Entry Senior

Supply Chain Analyst

About This Career

Supply Chain Analysts identify efficiencies or recommend changes by analyzing supplier capabilities, service levels, product delivery, supply chain processes, spending and trends. They research industry trends, analyze organizational processes and workflows to identify gaps, make recommendations for improvement, and ensure compliance with organizational governance requirements. They also contribute to the development, maintenance and optimization of supply chain policies. Depending on the size of oil and gas company, their scope of activities can include land management functions, drilling logistics and asset lifecycle management.

Supply Chain Analysts interact with internal staff and external clients and suppliers involved in the purchasing and movement of goods and services. They also contribute to the development of Requests for Information (RFIs), Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and all elements of contracts from creation to execution and renewal.   

Education: A post-secondary degree in business or supply chain management may be required.

Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, pipelines and oil and gas services.

Example titles: Process Improvement Analyst, Supply Chain Business Analyst, Logistics Analyst, Procurement Analyst, Inventory and Improvement Analyst

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Providing ongoing analyses in areas such as transportation costs, parts procurement, back orders and delivery processes.
Developing unit spend profiles (by category, supplier, location, etc.).
Performing a spend analysis for specific categories, including drawing data from internal systems, requesting data from vendors, analyzing spend data and invoices, and preparing summary level analysis.
Applying Information
Supporting senior staff as they develop and execute strategies against client spend categories, business areas and vendors.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Serving as primary contact for all surplus equipment disposition.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Supporting and leading presentations for identified stakeholder groups.
Documenting/Recording Information
Maintaining fixed asset databases, and serving as primary contact for all surplus equipment disposition.
Organizing and documenting all analysis steps and assumptions for future reference, and supporting ongoing reporting in compliance with organizational procurement policies and procedures.
Documenting process and work flows.
Drafting, Laying Out and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts and Equipment
Developing and executing Request for Information (RFI) / Request for Proposal (RFP) documentation.
Getting Information
Researching industry benchmarks (e.g. pricing, quality, product changes, service levels, trends).
Researching and analyzing the supply market and supplier capabilities to provide strategic insight.
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services or People
Researching industry benchmarks (pricing, quality, product changes, service levels, trends, etc.) and analyze the supply market and supplier capability to provide strategic insight.
Maintaining Relationships
Developing and maintaining strategic relationships with key service providers and suppliers to ensure best quality service, commercial terms, safety, and surety of services.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources
Managing contracts from creation to execution and renewal.
Tracking and monitoring key supply chain metrics (cost savings, cost avoidance, inventory, etc.)
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring and tracking key supply chain metrics (e.g., cost savings, cost avoidance, inventory, inventory losses).
Processing Information
Calculating and tracking the benefits after a contract is signed/negotiated.
Planning and Organizing
Attention to Detail
Document Use
Critical Thinking
Computer use
Career Path
  • Examples of progressive or lateral occupations within the Oil and Gas Industry:
  • E-commerce Analyst, Category Specialist, Category Manager, Director of Supply Chain
  • Business Analyst to Fleet Analyst to Purchaser/Buyer
  • Procurement Technician to Contracts Administrator or Procurement Analyst
Related Careers
How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • LNG facility operations

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
Transferable Sectors
  • Transportation industries (air, rail, truck)
  • Machinery, equipment and supplies wholesaler-distributors
  • Building material and supplies wholesaler-distributors
  • Food, beverage and tobacco wholesaler-distributors
  • Farm product wholesaler-distributors
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing
  • Computer and electronic product manufacturing
  • Machinery manufacturing
  • Fabricated metal product manufacturing
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Local, municipal and regional public administration
  • Hospitals
  • Food manufacturing
  • Specialty trade contractors
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Utilities
Job Details

Job Category

Business and Operations Support


Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands




Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


  • A Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation is the most common designation. A Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation may also be acceptable.
  • Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements.