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Supply chain manager

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

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter


£48,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become

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How to become a supply chain manager

You can get into this job through:

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


Trainee manager positions are open to graduates of most subjects though you may find it useful to do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in subjects like:

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

You can find out about industry sponsored degree courses in supply chain management from NOVUS.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You may be able to apply for a Supply Chain Practitioner Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, which could lead to an assistant position.

You might also be able to do a Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship, such as:

  • Supply Chain Leadership Professional
  • Express Delivery Manager
  • Senior Procurement and Supply Chain Professional

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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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

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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

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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 will sell well
  • 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
  • make sure retailers 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

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to senior planning jobs and consultancy work.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Warehouse Supervisor Apprentice

  • Wage: £13,312.00 Annually
  • Location: Beeston

Supply Chain Leadership Degree Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £24,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire

Courses In England

CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply

  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: Darlington

Diploma in International Supply Chain Logistics

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: DAVENTRY

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