Is supply planner a difficult career?

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5 years in planning. I think it’s boils down to you as a individual and the role in supply chain you play a part in. Supply chain is a very broad aspect and as a fresh graduate, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be taking on the full on force of supply chain when you start. You may go into logistics, procurement , warehousing, or planning, and each of this has its different challenges. Understand these challenges is crucial in supply chain. Then comes the problem solving, lean and etc.


LOL. I guess that depends on your talents, likes, and what sorts of tasks you consider "difficult."

In all honesty, the size and niche of the business are more important factors.

Due to inadequate resources, a poor ERP system, and the vast variety of responsibilities you will be given, working for smaller and more specialized companies will be more challenging.

I have friends who work as supply planners. I don't think there is ever an easy job out there. But to answer your question, yes. It is difficult.

Well, yes. The biggest challenge is the lack of reliable data. Any given company, regardless of size, has data spread across numerous systems. There's always that missing link in between.

Supply chain planning is becoming a specialized profession requiring, among other things, data scientist expertise. The skillset mismatch is what I find very challenging.

Difficult in terms of what, OP? It's quite subjective since a lot of factors can play into this.

Yes. Especially when you're just starting out. But the thing is, you learn a lot as time goes by. If you're lucky enough to have a supportive team, then that's a win.

There is no job that was made so easy. There can be challenges but once you have the familiarity of all the challenges that you may encounter as a supply planner, it will not going to be that much of a stress.

In a way, yes. The unavailability of useful data has been the biggest challenge for effective supply chain planning. “All the companies of any given size have data in a bunch of different systems. The problem is that it is not connected. There is nobody that’s got good, clean data in one system that you can get access to.

You can say that. Complexity of supply chains also makes planning difficult. A business may plan to produce thousands of product SKUs across multiple locations. As demand patterns and supply availability vary across locations, planning becomes complicated. Different plans may have to be made depending on demand and supply dynamics.

Do you mean in terms of work life balance? In that case, I would say it depends a lot on the size of the company.

It can be a tedious job, it depends on how much you like the job honestly.

I think it is a very competitive career but i don't think difficult.

I think earlier in my career it was harder but now I think I have a pretty good work life balance

I've been in planning for 3 years. Yes, it is hard. But I don't think it's the same for everyone.

Yes, it is. I don't think there is an easy job. For this role, you need to have a comprehensive combination of hard and soft skills.

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