Supply and distribution managers coordinate supply, storage and distribution of goods produced by organisations.

Where supply and distribution managers are employed

Inventory and supply officers work in hospitals and government agencies, and in construction, defence, manufacturing, mining, service, transport, wholesale and retail firms.

Increased use of computers and automation in inventory and stores management has affected the nature of inventory and supply work, with many businesses moving towards a single, automated warehousing operation focusing on just-in-time delivery, rather than a number of smaller stores that maintain large amounts of stock.


Full-time supply and distribution managers in South Australia generally earn $1,600 or more per week.

Graph of pay scales for Supply and Distribution Managers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,751 people employed full-time as supply and distribution managers in South Australia, compared with 1,568 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as an inventory and supply officer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. However, entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in business, purchasing or transport and logistics. You can also become an inventory and supply officer through a traineeship in purchasing, logistics or wholesale. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

For more information see traineeships.  Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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