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Job Description of a Distribution Analyst

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Distribution analysts play a key role in a supplier's business decision-making processes. They support customer service initiatives and communicate pricing, trade and client data to relevant departments within a company.

Nature of the Work

A distribution analyst oversees the logistics of all purchases, including shipment monitoring, order verification and redirection of shipments, depending on business needs.

Education and Training

A distribution analyst typically holds a bachelor's degree in a business-related field, although a senior professional with managerial duties might have a master's degree in business management.


In 2010, a distribution analyst earned an annual median salary of $74,000, according to the career information website Indeed.


The job resources web portal Onet Online indicates that a distribution analyst must have good communication skills (written and verbal) and critical-thinking aptitude when performing duties.

Working Conditions

A distribution analyst works normal business hours, Monday through Friday. She may be busier at the end of each quarter or year providing information to internal or external auditors.


Marquis Codjia is a New York-based freelance writer, investor and banker. He has authored articles since 2000, covering topics such as politics, technology and business. A certified public accountant and certified financial manager, Codjia received a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University, majoring in investment analysis and financial management.

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