Supply Chain Management
What is the role of a supply chain manager?
A supply manager helps to transfer products from the manufacturers and suppliers right to the retail door, this vital role makes sure that businesses stay fully stocked.
There are a number of jobs titles available in supply chains, when starting the job duties may include:
- Planning a dilivery timetable
- Ensuring stores have enough stock and that they are meeting the demand
- Overseeing the ordering and packing processes
- Tracking and over seeing products through depots to make use they arrive at their destination
Why supply chain management?
In the 1980's companies discovered new manufacturing technologies and strategies that allowed them to reduce costs and better compete in different markets. Strategies such as just-in-time manufacturing, kanban, lean manufacturing, total quality management, and others... And vast quantities of resources were invested in implementing these strategies. In the last few year it has become clear that many companies have reduced manufacturing costs as much as is possible. Many companies are discovering that an effective supply chain management is the next step to increasing profit and market share.
- Work with managers and buyers to select products that are in demand and will sell
- Negotiate and manage contracts with suppliers
- Plan best ways to get goods from suppliers to distribution centres then on to retailers (most efficient)
- Track shipment and stock levels using computer software
- Making sure retailers receive their goods on time and in the right condition.
- Looks at ways to improve the supply chain network
- Monitor overall performance to make sure targets are being met
- Prepare forecasts and company's management team
- Recuit, train and manage a team of supply chain staff
Hours and salary
30-40 per week
- starting at £20,000 per year
- Experienced managers earn between £25,000 and £45,000 per year
- Senior supply chain manager £60,000 per year
An example of a supply chain management job
- Planning and organisation skills
- Motivational and team leadership
- Well-spoken and written communication
- Problem solving and math skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to use computer packages; such as spreadsheets and databases
- Work well under-pressure and meet deadlines
- Good geographical knowledge
What are hard skills?
What are soft skills?
- Gender; Female: 70 percent, Male: 30 percent
- Working pattern; Self employed: 9 percent, Full times: 81 percent, Part time: 10 percent
Employment is predicted that by 2020, 230,0000 people will be employed as a supply chain manager. As it stands at the moment in 2016 210,0000 people working in the industry.
Most likely routes:
- Foundation degree
- Relevant degrees, such as logistics, international transport, supply chain management, transport management...