ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model and Assessment

Don’t Just Succeed in Supply Chain, Master It.

The ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model, formerly the ISM Mastery Model™, is a comprehensive set of competency-based standards for high-performing supply management practitioners worldwide. The Supply Chain Assessment delivered through an online questionnaire generates a complete picture of individual skill sets aligned to specific job roles. The assessment is designed to evaluate each designated employee in their specific role within your organization and identify strengths and skill gaps in core competencies.

The Supply Chain Assessment has provided organizations insight into their talent in various industry sectors such as Defense & Aerospace, Engineering, Finance & Insurance, Government Agencies, Manufacturing, Technology, Transportation & Warehousing, Utilities, and Retail.

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ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model -Competency Areas Evaluated

The ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model is formulated on detailed and routine job analysis and assessments. The model is made up of 16 core competencies and more than 79 sub-competencies in the following categories: 

  • Business Acumen & Leadership
  • Category Management (Commodity Management)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Ethics
  • Cost & Price Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Legal & Contractual
  • Logistics & Materials Management
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Quality management
  • Risk
  • Sales & Operations Planning
  • Sourcing
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Systems Capability & Technology

ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model – Assessment Levels

The model defines anticipated skill levels at four stages of career maturity. This allows you to gauge your level of proficiency from fundamental to mastery and gain insights needed to build a professional development plan to positively impact your career success.


Basic and Fundamental Knowledge


Possesses Knowledge & Skill


Proficient, Knowledgeable, Decision-Maker


Strategic, Forward-Thinking, Results Focused

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