Supply chain manager

Supply chain managers organise the movement of goods and materials from suppliers and manufacturers to customers.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become a supply chain manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • logistics
  • supply chain management
  • transport management
  • business management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to start on a supply chain advanced or higher apprenticeship, which could lead onto a supply chain leadership degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Work

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.

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Further information

You can find more details about careers and training in the supply chain industry through The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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

Day-to-day tasks

Depending on which part of the supply chain you're in, your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • working with procurement managers and buyers to select products that are in demand and will sell
  • negotiating and managing contracts with suppliers
  • planning the best way to get goods from suppliers to distribution centres and retailers
  • tracking shipments and stock levels using computer software
  • working with retailers to make sure they receive their goods on time and in the right condition
  • looking at ways to improve supply chain networks
  • monitoring overall performance to make sure targets are met
  • preparing forecasts and inventories
  • recruiting, training and managing a team of supply chain staff

Working environment

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a supply chain manager right now.

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Courses In England

Procurement - Procurement and Supply Environment

  • Provider: Havant & South Downs College
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location:

CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply

  • Provider: ENCOMPASS CONSULTANCY LIMITED
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Kingston upon Hull

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