Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers
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.
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
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow moderately
- is likely to reach 47,000 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 94% of people employed as Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 28 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 47 hours per week in their main job. This is 3 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
More than half of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Median full-time earnings are $2,698 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $2,442
- 1 in 4 earn more than $3,058
Median hourly earnings are $71, this is much more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers||All Jobs Average|
Around 72% of Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers is 45 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 22% of the workforce. This is 26 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.9||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Extensive experience or a formal qualification in a related field (like business management, purchasing or warehousing and distribution) is needed to work as a Supply, Distribution or Procurement Manager. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||12.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||10.5||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
57%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
57%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
55%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Reading work related information.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking to others.
52%Management of material resources
Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.
52%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Teaching people how to do something.
Looking for ways to help people.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
73%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
70%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
68%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
61%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
59%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
57%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
54%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
53%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
47%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
46%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
35%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
33%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
52%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
45%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
45%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Do two or more things at the same time.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
83%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
77%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
76%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
76%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
75%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
74%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
73%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
72%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
72%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
71%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
71%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
71%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
70%Hiring and organising staff
Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees.
69%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
68%Managing payments and orders
Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.
67%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
67%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
62%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
61%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
59%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
97%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Work with people in a group or team.
90%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
84%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
84%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
81%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
80%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
79%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
78%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
76%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
67%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
61%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
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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.