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Intriduction to the role of a Supply Chain Manager.

What a Supply Chain Manager is;

Supply chain managers plan and arrange the movement of goods and materials from suppliers and manufacturers to the put where it reaches the customers.

Skills you require

In this job you would need to be a good problem solver and have excellent number and communication skills. You would also need a good geographical knowledge of the area your supply chain covers, which could be local, national or international.

  • good spoken and written communication skills
  • good problem-solving and maths skills
  • attention to detail


Starting salaries for graduates can be from £20,000 to £25,000 a year. Experienced managers can earn between £25,000 and £45,000. Senior supply chain managers can earn up to £60,000 a year.

Educational requirements to be a Supply Chain Manager

The most common way of becoming a Supply Chain Manager is to take a foundation degree HNC (level 7)/HND (level8)

  • HNC allows you to gain knowledge and skills in areas such as logistics procurement, operations management and quality management
  • HND allows you to build on the knowledge and skills of the HNC and involves a more strategic application of all areas of the supply chain.
You could also work your way up to become a Supply Chain Manager by working as a junoir then a transport clerk then moving up through supervisory and then finally management levels. In addition by doing this you would gain qualifications such as a Level 2/3 certificate in Logistics and Transport

General working hours of being a Supply Chain Manager

Being a Supply Chain Manager you'd generally work from 8:00am - 6:00pm. You could potentially be required to work later evenings or on weekends on a rota basis.

Working environment

You would work in an office however you may be required to move around to meet clients/potential clients, which could also mean travelling abroad.

An example of the Zara Supply Chain

It gives a detailed explanation of what happens at each stage. Also that it goes back to the start from two points

  • Where it is shipped to a country then the products are dealt with by someone else in that country


  • When Zara dispatch the products to the retailers themselves

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