Supply Chain Manager Career

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What is a Supply Chain Manager?

Supply Chain managers plan and organise the movement of products from the manufacturers and suppliers right through to the customers, this pivotal role keeps our shops fully stocked for business. Opportunities are pretty much endless since almost every business needs a strong supply chain team to keep up with the turnaround of stock.

What does it involve?

  • Managing a supply chain from production to delivery
  • Control deliveries so products get to the right place at the right time
  • Work alongside buyers to see what products are selling
  • Monitoring stock levels
  • Work closely with suppliers
  • Tracking products to make sure they arrive at their destinations
  • Overseeing arrival of shipments
  • Planning deliveries
  • Work with factories to make sure that they are complying with set standards
  • Meeting with suppliers
  • Recruit and train staff
  • Managing a team of supply chain staff
  • Ensure targets are met
  • Motivate team
  • Track stock levels, ensuring stores have enough stock
  • Look at how the supply chain system could be improved

Skills/Qualities

  • Remain calm under pressure
  • Good negotiator
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Adaptable
  • Quick thinking
  • Planning skills
  • Willingness to get job done
  • Flexibility
  • Be able to prioritise
  • Multilingual - not necessary, but can be immensely helpful

Salary/Hours

Typically a Supply Chain manager works 30-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. The hours usually between 8am-5pm although some companies run 24 hours so night shifts are a possibility.


A starting salary is on average £20,000 a year.


Experience and working your way up to management level, you could expect to earn between £25,000 - £35,000


The Senior Supply Chain managers can earn up to £60,000

Qualifications

The most popular way into supply chain management is with a degree in a related to topic, some including:

  • Business Management
  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transport Management


or with these qualifications,


  • NVQ in distribution, warehousing and storage operations Level 3
  • NVQ in integrated logistics support management Level 4


Alternatively there is the option of starting as an intern/trainee in a company to gain the relevant work experience and working your way up to management level.

Where you could work...

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