Supply chain manager
Managers in logistics > Supply Chain Manager
Logistics and Supply Chain | Managerial | Transport
Supply chain managers organise the movement of goods and materials from suppliers and manufacturers to customers.
£20,000 Starter - £60,000 Experienced
38 to 40 a week (evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this role
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- supply chain management
- transport management
- business management
You'll usually need 1 or 2 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma. You'll need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
You may be able to start on a supply chain practitioner Level 3 apprenticeship, which could lead onto a supply chain leadership or express delivery manager degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for a Level 3 apprenticeship. You'll need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
You could start in a junior role like transport clerk and work your way up through training and promotion.
You can do work-based training courses through The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- business management skills
- leadership skills
- knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- analytical thinking skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
What you’ll do
Depending on which part of the supply chain you're in, day-to-day you may:
- work with procurement managers and buyers to select products that are in demand and will sell
- negotiate and manage contracts with suppliers
- plan the best way to get goods from suppliers to distribution centres and retailers
- track shipments and stock levels using computer software
- work with retailers to make sure they receive their goods on time and in the right condition
- look at ways to improve supply chain networks
- monitor overall performance to make sure targets are met
- prepare forecasts and inventories
- recruit, train and manage a team of supply chain staff
You could work in an office or at a client's business.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to senior planning jobs and consultancy work.