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Supply chain manager

A supply chain manager oversees the supply, storage and distribution of products. Supply chain managers are also known as supply and distribution managers. 

Find out what a supply chain manager does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job.

What is a supply chain manager?

As a supply chain manager, you will plan the logistics of supply, transport, storage and distribution of goods.

You will manage inventory systems and budgets. You may also negotiate contracts with suppliers and manage staff.

It’s a process driven role that suits people who are good with big picture thinking.

Find out more about supply chain managers(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

Search for related vocational and education training (VET) courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for supply and distribution managers in Australia is $1,696.  

Source: Your Career(opens in a new window)

Note this salary is current as of May 2024 and is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the projected employment forecasts for supply and distribution manager jobs in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan2,3792.2%302
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan5421.7%60
Melbourne – southern metropolitan2,0801.9%241
Melbourne – northern metropolitan1,7702.5%238
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan1,6071.8%183
Melbourne – western metropolitan1,8961.9%222
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)3062.1%37
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)3611.9%42
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)5332.3%68
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)761.2%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)1621.7%18
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)2792.0%33
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)2962.3%38
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)1961.5%20

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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