Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the supply, storage and distribution of goods, products and services produced and used by organisations.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in four workers have a Bachelor Degree.

Tasks

  • determining, implementing and monitoring purchasing, storage and distribution strategies, policies and plans
  • preparing and implementing plans to maintain required stock levels at minimum cost
  • negotiating contracts with suppliers to meet quality, cost and delivery requirements
  • monitoring and reviewing storage and inventory systems to meet supply requirements and control stock levels
  • operating recording systems to track all movements of supplies and finished goods, and ensuring re-ordering and re-stocking at optimal times
  • liaising with other departments and customers concerning requirements for outward goods and associated forwarding transportation
  • overseeing the recording of purchase, storage and distribution transactions
  • directing staff activities and monitoring their performance

Job Titles

  • Supply and Distribution Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Supply and Distribution Manager

    Manages the supply, storage and distribution of goods produced by an organisation.

    Specialisations: Logistics Manager, Logistics Officer (Air Force), Ordnance Corps Officer (Army), Supply Chain Manager, Supply Officer (Navy), Transport Corps Officer (Army)

  • Procurement Manager

    Manages the procurement and purchasing of materials, products and services for an organisation.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,650 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    44,000
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    83.0%
  • Female Share

    17.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    96.3%

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This is a large occupation employing 44,000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 44.4 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,650 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200525000
200627400
200727800
200827000
200932700
201028100
201132700
201241700
201327900
201440100
201544000
202045500

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsSupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings16501230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategorySupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersAll Jobs Average
Full-time96.368.4
Part-time3.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)44.440.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing39.0
Manufacturing15.5
Wholesale Trade14.3
Public Administration and Safety5.0
Other Industries26.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW34.431.8
VIC26.125.5
QLD21.619.8
SA4.76.8
WA10.211.2
TAS1.22.0
NT0.71.1
ACT1.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-241.0-9.99.9
25-3417.0-23.423.4
35-4436.8-21.721.7
45-5428.3-21.121.1
55-598.5-8.78.7
60-644.7-5.95.9
65 and Over3.8-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategorySupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males83.0Males53.6
Females17.0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSupply, Distribution and Procurement ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree27.4-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV12.0-18.918.9
Year 1222.0-18.718.7
Years 11 & 109.6-17.717.7
Below Year 103.0-8.18.1

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in four workers have a Bachelor Degree.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Production and Processing

    84% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Administration and Management

    82% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  3. Transportation

    82% Important

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  4. English Language

    80% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    70% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    92% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    90% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Interacting With Computers

    90% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    87% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Developing and Building Teams

    87% Important

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

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