What does a Supply Chain Planner do?

Supply chain planners anticipate and maintain stock levels to ensure a business runs smoothly by performing routine stock inspections, anticipated market changes, and ensuring that inventory levels are financially feasible. They assess the business’s financial structure and inventory storage capabilities and count and track inventory across multiple locations. Supply chain planners can anticipate stock demands based on current and future business projections and analyze market trends for the best times to purchase particular types of inventory.

Supply chain planners create inventory reports, present suggestions to a supply chain manager or other members of upper management, and ensure the business has a steady stock-flow without an overabundance of materials. They suggest changes to inventory warehousing when necessary so the company can navigate increased or reduced demand. Supply chain planners need a bachelor's degree in business management, logistics, or related fields and at least three years of experience working in logistics or supply chain management.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Supply Chain Planner Salaries

Average Base Pay

€47,298 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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€39K
Median: €47K
€60K
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Supply Chain Planner Career Path

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Supply Chain Planner Insights

Read what Supply Chain Planner professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Johnson & JohnsonJohnson & Johnson
Supply Chain Planner
13 Feb 2021

“Not clear future career paths and development plans”

MRC Creations
Supply Chain Planner
12 Mar 2021

“My boss is super kind and gives me trust to handle my work.”

OakleyOakley
Supply Chain Planner
14 Aug 2020

“Great people and fun place to work with.”

CaterpillarCaterpillar
Senior Supply Chain Planner
10 Oct 2019

“People around me and within my team genuinely cared about the work I was doing and wanted to help however they could.”

CanforCanfor
Supply Chain Planner
5 Oct 2020

“career growth seems impossible if your boss didnt get promoted”

Smithfield FoodsSmithfield Foods
Director Supply Planning
18 Nov 2020

“Above average pay for industry”

Aperture Group (United Kingdom)
Supply Chain Planner
23 Jul 2021

“Good People to work with”

NestléNestlé
Supply Chain Planner
21 Feb 2020

“The pay is averagely good”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a supply chain planner

When working as a supply chain planner, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are EXCEL Access, MS Word, Excellent Communication, Interpersonal and Communication and Microsoft Powerpoint.

The most similar professions to supply chain planner are:
  • Demand Planner
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Supply Chain Specialist
  • Supply Chain Analyst

The most common qualifications to become a supply chain planner is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.