Supply Chain manager

Pippa Maidment

What is supply chain management?

Supply chain management is the process which controls the movement/flow of goods and services from souring raw materials to consumption. The supply chain is linking all the activities together- buying, making, moving and selling. Materials and information flow both up and down the supply chain (upstream and downstream) and they manage returns at each stage.


  • using IT systems to look at the stock levels, delivery times and transport costs
  • using information systems to control the order cycle
  • evaluate the performance and quality and look for improvement
  • manage staff and control resources according to any improvements
  • Talk to and negotiate with suppliers and customers
  • Gain new contracts and develop the business by making any improvements needed to keep the customer happy
  • help to develop e-commerce (commercial transactions conducted electronically on the Internet- oxford dictionary)
  • help improve and develop the business performance such as legislation, fuel costs and any environmental issues
What is Supply Chain Management?

Characteristics/skills needed:

  • hard working
  • good time management
  • the ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • commercial awareness
  • numeracy skills
  • a degree of IT literacy and able to handle electronic data
  • someone how can cope with change
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • good team working skills and leadership skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • negotiation and analytical skills
  • a positive attitude in order to work effectively

Salary and hours:

Starting wage is between £20,000 and £25,000 and with experience it can progress up to £45,000. A senior position can earn up to £60,000

Working hours is usually Monday-Friday 8am till 6pm or you could be on a rota basis.


National Careers Service. 2016. Supply chain manager job information | National Careers Service . [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 21 September 2016].

YouTube. 2016. What is Supply Chain Management? - YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 21 September 2016].