Supply Chain Management
Do you want a fast-paced career in a field that is in high demand from companies in technology, manufacturing, retail, logistics, healthcare, and consulting? If you enjoy working with people, problem-solving, and want to travel internationally, consider specializing in supply chain management!
Supply Chain Careers
The average starting salary for BGSU supply chain graduates is $50,000 and many receive multiple job offers. You might go to work for one of the BGSU Supply Management Institute member companies.
Entry level positions focus on activities such as:
- Planning: Ensuring employees, materials, and equipment are available at the right time to serve customers
- Sourcing: Purchasing goods and services, negotiating, and building strategic supplier relationships
- Making: Scheduling operations, managing inventory, and supervising a work team
- Delivering: Building customer relationships, and managing logistics including distribution and transportation
Some companies offer leadership development programs in which you work in several of these supply chain areas during your first two or three years.
Meet some of our recent graduates!
Leigh Anderson, Transport Scheduling Analyst at Marathon Petroleum Corporation
I schedule transport trucks to deliver fuel to Speedway Convenience Stores in Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana. The job is very fast pace and challenging with no day being the same as the last. I work the night shift from 5pm to 5am and the time flies by.
Corrie Jones, Supply Chain Leadership Program Participant, Owens Corning
Working for Owens Corning has given me so many incredible opportunities. They sponsor several Habitat for Humanity builds a year. It is awesome to know the company I work for truly cares about the community and empowers its people to get together and make a difference.
Brad Woleslagel, Strategic Sourcing Analyst, Global Supply Chain at First Solar, Inc.
The greatest thing about my job and working in Supply Chain is the fact that I get to work with individuals on so many different levels, and in so many different countries. You learn a lot about not only global supply chain, but global business as a whole which opens up your mind to just how fascinating and unique different regions of the world are. In a career field that is ever evolving, that experience is something I cherish.
Paid internships will help you to explore a career in supply chain management. Over 85% of BGSU Supply Chain students complete an internship. Honda, John Deere, Marathon Petroleum, Owens Corning, and Owens Illinois and many other companies recruit on-campus for supply chain interns.
Learn more about what you might do on an internship.
The supply chain program at BGSU is highly regarded. BGSU supply chain graduates are senior executives in firms such as Bechtel, CACI, Cooper Tire & Rubber, Diebold, GAP Inc., GE Lighting, Honda, Husqvarna, Huntington Bank, Microsoft, Scotts Miracle-Gro, and Swagelok.
The student Supply Chain Management Association, is one of the top 10 APICS student chapters. Students also receive national awards from APICS and ISM.
BGSU students Katie Post and Alex Shock received 2014 R. Gene Richter Scholarships sponsored by the Institute for Supply Management.
2014 BGSU Graduate Beth Albers was presented the 2013 APICS Student Voluntary Service Award at the APICS International Conference. Ms. Albers also was a 2013 recipient of the R. Gene Richer Scholarship.
BGSU SCM students are awarded over $30,000 in scholarship each year thanks in large part to the Supply Chain Management Institute member companies, NAPM Toledo, APICS Toledo, and the generosity of alumni. The scholarship application process begins in the spring semester.
In addition, a specialization in supply chain management can compliment other areas especially international business.