Job titles: Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain Engineer,

Supply Chain is quite simply the sequence of processes involved in the production and distribution of a commodity. The position of Supply Chain Manager will exist in large manufacturing and retail companies where you will direct/coordinate production, purchasing, warehousing, distribution and financial forecasting to limit the cost and improve the efficiency for the customer.

The role is a complex coordination of various people in each internal division, external 3PL’s and customers. The main aim is to evaluate the existing inventory procedures, storage facilities and distribution processes then streamline everything to maximise output.


  • working with procurement managers and buyers to select products that are in demand
  • negotiating and managing contracts with suppliers, vendors, or freight forwarders
  • planning the best way to get goods from suppliers to distribution centres and retailers
  • Select transportation routes to maximize economy by combining shipments or consolidating warehousing and distribution.
  • Assess appropriate material handling equipment needs and staffing levels to load, unload, move, or store materials
  • tracking shipments and stock levels using computer software
  • working with clients,making sure they receive their goods on time and in the right condition
  • looking at ways to improve supply chain networks, diagram supply chain models to help facilitate discussions with customers
  • monitoring overall performance to make sure targets are met
  • preparing forecasts and inventories, monitor forecasts and quotas to identify changes or to determine their effect on supply chain activities.
  • recruiting, training and managing a team of supply chain staff
  • Review or update supply chain practices in accordance with new or changing environmental policies, standards, regulations, or laws
  • Collaborate with other departments, such as procurement, engineering, and quality assurance, to identify or qualify new suppliers.
  • Analyze information about supplier performance or procurement program success
  • Document physical supply chain processes, such as workflows, cycle times, position responsibilities, or system flows
  • Design or implement plant warehousing strategies for production materials or finished products
  • Confer with supply chain planners to forecast demand or create supply plans that ensure availability of materials or products
  • Define performance metrics for measurement, comparison, or evaluation of supply chain factors, such as product cost or quality
  • Analyze inventories to determine how to increase inventory turns, reduce waste, or optimize customer service
  • Participate in the coordination of engineering changes, product line extensions, or new product launches to ensure orderly and timely transitions in material or production flow
  • Manage activities related to strategic or tactical purchasing, material requirements planning, inventory control, warehousing, or receiving
  • Design or implement supply chains that support business strategies adapted to changing market conditions, new business opportunities, or cost reduction strategies
  • Design, implement, or oversee product take back or reverse logistics programs to ensure products are recycled, reused, or responsibly disposed
  • Identify opportunities to reuse or recycle materials to minimize consumption of new materials, minimize waste, or to convert wastes to by-products
  • Investigate or review the carbon footprints and environmental performance records of current or potential storage and distribution service providers
  • Locate or select biodegradable, non-toxic, or other environmentally friendly raw materials for manufacturing processes


  • Strong communication skills, liaising with supervisors, planners and other co-workers
  • Able to develop and build team work ethic, planning and maintaining relationships
  • Analyse data and information from IT systems to look at trends and identify improvement areas that can improve process
  • Processing information and developing new ideas/strategies
  • Team training and staffing issues
  • Monitor and control resources
  • Creativity and designing new ideas and building team input


Supply Chain Management is a diverse job role and can mean spanning a variety of divisions to ensure all are interacting with each other to the best of their ability. Therefore, a range of qualifications can be appropriate but not mandatory;

  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM)
  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
  • NVQ in Logistics, Supply Chain and Distribution
  • BA (Hons) or BSc in a relevant degree (Logistics or Business)
  • Level 3 – 7 Chartered Institute of Leadership and Management

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