The supply chain management (SCM) major is designed to prepare students to become leaders in supply chain management, a total systems approach taken by companies, suppliers, and partners to deliver manufactured products to the end customer. Information technology is used to coordinate all elements of the supply chain from sourcing parts to coordination of retailers to achieve a level of integration that results in a competitive advantage that is not available in traditional logistics systems.
One of the important advantages of being a supply chain management major is the linkage that exists between the major and the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence. This McCombs-wide research center has over a dozen sponsor companies from across various industries, including: Advanced Micro Devices, Boeing, Chevron, Dell, Frito-Lay, Procter and Gamble, and Texas Instruments, along with several others. This critical relationship between industry and the faculty and students in the SCM program at McCombs creates a forum for the curriculum to be constantly reviewed by industry to ensure its relevancy and content. It also promotes numerous opportunities for the students and sponsor companies to interact regularly and build relationships that can potentially lead to future employment. The center works with students, faculty, and sponsor companies to promote internships, practicum projects, field trip, and recruiting events.
Entry-level positions in supply chain management include buyer, materials manager, risk management analyst, logistics planner, and staff consultant. Supply chain managers tend to be individuals with good communication and negotiation skills who are systems oriented (analytical people who see the "big" picture).