Career options in global supply chain management Career Options

Guide to internships and full-time employment

Office of Career Planning and Placement

What is global supply chain management?

Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) is the management of worldwide product flow for organizations and businesses. Careers in supply chain consist of purchasing components and finished goods, deciding on manufacturing and warehouse locations, and determining inventory and transportation strategies.

Courses within the GSCM major provide a solid background in many subjects including:

  • Quality management
  • Manufacturing operations
  • GSCM strategy and planning
  • GSCM-related software and tools
  • Global supply chain analysis and planning
  • Managing raw materials and finished products
  • GSCM across manufacturing, purchasing, and logistics
  • Buyer-seller relationships, innovation and purchasing

Areas of global supply chain management:

  • Purchasing
  • Warehousing
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Customer service
  • Demand planning
  • Inventory management
  • Materials management

Traditional career titles

Entry-level titles

Top GSCM industries

  • Inventory Planning and Control Manager
  • Transportation Manger
  • Materials Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Entry-Level Buyer
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Materials Management Associate
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Healthcare
  • Financial Solutions
  • Retail and Wholesale
  • Manufacturing
  • Banks
  • Service Institutions
  • Transportation and Carriers

Review the global supply chain management program page.

What can I do with this major?


Suggested Employers


  • Transport planning
  • Inventory management
  • Operations management
  • Customs and trade management
  • Warehousing planning and management
  • Global purchasing and materials management
  • Order management and GSCM-related customer service
  • Honda
  • DTE Energy
  • General Motors
  • Masco Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Stellantis

Retail & Wholesale

  • Distribution
  • Purchasing
  • Warehousing
  • Supplier sourcing
  • Inventory planning
  • Inbound freight management
  • Outbound freight management
  • Customs and trade management
  • Merchandising and global supplier management
  • Cintas
  • Target
  • SFL Companies
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributions

Service Institutions & Third Party Services Suppliers

  • Operations
  • Purchasing
  • Systems management
  • Airfreight operations or marketing
  • Third-party contracted warehousing
  • Customs brokerage and trade management
  • Third-party contracted transportation planning
  • XPO Logistics
  • Ryder Logistics
  • Penske Logistics
  • DHL Supply Chain
  • Lineage Logistics

Transportation & Carriers

  • Traffic management
  • Systems management
  • Airfreight operations or marketing
  • Ocean carriers operations or marketing
  • Freight railroads operations or marketing
  • TL and LTL trucking operations or marketing
  • UPS
  • FedEx
  • CSX Rail
  • Delta Airlines
  • Expeditors International


  • Sourcing
  • Procurement
  • Inventory management
  • Materials management
  • Supply chain management
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Ascension Health System
  • Beaumont Health
  • Tenet Healthcare

Career fair

  • Annual career fairs are held for Ilitch Business students and alumni to meet with employers in various functions for internships/co-op positions and full-time employment
  • Check Handshake for details

Internships and full-time employment

  • Internships occur during the fall, winter, and summer months
  • Full-time recruiting occurs during the first three months of the fall and winter semester
  • Check Handshake for details

Quick prep tips

  • Apply for jobs, register for Career, Planning and Placement events, research employers on Handshake
  • Attend networking receptions, company presentations, career fair prep and mock interviews
  • Attend Ilitch School careers fairs as well as other local career events
  • Submit resume for review and approval on Handshake or schedule an appointment with a Career, Planning and Placement advisor
  • Prepare for upcoming interviews. How?
    • Meet with a Career, Planning and Placement advisor for one-on-one guidance
    • Schedule for "Monday mock" Interviews, check on Handshake for details
  • Research GSCM companies.
  • Purchase business professional attire or borrow attire from the Mary Ann Goldsberry Professional Dress Closet located in Career, Planning and Placement, Suite 299.

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