15 months after graduating
91% of our strategy and operations graduates are in work or further study
100% of strategy and operations graduates in highly skilled work said their degree was a formal requirement or gave them an advantage*
Degrees relating to
Operations and Supply Chain Management can prepare you for very specific and/or
technical career options, in addition to equipping you with skills that will
prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. Roles within Operations
and Supply Chain Management can be varied and exciting, requiring adaptability
in sometimes pressured environments. Due to the nature of Operations and Supply
Chain Management you could choose to work in many different areas of the world,
such as the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.
Job options that
relate directly to these degrees include:
- operations manager
- production manager
- logistics and distribution manager
- supply chain manager
- freight forwarder
- quality assurance manager
- project manager.
Some of the sectors
where these roles may be particularly prominent include: engineering and
manufacturing; food science and technology; textile and trade industries.
However, with so many different goods and products exported between countries
on a daily basis you could work for any number of different companies.
Additionally, roles in Operations can be found across the public, private and
charity/third sectors, opening up a huge range of opportunities throughout your
career from Universities to food manufacturing and distribution companies and
animal rescue charities, to name just a few.
You could also
apply the broader skills developed during your degree to many other
opportunities: it is estimated that although graduate employers often specify a
minimum degree classification as part of their shortlisting, approximately 70%
of graduate employers do not specify that you must have studied a particular
subject to work for them. However, graduate employers do highly prize skills
such as strategic planning, resilience under pressure, creative problem-solving
and commercial awareness which are some of the key skills you can develop
during your course. Therefore, you could use your degree to access work in a
multitude of sectors or industries.
Researching your career options
such a wide range of careers open to you as an Operations and Supply Chain
Management graduate, it is important to make sure you explore and research your
options thoroughly so that you can make informed decisions about your
a look at the Prospects, TargetJobs and the professional associations websites
also find useful information at:
Below is a
snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth Operations and Supply
Chain Management graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation.
For some graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to professional posts
by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Graduate Management Trainee
- Assistant Manager
- Secondary School Business Studies and Maths Teacher
- Secondary School Teacher
- Project Mangement Graduate
- Public Health intelligence Analyst
- Assistant Surveyor
- Project Officer
- Sales Analyst
- Supply Chain Management Graduate Trainee
- Assistant Buyer
- Marketing Assistant
- Recruitment Consultant
Some employers in
this sector use recruitment agencies to support their recruitment. The
following may be helpful sources of information; however, while agencies can
tell you about the employer they will usually not advise who the job is with
until interview stage.
- Channel 3 Consulting
- Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust
- Defence Equipment and Support, Ministry of Defence
- Devon County Council
- Direct Online Services
- Enterprise Holdings
- Leonardo Helicopters
- O'Higgins Investment Group
- Rolls-Royce plc
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 23 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.