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

  • $1,650 Weekly Pay
  • 41,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 96.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43.3 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 22.1% female Gender Share

The number of Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 41,000 in 2017 to 49,600 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 26,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Wholesale Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (96.2%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 22.1% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200727600
200829400
200925800
201031200
201132200
201234000
201335900
201431300
201539200
201643300
201741000
202249600

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Warehousing29.8
Wholesale Trade18.4
Manufacturing17.2
Retail Trade5.5
Other Industries29.1

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 2017, 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
NSW34.131.6
VIC30.326.2
QLD16.319.7
SA6.16.7
WA10.210.8
TAS0.92.0
NT0.91.1
ACT1.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-241.0-9.99.9
25-3418.0-23.623.6
35-4432.8-21.721.7
45-5424.9-20.820.8
55-5912.3-8.88.8
60-646.7-6.06.0
65 and Over4.3-4.04.0

Education Level

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 Certificate10-8.68.6
Bachelor degree27.4-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV12-18.918.9
Year 1222-18.718.7
Years 11 & 109.6-17.717.7
Below Year 103-8.18.1

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9199.04 - Supply Chain Managers.

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