ensuring optimal product quality control.

Those in operations director positions commonly create, develop, and implement strategies to optimize company procedures. They shape this vision by adhering to factors driven by efficiency, including budgets, timelines, and company goals.

Operations Manager/Operations Director Salary

According to PayScale, the median annual salary for operations managers was approximately $65,700 as of November 2020. PayScale further reports that those with 10 to 19 years of experience in the role earned a median annual salary of around $72,700, and those with 20 or more years of experience received a median annual salary of about $79,400.

Operations directors earned a median annual salary of approximately $87,800 as of November 2020, according to PayScale. Those with 10 to 19 years of experience in the role received a median annual salary of around $98,600, while those with 20 or more years of experience received a median annual salary of approximately $112,600.

Purchasing Manager/Purchasing Director

Purchasing managers and purchasing directors play a vital role in ensuring that a company’s supply chain and logistics processes run in a financially efficient manner. By keeping an eye on purchasing and operations costs, those in the roles work to keep costs down and optimize profitability.

A purchasing manager makes a median annual salary of $67,500. Responsibilities include reviewing proposals for new purchasing strategies and projects and working with marketing teams to help create marketing strategies. A purchasing director makes a median annual salary of $89,300. Responsibilities include overseeing a company’s purchasing and logistics processes and engaging in vendor research and contract negotiation.

Purchasing Manager/Purchasing Director Job Description

Purchasing managers seek supply chain cost savings in several ways, from cultivating relationships with vendors and clients as leverage for contract negotiations to reviewing supply chain-related projects to spot and correct cost inefficiencies. They also typically manage employees involved in a company’s buying and distribution procedures and can work with a company’s marketing department to develop logistics-friendly marketing strategies.

Purchasing directors typically oversee the overarching strategies for a company’s purchasing and logistics process. They conduct market research to find vendors and forge new vendor relationships through the initial contract negotiation stage. They also develop strategies to set a company’s inventory and budget parameters.

Purchasing Manager/Purchasing Director Salary

According to PayScale, the median annual salary for purchasing managers was approximately $67,500 as of November 2020, with the top 10% earning a median annual salary of around $100,000. Factors such as experience and job location can contribute to top-tier salaries.

PayScale listed the median annual salary for purchasing directors at $89,300 as of November 2020, with the top 10% earning a median annual salary of around $145,000. As with purchasing managers, experience and job location can influence compensation.

Logistics Manager/Logistics Director

Logistics managers and logistics directors ensure that a company’s supply chain allows supplies and equipment to be at the right place at the right time. Their work is vital to supply chain cohesion, which ultimately allows a company to meet customer demand in a timely manner without going over budget.

A logistics manager makes a median annual salary of $74,750. Responsibilities include overseeing movement and distribution of an organization’s materials and ensuring employee adherence to safety guidelines. A logistics director makes a median annual salary of $100,900. Responsibilities include analyzing and adjusting a company’s logistics processes to optimize profitability and designing and managing a company’s shipping and tactical systems.

Logistics Manager/Logistics Director Job Description

Logistics managers oversee the flow of incoming materials and outgoing finished products. This process involves keeping track of workers from a wide variety of departments, including warehouse, transportation, and customer service. They may also observe and enforce regulations and company-specific safety measures.

Logistic directors design, implement, and oversee a company’s logistics strategies, which aim to reduce costs and optimize profitability. They typically accomplish this by building the framework of a company’s shipping and tactical systems. They also typically analyze procedural methods, which various parts of the supply chain deploy, for weaknesses and can create strategies to shore up vulnerabilities.

Logistics Manager/Logistics Director Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes the logistics manager role in an overarching category of logisticians. The BLS reports that the median annual salary for logisticians was approximately $74,750 as of May 2019, with the top 10% earning a median annual salary of more than $120,400.

According to PayScale, logistics directors earned a median annual salary of about $100,900 as of November 2020, and those in the top 10% earned a median annual salary of around $151,000. Factors such as experience, job location, and industry can shape what logistics directors earn.

Operations Research Analyst

Operations research analysts act as efficiency experts, using various forms of analytics to streamline an organization’s processes and boost the bottom line.

An operations research analyst makes a median annual salary of $84,810. Responsibilities include identifying and resolving issues in company supply chain logistics, analyzing organizational information from various sources to spot inefficiencies, writing reports and documents explaining findings and problem-solving recommendations, and advising managers and executives on various outcomes related to logistics problem solving.

Operations Research Analyst Job Description

Those in operations research analyst roles work with various departments to spot procedural inefficiencies and recommend solutions to improve processes. They typically use an array of data analysis tactics, such as statistical analysis, predictive modeling, and simulations, to identify problems and suggest improvements. They also typically advise company decision-makers on how policies and actions affect efficiency.

Operations Research Analyst Salary

The BLS lists the median annual salary for operations research analysts at $84,810 as of May 2019, with those in the top 10% earning a median annual salary of more than $140,800. Experience, education, and job location can determine the salary an individual earns.

Procurement Manager/Procurement Director

Procurement managers and procurement directors oversee the transactions needed to build a supply chain. Their work in finding, cultivating, and maintaining business relationships with suppliers and vendors is crucial to minimizing hiccups in a supply chain’s operation.

A procurement manager makes a median annual salary of $82,000. Responsibilities include directing buyers and purchasing agents throughout the supply chain process and negotiating agreements and contracts with suppliers and vendors. A procurement director makes a median annual salary of $122,200. Responsibilities include monitoring supply chain transactions to optimize efficiency and developing and monitoring guidelines for supply chain purchase approvals.

Procurement Manager/Procurement Director Job Description

Procurement managers commonly guide buyers and purchasing agents through a company’s supply chain processes, including overseeing the relationship between a company’s supply chain-related departments and suppliers. They commonly deploy analytical skills to help companies research, identify, and negotiate contracts with vendors. They may also help companies determine budgeting strategies that align with industry changes.

Procurement directors commonly focus on the transactions between a business and its suppliers to optimize a supply chain’s timeliness and financial efficiency. They also develop and implement company guidelines that shape the supply chain purchasing process, a strategy that can involve establishing material budgets and cost reduction initiatives.

Procurement Manager/Procurement Director Salary

According to PayScale, the median annual salary for procurement managers was around $82,000 as of November 2020. PayScale further reports that the median annual salary for those in the top 10% was around $119,000.

PayScale listed the median annual salary for procurement directors at approximately $122,200 as of November 2020. This figure increased to around $161,000 for those in the top 10% of industry earners. Experience can dictate the precise amount earned, as can job location. According to PayScale, procurement directors in New York City earned 13% above the national average, and procurement directors in Los Angeles earned 11% above the national average.

Supply Chain Manager/Director of Supply Chain Management

Supply chain managers and directors of supply chain management make sure a company’s entire supply chain is efficient and cost-effective from beginning to end. They are essentially the gears that keep the many moving parts of a company’s supply chain moving together to function as a cohesive unit. This cohesiveness serves as a foundational element for numerous corporate goals, including profitability, customer retention, growth strategies, and employee satisfaction.

A supply chain manager makes a median annual salary of $83,100. Responsibilities include coordinating components of a company’s supply chain and cultivating collaborative relationships with suppliers. A director of supply chain management makes a median annual salary of $125,400. Responsibilities include developing strategies to deliver efficient supply chain processes and adjusting supply chains to align with market and supplier changes.

Supply Chain Manager/Director of Supply Chain Management Job Description

Supply chain managers oversee the coordination of supply chain elements, such as inventory, logistics, and procurement procedures. They also develop supplier relationships and foster teamwork between supply chain-related departments, such as sales and customer service, to further strengthen supply chain efficiency. Those in the role also commonly oversee employee schedules and supply chain activities to keep the process efficient and cost-effective.

Directors of supply chain management typically provide the vision for a company’s supply chain processes. They work to turn that vision into reality by developing actionable strategies and motivating key members of the supply chain. They also analyze markets relating to supply chain components (raw materials, manufacturing, shipping) and target customers to optimize efficiency. They typically recommend adjustments to the supply chain to align with market changes based on their findings.

Supply Chain Manager/Director of Supply Chain Management Salary

PayScale listed the median annual salary for supply chain managers at approximately $83,100 as of November 2020. PayScale also noted that the top 10% of earners in the field made a median annual salary of around $118,000.

PayScale listed the median annual salary for directors of supply chain management at roughly $125,400 as of November 2020. According to PayScale, directors of supply chain management in the top 10% earned a median annual salary of approximately $169,000.

A Multifaceted Career Path

Proper supply chain management can make the difference between satisfied and disappointed customers. Those with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the numerous supply chain careers help deliver results that can decide whether a business thrives or fails.

Northeastern University’s Online Master of Business Administration program can prepare you to become a valuable piece in a company’s supply chain puzzle. Our program’s concentration in Supply Chain Management is designed to ensure that you’re ready to embrace and resolve the field’s challenges, at a pace built to fit your schedule. Learn how we can help you take your next bold career step.

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Devex, Head of Supply Chain Operations
G2, “What Does an Operations Research Analyst Actually Do?”
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Houston Chronicle, “Job Requirements for a Logistics Manager”
Houston Chronicle, “The Role of an Operations Manager”
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PayScale, Average Director, Supply Chain Management Salary
PayScale, Average Operations Director Salary
PayScale, Average Operations Manager Salary
PayScale, Average Procurement Director Salary
PayScale, Average Procurement Manager Salary
PayScale, Average Purchasing Director Salary
PayScale, Average Purchasing Manager Salary
PayScale, Average Supply Chain Manager Salary
PayScale, Average Logistics Director Salary
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Graduate Certificates

Northeastern also offers a selection of online graduate certificates in seven relevant business topics. In these focused programs, you’ll take four to five graduate courses and tailor your learning experience to suit your goals. All certificate coursework is designed and taught by the industry-active, expert faculty from the world-class D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Earn an online graduate-level credential in as few as five months, or take up to two years to complete. Upon completion of your graduate certificate program, you may be able to further your business education by applying your credits toward an eligible master’s degree such as Northeastern’s Online MBA or Part-Time MBA.

Graduate certificates are available in:

  • Accounting and Financial Decision Making
  • Business Administration
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Renewal
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management