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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (SCM) involves the management of materials and information across the entire supply chain. This includes raw material suppliers, component producers, final assembly and distribution, and may include after-sales service and returns or recycling. Supply chain management has gained importance in recent years as organizations recognize the tremendous advantages that can be realized through collaborative management of the whole logistics and transportation network (chain).

In a sparsely populated but geographically large country like Canada, efficient management of transportation and logistics is vital to the country's economic growth. With the emergence of global markets, the need for logistics management has become even more critical. In addition, Calgary is an increasingly important transportation hub. For these reasons, many of our graduates are likely to be directly or indirectly involved in SCM.

Students choosing this concentration will be required to take three core courses: Materials and Supply Chain Management, Transportation Systems and Analysis, and a Senior Project course. They have the opportunity to be exposed to diverse topics such as service operations management, negotiation, regulatory economics, transportation planning, services marketing, and project management. The curriculum will often include industry-based projects.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Verbal and written communication - Ability to summarize, condense and organize ideas and information; Ability to articulate, explain, and teach technical information to others; Ability to question and probe to improve business processes;  Communicating Business process Improvement(BPI) Methodology and Tools ; LEAN principles

Problem-solving - Defining and solving problems; Approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; Analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; Decision making skills; Advanced quantitative abilities; Trouble shooting

Organization and attention to detail - Independent worker, ability to meet deadlines; demonstrate precision and accuracy in data collection and observation; data, time and resource management;

Interpersonal - Working in a team; oversee, supervise and contribute to a project

Research - Analyze and evaluate information; interpretation of trends from results; gather and access data

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Operations Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Buyer
  • Industrial Buyer
  • Logistics Manager
  • Supply Chain Management Professional
  • Traffic Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • Logistics Consultant
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Transportation Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Inventory Analyst

Potential Industries

  • Consulting Firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Transportation Companies
  • Distribution organizations
  • Logistic Service Providers
  • Service Institutions
  • Raw Materials Suppliers
  • Oil & Gas Extraction
  • Chain Stores
  • Federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • Construction and manufacturing companies
  • School boards
  • Regional health authorities
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Large business firms

Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

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Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Haskayne School of Business
Scurfield Hall, 351
T: 403.220.6593

Haskayne Career Centre
Scurfield Hall, 350
T: 403.220.6743

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020