It May Not Be Sexy… But Supply Chain Management Is Desired


“Supply Chain isn’t sexy.” Program Coordinator Shannon Geoffrey is no nonsense about it, “people don’t come out of high school and say… ‘Hey, I want to be a supply chain professional.’” That doesn’t mean that it’s not a viable career path. In fact, due to the growing need and diversity in the industry, it might be one of the best options for those needing to choose their next chapter.

Many are unaware of the definition of Supply Chain Management (SCM). Essentially, it’s the management of everything that needs to happen to get a product made and into the hands of the customer. From truck-drivers to warehouse managers, there must be trained people to accommodate the steps needed to get everything from A to B.

“Companies are starting to realize that Supply Chain (Management) is a profession. It’s starting to be seen as a core function of business and because of that… we don’t have enough people.” With a good percentage of the Baby-Boomer generation set to retire, they leave behind a void that MRU hopes to help fill.

Peter Wallis, President and CEO of the Van Horne Institute, a leading research institution for transportation, supply chain and logistics, estimates, “there’s about 27,000 jobs available in this workplace today across Canada. That number’s going to increase to about 37,000 and that will remain steady for the next five years. So, the demand is extensive and the demand is quite significant.”

With the recent economic downturn in Alberta and a potential salary range of $60,000 to $120,000 per year depending on position, industry and experience, SCM is definitely starting to sound a little sexier.