Supply and Distribution Managers manage the supply, storage and distribution of goods produced by organisations.

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

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in business management, purchasing, warehousing and distribution or a related field is needed to work as a Supply and Distribution Manager. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Supply and Distribution Managers.

Tasks

  • Determines, implements, and monitors the strategies, policies and plans for purchasing, storage, and distribution.
  • Prepares and implements plans to maintain the required stock levels at minimum cost.
  • May negotiate contracts with suppliers to meet quality, cost and delivery requirements.
  • Monitor and review storage and inventory systems to meet supply requirements and control stock levels.
  • Operates recording systems to track all movements of supplies and finished goods, to ensure the re-ordering and re-stocking at optimal times.
  • Liaise with other departments and customers concerning requirements for outward goods and associated forwarding transportation.
  • Oversees the recording of purchase, storage and distribution transactions.
  • Directs staff activities and monitors their performance.

More about Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers

All Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers

  • $2,519 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Supply and Distribution Managers

  • 24,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 19% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Supply and Distribution Managers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 27,700 in 2011 to 24,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Supply and Distribution Managers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 19% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing41.3
Manufacturing13.1
Wholesale Trade11.3
Public Administration and Safety8.3
Other Industries26.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSupply and Distribution ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW34.131.6
VIC27.425.6
QLD18.220.0
SA6.47.0
WA10.210.8
TAS1.22.0
NT1.11.0
ACT1.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSupply and Distribution ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-242.2-9.39.3
25-3418.2-22.922.9
35-4429.5-22.022.0
45-5430.0-21.621.6
55-5910.9-9.09.0
60-646.2-6.06.0
65 and Over2.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSupply and Distribution ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree18.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV16.7-21.121.1
Year 1220.2-18.118.1
Year 115.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below12.0-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in business management, purchasing, warehousing and distribution or a related field is needed to work as a Supply and Distribution Manager. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Supply and Distribution Managers.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • 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.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Administration and management

    70% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  3. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Education and training

    61% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and 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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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    100% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    97% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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