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Supply Chain Analyst

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€30k > 60 
Inventory Staff
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€27 - 60 
Related Information:
Inventory Controller: 27 - 45
Inventory Analyst: 35 - 60
Inventory Manager: 30 - 60
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Morgan McKinley / Sigmar

Last Updated: July, 2015

Supply Chain / Vendor Staff
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€28 - 150 
Related Information:
Supply Chain Analyst / Planner: 28 - 60
Supply Chain Manager: 45 - 90
Supply Chain Director: 80 - 150
Vendor Manager: 45 - 70
Commodity Manager: 50 - 75
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Morgan McKinley / Sigmar

Last Updated: July, 2015

Inventory Controller
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€27 - 45 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Morgan McKinley

Last Updated: July, 2015

Inventory Analyst
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€35 - 60 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Morgan McKinley

Last Updated: July, 2015

Inventory Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€30 - 60 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Sigmar

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2015 has identified shortages of skills relevant to supply
chain management to include:

  • Inventory control/planning,
  • Order receivables and management,
  • ERP skills,
  • Supply chain analysis
  • e-Sourcing solutions,
  • SAP, SharePoint Supplier, Indirect Purchasing,
  • Freight forwarding and customs control. 

Persons holding professional qualifications (e.g. APICS, IIPMM (Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management)) are particulary in demand. In addition to technical skills, a proficiency in
foreign languages (EU languages in particular) is frequently required for supply chain roles (spanning administrative to managerial).

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Occupational Category

Managers & Directors in Transport & Logistics

Also included in this category:

Transport managers; fleet managers; logistics managers; storage managers; warehouse managers

Number Employed:

6,300

Part time workers: 4%
Aged over 55: 13%
Male / Female: 82 / 18%
Non-Nationals: 10%
With Third Level: 39%
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At a Glance... header image

Works to improve, predict and enhance supply chain processes in areas such as manufacturing, retailing and logistics.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Maintain databases of logistics information.

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Interpret data on logistics elements, such as availability, maintainability, reliability, supply chain management, strategic sourcing or distribution, supplier management, or transportation.

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Provide ongoing analyses in areas such as transportation costs, parts procurement, back orders, or delivery processes.

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Prepare reports on logistics performance measures.

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Confer with logistics management teams to determine ways to optimize service levels, maintain supply-chain efficiency, or minimize cost.

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Remotely monitor the flow of vehicles or inventory, using Web-based logistics information systems to track vehicles or containers.

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Track product flow from origin to final delivery.

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Recommend improvements to existing or planned logistics processes.

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Enter logistics-related data into databases.

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Develop or maintain models for logistics uses, such as cost estimating or demand forecasting.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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