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Supply Chain Manager

Position Overview

A supply chain manager coordinates and organises all supply chain logistics to ensure operations run smoothly and product is distributed in a timely manner. The supply chain consists of strategy development, raw materials sourcing, manufacturing, delivery, and a return system. The supply chain manager aims to keep costs and shortages as low as possible. The strategy should be developed in a way that achieves this, as well as creating productive, efficient, and quality operations, especially during the manufacturing stage. This can improve the company's bottom line and is critical to the success of the company. If the supply chain is not run effectively, a company may receive bad press for either late products or pricy recalls. The supply chain also needs a return system so that unwanted or defected products can be handled appropriately. This job is needed in many different industries and in all sizes of organizations. They are in charge of finding the best pricing for the materials needed for their products, and overseeing the shipping of products from the warehouse. This job usually requires travel and extended work hours.

Supply Chain Manager Duties

  • Develop a strategy to ensure smooth logistics
  • Source best prices for raw materials
  • Forecast for seasonal shifts
  • Negotiate pricing when necessary
  • Ensure manufacturing processes are efficient and productive
  • See that transportation and shipping runs smoothly and products are delivered on time
  • Select most time-effective transportation routes
  • Implement an effective return system for damaged product
  • Assess amount of staff needed for certain operations, such as moving or unloading materials
  • Appraise supplier abilities through on-site appointments
  • Analyze supplier performance

Typical Employers

  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Consumer packaged goods manufacturers
  • Food and beverage manufacturers
  • Aerospace companies
  • Defense companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Software companies
  • Technical companies - automotive, construction, electronics

Required Education and Training

Supply chain managers should have a master's or bachelor's degree in a related field, such as business, management, economics, or manufacturing. Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years of experience in a related role. This could include project management, e-business, logistics, or purchasing.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Strong business ethics
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Understanding of e-business systems
  • Knowledgeable regarding legal contracts
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong presenting skills

Average Salary

The salary for a supply chain manager can vary greatly depending on experience and industry. The median salary is £39,000, with a range from £26,000 to £52,000. Bonuses in this type of position are fairly common. Jobs in this field have a positive outlook for the future due to the growing importance of effective logistics in an organization.